Archives for December 2016

Our Top Picks for January Fun

From a bilingual Aladdin to celebrations of roosters, whales and human abilities, there are great events on tap for January. These are a few of our favorites.

ABLE Plans Let Those With Disabilities Set Financial Goals

For most of us who would like to save up for something – a new computer, a college class, a trip or even retirement – all we need to do to get started is to open a bank account or take advantage of a retirement or college savings plan. Most people with disabilities don’t have that luxury. Those who take advantage of state and federal government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) risk losing those essential benefits if they save too much. For people with special needs, new option called the ABLE account is...

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The Second City Launches Courses for Kids With Autism

The Second City – which has locations in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood – has been a launching pad for theater and comedy talent for decades. Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey are some of the institution’s more recent alumni. The venue also offers kids comedy, acting and writing classes. And this month, for the first time, the Hollywood location launches a program just for kids with developmental disabilities. In partnership with the nonprofit enrichment program Zip Zap Zop, The Second City is launching “Inclusive Improv: For Kids With Autism and Beyond.” Maja Miletich, CEO and co-founder of Zip Zap...

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We’re Looking for Amazing Folks

We at L.A. Parent are always on the lookout for stories about amazing moms, dad heroes and really cool kids. We want as many eyes and ears as possible to help with our search, and that’s where you come in! Amazing moms: We think all moms are amazing, just because they’re moms. But maybe you know one who gives it a little something extra. Maybe she founded an arts program at her kids’ school, keeps a community garden in bloom or tutors neighborhood kids. Or maybe she started her own local business. She’s the kind of mom we’d like to...

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Pregnancy Is a Great Time For a Massage

Pregnancy is a time of great joy and excitement. It’s also a time of many physical, mental and emotional changes for a woman. Some of these changes, such as a growing belly and hormonal shifts, can create discomfort for the mother-to-be. Getting massages during and after pregnancy can help to alleviate some of these discomforts by relaxing tense muscles, increasing circulation and soothing the nervous system. During pregnancy, many women experience aches and pains in their hips, lower backs, legs and feet due to the added weight of their growing baby and some women experience tension headaches due to stress...

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LAUSD and Los Angeles Public Library Launch Library Card Partnership

On Dec. 7, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles Unified School District to launch the historic Student Success Card program. For the first time, the Los Angeles Public Library is partnering with L.A. Unified to issue a Student Success library card to every student. Bringing together the nation’s second-largest school district and the library system that serves the largest, most diverse urban population in the nation, the Student Success card provides unprecedented access to live online homework help and the library’s vast digital resources to support students’ educational endeavors while preparing them...

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Family Getaway: A Picturesque Holiday Weekend in the Santa Ynez Valley

This is the first year that both my daughters are in college, which makes the holiday time even more special. I’ve been looking forward to having our house full again since move-in day in September, so when we realized midweek that all four of us were free for the weekend, we knew we wanted to go somewhere fun together. We didn’t want to drive too far and we wanted somewhere cozy with holiday lights and good food. We found the perfect spot — the Santa Ynez Valley. With less than a two-hour drive from L.A., we reached our family weekend...

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See the Rose Parade 2017 From All Angles

The Tournament of Roses is an American institution that Southern California can claim as its own. But instead of New Year’s Day, this year’s Rose Parade will take place on Monday, Jan. 2 with the fitting theme of “Never On Sunday.” Founders decreed back in 1893 that the parade would never be staged on a Sunday (and it never has), because they feared the festivities might scare the horses hitched outside of churches. Horses have made way for cars as a mode of transport, but the tradition remains. Southern California residents can get a pre-parade peek at the floats by...

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Glam Boutique Spa Opens in Woodland Hills

There’s a new option for moms looking to get the spa treatment. Lindsay Faulk, an L.A. mom of four girls, has opened the doors to her luxurious day spa in Woodland Hills just in time for some holiday pampering. She sees it as a family business that her daughters can be proud of and a place where they will eventually be pampered. The spa offers spray tans, facials, lash extensions, waxing and sugaring. If you’re looking to go glam for New Year’s Eve or another special event, they also offer mobile services for makeup and hair. The spa’s grand opening took...

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Parents Spend More Than Nine Hours a Day with Screen Media

A first-of-its-kind study released this month by Common Sense Media shows that parents spend more than nine hours (9:22) a day with screen media, the vast majority of that time being spent with personal media (7:43) and only slightly more than 90 minutes devoted to work media. The vast majority of these parents (78%) believe they are good media-use role models for their kids. Meanwhile, many parents are concerned about their children's media use, including thinking that their children may become addicted to technology (56%) and that technology use negatively impacts their children's sleep (34%). "These findings are fascinating because...

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