Grow

 Brett Rose gives a lesson to Zoe Garduno at SwimLabs OC.

Water safety 101

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Orange County is full of great volunteer opportunities for teens. Check out  http://www.volunteermatch.org/ for a list of local spots looking for teen volunteers.

How to keep your teen busy this summer

Summer's full of free time. How much is too much for your kid
GREG HARDESTY
Help the child self-monitor. “You can say, ‘ Oh, I am noticing you are doing this, so it's time to get your mittens.'”

Help your kids break those bad habits

Develop strategies to stop unhealthy behavior
AMY BENTLEY
Forget social media, books still offer a wealth of wonderful insight!

4 books that helped me get through my baby's first year

JENN TANAKA
Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton after a surf at home on Kauai during her third trimester.

Is it safe to surf while pregnant?

Baby on board!
LAYLAN CONNELLY

Lifestyle

 A group shot of all three versions of the duct tape pencil cases.

Get ready for school early: Make these cool duct tape pencil cases

BY DENISE SMALDINO
 Crafting It Forward delivers a craft box with an assortment of supplies to kids each month with the option of donating the crafts to a children's hospital or seniors center.

Make something with Crafting It Forward, Capes for Kids, and KraftLove

Teach your children to give back by using their skills to help groups that help others.
BY JAMIE LOBEL
 A group shot of all three versions of the duct tape pencil cases.

Make a statement with duct tape pencil cases

BY DENISE SMALDINO
Spruce up your home with these distressed mason jars by our crafting expert, Denise Smaldino.

Vintage-inspired mason jars

BY DENISE SMALDINO
Finished comic book coasters will be a great gift for your geeky dad. And you made them yourself!

Your superhero dad will love these comic book coasters

BY DENISE SMALDINO

Activities

Alex McNally, 4, holds up his

Free in the O.C. August 2015

Every day of the week there is something free to do!
GENA LOUQUE
Explore the state with your kids at The California Full of Life exhibit at the Children's Museum at La Habra through August 24. Admission is $8.

OC Family Fun Calendar: July 2015

What to do and where to go this month in Orange County
GENA LOUQUE
Five-year-old Sierra Yorba helps plant native plants at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach Saturday. Her mom Monica said they were volunteering on Earth Day because she wants to teach her daughter

Free in the O.C. July 2015

Every day of the week there is something free to do!
GENA LOUQUE

Free in the O.C. June 2015

Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach

Family Fun Calendar: June 2015

Columns

 Eileen, left, and Paco take a walk at Belmont Shore.

Skyler: The joy of having a dog and the sadness of losing one

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Family selfie the last day on the island, which had no running water or electricity. Clockwise from left, Andrew Stillman, Levi Stillman, Malcolm Skyler, Heather Skyler, Jennifer Stillman, Charlotte Stillman, Lux Skyler and John Skyler, in front

Skyler: Forced family bonding has a silver lining

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Marla Jo Fisher, staff columnist

The senior portrait boondoggle

BY MARLA JO FISHER
Retro TV with Clipping Path

Screen-free? No thanks

A dad disagrees that TV time is bad for his kids.
BY MICHAEL HEWITT
 Lux in the moving van, somewhere in New Mexico

Skyler: Moving can take a toll on kids

Pixar's "Inside Out" sparks some memories about our own cross-country trek
BY HEATHER SKYLER