Archives for April 2016

5 Tips to Lessen Summer Visitation Drama

Summer is when many of us create some of the best memories with our children. For divorced parents who have limited custody during school months, summer visitation can provide an excellent opportunity to extend visits and spend quality time with their children. It also allows for children to maintain a loving relationship with both parents after a divorce. Parents typically follow a child custody order issued by the court during the divorce. However, if your current child custody order does not suit your summer visitation needs, you can request to have it amended, but you must plan ahead to ensure...

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Your Summer Camp Search – Solved

If you’re looking for help in comparing summer camps, check out the new Summer Camp Guide at You’ll find it at the top of the homepage, in the “What’s Hot” menu. The guide has links to our articles about choosing a summer camp, traditional camps and camps for kids with disabilities, and it’s also where you’ll find our Ask the Camp Director section filled with tips from local camp directors. And thanks to a partnership with ActivityHero, you can also use this new tool to sort and compare camps by criteria that are important to you – location, age,...

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5 Don’ts For a Stronger Marriage

Given enough time and togetherness, any relationship between two people will face a challenge or two. And all marriages take a bit of work, no matter how in love you are. “Love is a component, but it really is only one component,” says clinical psychologist Darren Sush, Psy.D., whose Brentwood-based practice specializes in helping parents of children with autism. Many other things come into play in making a marriage work. Having a child with special needs can impact a marriage in several ways. It can cause couples to ignore their marriage completely as they focus on caring for their child....

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WE Day Rewards Local Teens For Giving Back

Sixteen thousand teenagers flocked to the Forum April 7 to see performances from Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Big Sean. However, this wasn’t a concert – at least not an ordinary one. These kids were getting a day off from school as a thank you for their involvement in community service or social activism as part of the year-long WE Schools program. The program was developed by ME to WE, a nonprofit social enterprise founded by Marc and Craig Kielburger, brothers who believe teens can be empowered to do social good. Craig founded the charity organization Feed The Children when...

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On the Record: What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

Every year when my husband asks, "What do you want for Mother's Day?" I always respond exactly the same way: “Amor, I don't need a Mother's Day gift. My kids are enough." But wait a minute, who am I kidding? I do want something! Why do I feel guilty admitting that I secretly want something for Mother’s Day? Is it because I feel like I should not get a gift for just “doing my job” as a mother? Honestly, I feel like a hypocrite hoping for one thing and saying another when he asks the question. I just want him...

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L.A. Parent Recognized for Writing and Design Excellence

L.A. Parent was recognized with seven awards at the annual Parenting Media Association Editorial and Design Awards Competition April 20 in Indianapolis, IN. From among 645 entries submitted, L.A. Parent was singled out for bronze awards for the design of the 2015-16 “Education Guide” cover and the excellent writing in the 2015 “Your Child With Special Needs” publication. In addition, the article “They Won’t Be Kids Forever” in “Your Child With Special Needs” was recognized with a gold award for feature writing. “Your Child With Special Needs” was also honored with silver awards for cover design and general excellence. Additional...

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Big Sunday Just Got Bigger

Big Sunday really isn’t just a “big Sunday.” It has evolved in recent years into a three-day weekend of lending a hand and volunteer activities that ranks as one of America’s largest regional community-service efforts. This year, Big Sunday is growing again. The organization is turning May into “A Month of Big Sundays,” with volunteer projects taking place every day from May 1 through May 31. The public will be able to lend a hand in a number of ways – working in shelters, cleaning up schools and visiting nursing homes. Meanwhile, Big Sunday actually operates all year around, offering...

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The Container Store and Goodwill Want to Help You Kiss Clutter Goodbye

The Container Store is teaming up with Goodwill Southern California to help customers Kiss Clutter Goodbye. Through May 15, The Container Store is encouraging customers to de-clutter, donate and do life organized. The spring campaign includes item-donation weekend events April 23-24 and April 30-May 1 at The Container Store’s locations, as well as a call for monetary donations to Goodwill Southern California through May 15. “In partnership with Goodwill, we’re thrilled to help our customers kiss clutter goodbye and say hello to organization. From the tiny home craze and focus on downsizing to the popularity of books on de-cluttering, including...

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women's health - heart matters

Heart Health For Moms – Don’t Miss a Beat

Kathy Magliato and a 35-year-old named Cristin technically never met, but the thin and lovely blonde made an impression on Magliato anyway. Cristin arrived at Providence Saint John’s Health Center direct from the treadmill at a Santa Monica gym in full cardiac arrest. She died. In her 2010 book “Heart Matters: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon,” Magliato, a cardiothoracic surgeon on staff at Saint John’s, shares Cristin’s story to convince women to take better care of their hearts. “Almost every woman we see with heart disease, we can pinpoint some element of prevention that she missed,” says the...

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Hogg’s Hollow Track Meet Is Fun On the Run

There was one exclamation repeated over and over again at Hogg's Hollow Preschool's annual Track and Field Meet last month: "They're pretty good!" Children ages 3-6 competed in a range of contests at the March 18 extravaganza, taking full advantage of the La Cañada-Flintridge facility and its adjacent track field while showing off almost a year of training in a variety of events. There were foot and bicycle races, tug of wars, rock wall climbing, basketball dribbling, ball throws, summersaults and more, with the students grouped in categories by age. The competitions went back-to-back on the sunny spring morning, while parents...

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