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Holiday Gift Giving

With the holidays just around the corner, children and adults alike are struggling to find that “right” gift for a loved one and become concerned with issues such as quantity, quality, degree of personal appreciation, and amount of money available for gift buying in an economy that is tight for many.  The giving of a […]

Listen up parents, if your kids get bored over the upcoming Holiday vacation, things could get rough. However, some simple things you can do will not only make the Holiday time for enjoyable for them, but also for you with Holiday activities. Although many children complain about school work, the social benefits of the school […]

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Adolescent Attitudes

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Attitude (def): Often a parent’s worst nightmare.  Evidence of an “attitude” begins as early as 2 years of age and remains intact through ages 16 to 17 frequently manifesting when a child or adolescent is feeling thwarted, is in a bad mood, tired, or when interrupted of refrained from an activity of their choice.  Many […]

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Whenever North Shore Girls Softball starts warming up for their season, I began to wonder what my daughter should be doing as a San Diego athlete to prepare.  She is playing Fall Ball for the league, which is a good start.  After all, practice makes perfect.  However, during the time she tucks away her bat during […]

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When you play with your kids, do you let them win?  If your kid is under the age of 10, you should really consider letting your child win.  Children between the ages of 4 and 10, are obsessed with the concepts of winning, losing, and fairness.  After all, growing up means giving up all sorts of childhood […]

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Eating Healthy Beans Beans, beans, the musical fruit. Well, they may be musical for some. More importantly however, they’re one of the richest sources of plant-based protein available. A daily staple throughout history, legumes have supplied the bulk of protein for numerous cultures. Yet in much of our western culture, animal foods have largely displaced […]

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The Preschool Years, Ages 3-5 While all kids grow at their own pace, there are certain child development milestones to be aware of as a parent. Milestones show where your child might need help, but they also give you a heads-up as to what’s just down the road, so you can take a deep breath […]

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The Western pallet (especially Americans) craves sweet and salty foods from early childhood; hence the sugar addiction.  This is a vast contrast to the Eastern pallet, which craves sour, bitter, and pungent foods.  Food manufacturers use this fact as to their benefit by adding sugar into nearly every food product available on the market.  For […]

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Can You Keep Your Kid’s Toys Organized? My husband and I spent the better part of our busy, child rearing years functioning out of a charming little 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch house before hauling our family to Carmel Valley a few years ago. We did a ton of entertaining as well, so containing 4 […]

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Post High School Graduation and what should you expect next. Many High School Seniors will graduate either this week or next. Then, in just a few months, they will be leaving the comfort of their homes, family, and friends to embark upon a new stage in their lives – “the life of college”. On the surface, […]

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“Get Outside San Diego is the first of its kind,” said Dan Rademacher of the nonprofit GreenInfo Network, the site’s creator. “While search engines and web maps can be useful for finding neighborhood parks, they don’t have accurate park details for the entire county. Get Outside San Diego allows users to search for all San […]

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You’ve heard the old saying “quality time” versus “quantity time” haven’t you? Well, when it comes to spending time with kids, this old adage speaks loud and clear.  Most invested parents do their best to spend time with their kids and hope that those times together will be cherished moments in the minds of their […]

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