Archives for November 2016

A Personal Account of an IEP Journey

Lia Martin’s 9-year-old son, Taylor, is a gifted artist – but he also has ADHD. That means, as the former sitcom writer and TV executive puts it, he didn’t enter the classroom seamlessly. Her son’s learning difference eventually led Martin to seek out an IEP (individual education plan), and that journey also was not seamless. It started with her feeling of failure the first time she heard Taylor, then a kindergartner, labeled “special needs.” “In that moment, I felt powerless. I felt unequipped and I wondered what I’d missed,” says Martin, who has also worked in educational nonprofits. Martin has...

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Get in Character for Christmas

Among best-known Christmas characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Grinch must rank in the top five. And both of them can be found in Los Angeles this month. Rudolph will visit just before Christmas as the star of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” which has a four-show run at the Dolby Theater (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood;www.rudolphthemusical.com) at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 23 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24. This stage show, which concludes its national tour in L.A., is inspired by the beloved Rankin/Bass TV program that has entertained generations of kids since 1964. It includes all...

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A Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker Comes to Theaters

If you have a child on the autism spectrum, you might have shied away from ballet – even that most child-friendly ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Children with sensory issues might be overwhelmed by the sound and the spectacle. And those with attention deficits could have a tough time staying quietly in their seats. This month, the Autism Society of America is helping bring “The Nutcracker” to kids with autism in a big (but low-key) way. In partnership with Fathom Events, they will be screening the Bolshoi Ballet production of the holiday classic direct from Moscow at movie theaters Dec. 19. For...

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A Dozen Ways to Celebrate the Season around LA

Take a historical perspective to bring jolly fun to your family’s holidays. Southern California seems always interested in the future – the next cool thing, the next hot trend. Sometimes, however, it is nice to think about the past. The Christmas season is a particularly fitting occasion for this since many generations gather together to celebrate. And despite its modernistic attitude, Southern California has quite a few place that celebrate the season with a sense of history. Adobe and a Brass Band Long Beach’s Rancho Los Cerritos (4600 Virginia Rd., Long Beach) presents its Old Time Christmas Festival from 1-4...

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Creating Your Own Fun Family Traditions

Many family traditions are passed down through the years and are a great way to connect the generations. For my family, I like to incorporate traditions from our childhood and create new family traditions together. I believe traditions help us focus on experiences rather than things. Here are some ideas to help you make a lifetime of memories: Kindness or Service Elf: Our twist on “Elf on the Shelf” is more about giving than receiving. Each day, the elf leaves an act of kindness or service for the kids to do. It can be anything from making their sibling’s bed...

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Rosa’s Mud Cake From “How to Celebrate Everything”

Jenny Rosenstrach doesn’t just write about food. She writes about family, rituals, traditions and how food brings all that together in the most delicious way. “One ritual, family dinner, is so fundamental to the psychological health of our household that we think of it as our North Star, something worth organizing our days – maybe even our lives – around,” she writes. Her popular blog, “Dinner: a Love Story,” is dedicated to this daily ritual of coming together as a family to share a meal. Her previous cookbook, “Dinner: The Playbook,” deconstructed the ritual of daily planning, shopping and prepping...

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Choir Programs Let Kids Sing a Song

Given the chance, most kids love to sing and lots of L.A. programs will help them tune in  As Artistic Director Misha Shtangrud plays the piano to start a rehearsal for MUSYCA Children’s Choir, he sings, “Hello everybody, yes indeed, let’s make music, yes indeed.” His young students joyfully sing along, clearly enjoying the upbeat music and seamlessly transitioning to “Do Re Mi” and “Seasons of Love.” The kids, ages 7-9, are part of MUSYCA’s Junior Choir, one of several youth vocal ensembles led by Shtangrud and his wife, Anna Krendel, executive director and pianist. Both hold doctorates in music...

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Where to Buy, Sell or Trade Your Kids’ Clothes in L.A.

Buying used clothing for children makes a lot of sense, and if you can clear their closets of outgrown duds at the same time, it’s a no-brainer. I hit up the top resale shops in the L.A. area to find out what types of deals I could make. Here’s the rundown on these awesome spots! The Green Bean: This cozy, colorful Eagle Rock shop is run by Traci Green of the family folk band The Hollow Trees. It's a small space, but there's a lot of personality crammed in here. (Disclaimer: Bracelets I make are sold here.) Trade days are...

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