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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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Halloween Book List. With Halloween right around the corner, why not explore some children’s literature for Halloween fun! Whether your child is a Carmel Valley San Diego community preschooler, an independent reader, or somewhere in between, I have some children’s Halloween books to recommend. These books explore ideas, customs, activities, crafts, fun, and background about […]

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Halloween Tips It’s that time of the year again where most kids in the community of Carmel Valley San Diego are busy daydreaming about getting ready for another Halloween. Dressing up, decorating the house, and making things “spooky” is all in the October weeks prior to the “big day”. However, the spirit of Halloween can […]

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When parents get anxious, children get anxious.  It’s really that simple.  That old adage of “take care of yourself, before trying to take care of others”, applies to parenting as well.  After all, most invested parents in the community of Carmel Valley San Diego will state that parenting is the most important, rewarding, yet most […]

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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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Why Healthy Social Skills Are Important For most Carmel Valley San Diego parents, their children developing successful friendships is as important as academic dedication, solid morals, and family values.  But as all adults realize, friendships are both complicated and confusing especially for children as most do not understand that friends are anything but perfect and […]

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In the old days, it used to only be that hard-working and dedicated high school student who was sleep-deprived trying to fit everything in to make their college application look as spiffy as possible, but no longer. Due to the increased pressures of school and education, guilt-ridden working parents who have trouble saying “no”, I-pods, […]

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Can Music Enhance One’s Life? What are the benefits of music and taking private music lessons?  As Carmel Valley parents, this is a question we often ask ourselves.  We live in a community that can offer pretty much everything for our kids.  So many activities, so many sports, so many ways to improve our kids’ […]

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First off I would like to welcome you all to my first article with The Carmel Valley Life.  I love this site and am excited to share some practical information that I hope everyone can use.  I started Fit N Fun Kids with the hopes of helping many kids and making a positive impact in […]

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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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