Back in June, I had great plans to start a series of articles about our journey to expand our family. The first article came out and I couldn’t have been happier about it, but kids, summer break, and life simply got in the way, plus the drama of adopting children had reached a place in our lives where we questioned ourselves, but I’ll get to that in another article. As we … [Read more...] about Fostering Hope: Deciding an Adoption Path
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What is a regional center? In California, there are 21 regional centers. Regional center clients include people on the autism spectrum as well as people with cerebral palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy, and all other cases involving developmental delays. Recently, my child's regional center reported that approximately 90% of incoming cases are autism-related. Regional … [Read more...] about California’s Regional Center System: Tips and Tricks
Great skin never goes out of style. But between scars, acne, dark under-eye circles, stretch marks and sun damage, we've got our work cut out for us! Not to worry ladies, we've got you (and your skin) covered. We tapped an expert, Dr. Ellen Gendler, a dermatologist for Venus Razors, to answer all your tough skincare queries. Renowned for her … [Read more...] about Ask An Expert: What’s the Skinny on Skincare?
Be warned. There is going to come a day in your parenting career when you will open your mouth to give advice to your kids and nothing will come out. The lack of words is usually because you aren’t sure what to say or you simply don’t want to say it. My own speechlessness often occurs in response to the not-in-the-book sex questions or the drug and alcohol queries about my past … [Read more...] about How to Answer Your Kids’ Not-In-The-Book Sex Questions
Most of us have heard educators’ maxim that kids lose one to three months of academic learning during summer vacation. But in contrast to this “summer learning loss,” moms know another dirty little secret about summer: kids pick up a whole different education during summer, gleaned from new friends at camp, older cousins, those nights around the campfire during your cross … [Read more...] about How to Field the Hard Questions from Kids