7 Steps to Becoming a Well-Behaved Parent

Are you a well-behaved parent? We are all so concerned about our children's behavior, yet so often we act like jerks to our kids. We lose our patience with them, yell at them, tell them what to do without saying “please” or “thank you,” change the TV channel without asking, tell them to move when we want to sit somewhere and expect them to have cleanliness and discipline skills we do not have ourselves. If you are not liking your children’s behavior, maybe it is time to take a look in the mirror. Children do not do what we say, they...

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Products We’re Loving in July

We’ve picked out some great water and pool toys to help your family beat the summer heat, plus a couple of high-tech options for fun when it’s time to go indoors.

Los Angeles Weekend Events

Our 5 Fave Los Angeles Weekend Freebies (July 21-22)

Who loves free fun? We do! This week, meet cute kitties and muppets, star gaze, play some old-fashioned games and enjoy story time and DJ wackiness. On Saturday, head to The Original Farmers Market (always a good destination) and, after picking up some produce, head for the Catty Wagon Pet Adoption van, which will be there from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. This custom-built, mobile adoption vehicle makes it possible for thousands of shelter kittens to find forever homes. Adoptions aren’t free, but it is free to meet the kittens. And finding a new friend is priceless. Star gazing is always free,...

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New Innovative Resource for Parents with Kids who Struggle with Learning and Processing Issues

Parents whose children are struggling with learning, processing, neurodevelopmental and social-emotional difficulties have a new resource to turn to. ChildNEXUS.com, launched in March, was created by pediatric neuropsychologist Karen I. Wilson, Ph.D., because of her passion to ensure that children and adolescents have the tools they need to realize their full potential. ChildNEXUS.com is a one-stop-shop for parents who are seeking information and who are considering services for their children. A parent should consider a free membership with ChildNEXUS.com if: They have a child who is struggling. The site offers informational articles written by professionals for parents whose children are...

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7 Don’t Miss Los Angeles Events in July

This month, you can have fair fun, get improvisational, try your hand sculpting sand, see a free show in the park, learn about fairies and trolls, taste Japanese culture and go wild in the mud.

A Grand Place for Family Performances

Much has changed in downtown L.A. since Grand Performances (grandperformances.org) started offering free summer concerts at California Plaza 32 years ago. What hasn’t changed is the interesting, eclectic lineup. This summer’s wide-ranging schedule features a trio of diverse family concerts in July. Each happens at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Part of the “First Peoples, New Voices” series is “First Nations Now: The Art of Rhymes and Storytelling” July 1. The show will weave together animal tales, origins stories and words of wisdom from across “Turtle Island” (an Indigenous name for North America). July 15 serves up Alphabet Soup, a program...

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#CampReady: Camp, Kids and Communication

You chose your kids’ summer camp so carefully. You asked them about their summer dreams, attended camp fairs and open houses, chatted up directors and camp staff, perused brochures and websites, scoured online reviews and talked with trusted fellow parents. You found camps with great staff and activities your kids love. You gathered up all the necessary supplies and – during the final weeks before school let out – talked about all the fun they would have. And on that first day you sent them off with carefully packed lunches, comfy clothes and shoes and plenty of hugs and kisses....

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Neighborhood Gallery Offers More than Art

Families in the Arlington Heights area of L.A. have a hidden gem in their neighborhood. The Underground Museum, an unassuming storefront art gallery, serves as a community center, farmers market, yoga and meditation studio and outdoor movie theater. Founded by the late painter and installation artist Noah Davis and his wife, Karon Davis, The Underground Museum opened its doors at 3508 W. Washington Blvd. in 2012 as an exhibition space that provided free arts shows. Davis wanted to bring museum-quality art to a traditionally African American and Latino working-class neighborhood. Three years after the grand opening, he died at the...

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5 Ways to Inspire a Love of Music in Kids this Summer

I took my first piano lesson from my mother when I was 5 years old, and have made music my life’s work. I have taught so many gifted children and seen them overcome shyness and embrace the joy of music. Here are five tips for inspiring a love of music in your children this summer. Take them to concerts. There is nothing more musically inspiring than experiencing live music. Taking your children to concerts and music festivals can help foster the lifelong love of music and create fun memories. Many parks and organizations around L.A. are offering affordable or free...

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Products We Love in June

Check out this fun collection of toys and products, with items from Doc McStuffins, Calico Critters, cute musical bears, garden fun and a savvy stroller.

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