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 Marla Jo Fisher and her mother, back when she was young and mom was blond.

Marla Jo Fisher: For your sanity, concoct fake friends

BY MARLA JO FISHER
four month old baby in owl hat sleeping on blue blanket

Keep tooth decay at bay

RICHARD SPAULDING
It's always a good idea to learn about a dentist prior to your visit. Online research can tell you if the dentist is a member of national, state or local professional organizations, how the staff schedules appointments, and how off-hour emergencies are handled.

Which comes first, the dentist or the tooth fairy?

Tips for the dentist visit
DR. RICHARD P. MUNGO
When it comes to the issue of teens and privacy – and how much parental scrutiny a teen should be prepared to open himself or herself up to – parents often find themselves in a pickle.

How much privacy should you allow your teenager?

There's a fine line between protecting and being overbearing
BLAKE WYMAN
A new baby – whether it's your first, your second or your 10th child – brings challenges and excitement to any family – and a few worries.

What! You're having another baby, Mom?

Parents should take steps to help siblings adapt to a new arrival
AMY BENTLEY

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When it comes to the issue of teens and privacy – and how much parental scrutiny a teen should be prepared to open himself or herself up to – parents often find themselves in a pickle.

How much privacy should you allow your teenager?

There's a fine line between protecting and being overbearing
BLAKE WYMAN
A new baby – whether it's your first, your second or your 10th child – brings challenges and excitement to any family – and a few worries.

What! You're having another baby, Mom?

Parents should take steps to help siblings adapt to a new arrival
AMY BENTLEY
 You don't have to introduce foods in any particular order. All babies are going to advance with foods at their own rate, so feeding them fruit first does not mean they will inherit a sweet tooth for life. (Thinkstock)

Myths and tips about baby's first foods

BY DAWN ANTIS
 A CDC study revealed that in 2013, 35 percent of high school students consumed alcohol; of those teens, 21 percent admitted to binge drinking. (Thinkstock)

How can your teen learn to party responsibly?

BY MICHELLE THOMPSON
 “There is a big unmet need,” says Dr. Tony Ortiz, a clinical investigator and the scientific director at NRC Research Institute in Orange. Over his 20-year career, he's aided in the investigation of schizophrenia, depression, ADHD and Alzheimer's disease. “The key to finding a treatment,” he explains, “is identifying a biomarker.”

New hope for children on the spectrum

Experimental treatment being tested in local clinical trial
TANYA WARD GOODMAN

Lifestyle

four month old baby in owl hat sleeping on blue blanket

Keep tooth decay at bay

RICHARD SPAULDING
It's always a good idea to learn about a dentist prior to your visit. Online research can tell you if the dentist is a member of national, state or local professional organizations, how the staff schedules appointments, and how off-hour emergencies are handled.

Which comes first, the dentist or the tooth fairy?

Tips for the dentist visit
DR. RICHARD P. MUNGO
Here is what the string art looks like when it is completed. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

How to make your own string art

BY DENISE SMALDINO
When is the right time to have a baby? (Thinkstock)

On the fence about having kids

BY JILL HAMILTON
Never before have we had so much access to information during our pregnancies. (Thinkstock)

Best pregnancy apps

BY LIL LOVINUS

Features

Izumikawa started by dressing Joey up as Sia, complete with a blond wig covering her eyes, as a mermaid with two shells delicately placed on her chest and a long red wig.

Laura Izumikawa found fame on Instagram

She has more than 500,000 followers by dressing up her baby
BY JESSIE DAX-SETKUS
Siblings from left, Jacob Bullock, 8, from left, Zachary Bullock 5, and  Liam Bullock, 2, garner the benefits of growing up with siblings. They play at a neighborhood park in Trabuco Canyon on Friday October 21, 2016. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The power of siblings

BY JILL HAMILTON
Physical therapist Kerry Wagner, left, works with 3-year-old Joshua at Heritage Park in Irvine on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Joshua has a brain disorder called Corpus Callosum. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A local boy struggles with a rare disorder

BY JENNA L. JONES
 (L to R) Maria Mota (Youth Specialist), Nathan Yaugo (Intern) and Jennifer Fernandez (Tutor/Youth Specialist) play Bananagrams with a male youth staying at the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter

Temporary home

BY JOELLE CASTEIX
Alice Waters, the Bay Area chef credited with launching the farm to table movement decades ago at her Bay Area bistro Chez Panisse, hosted the Ecology Center's Green Feast.

Alice Waters: Farm-to-fork chef wants Orange County schools to eat locally

BY NANCY LUNA

Columns

Newborn Phoenix Keichline was born four years after his brother, Jaxson, drowned. His father says Phoenix brought us hope, and along with that, a renewed sense of life and energy. (Photo courtesy of Theresa Willerford, Lollipops And Slingshots Photography)

Heartbreak after losing our son

You don't move on from the deepest pain a person can experience; you move forward.
BY SETH KEICHLINE
Kedric Francis holding his youngest daughter, Mabel. (Photo by Elaina Francis)

Babies by the book

BY KEDRIC FRANCIS
Heather Skyler

I dropped my best friend's flute ...

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 The Gowen family walks with friends from Imola during a summer vacation in 1980. The town, founded around 82 BC, is home to a Formula 1 racetrack named after two members of the Ferrari family.

Multigenerational travel: Parents, grandparents and the trip of a lifetime to Italy

BY SAMANTHA GOWEN
Kedric Francis holding his youngest daughter, Mabel. (Photo by Elaina Francis)

Screen king

Our 6-year-old is obsessed with Mario Bros., and I don't care...much
BY KEDRIC FRANCIS