Grow

Happy Female Cashier At Cash Counter

Working for the weekend

A guide to your teen's first job
DR. JIM BURNS
Braxton Bell, 12 and Lux Fiona Skyler, 11 pose for a bully photo illustration for OC Family on April 2, 2015.

When your child is the bully

Is your kid just going through a phase or is it something more?
AMY BENTLEY
Mother Suffering From Post Natal Depression

Beyond the baby blues

Both mother and child can suffer from often undiagnosed anxiety disorders.
SONYA QUICK
comforting

Have a soft heart

In today's modern world, small acts of kindness can make a big difference.
ROXANNE HACK

Baby shower etiquette

JESSICA HUSAMI

Lifestyle

10 lifestyle tips for saving more water

BY EVAN MARKS
 These distressed mason jars can be used as flower vases, containers for craft materials or anything else that needs holding.

Vintage-inspired mason jars

DENISE SMALDINO

The ABCs of healthful eating

BY MILES MASATSUGU
 Cover Me Ponchos are made of lightweight jersey knit, come in an array of fun prints and feature wide necklines.

Mom boss

With these products, you can buy from an O.C. mama
ELAINA FRANCIS

Things We Love: Stroller roundup!

ELAINA FRANCIS

Features

A photo illustration shows Deborah Hernandez, Laura Kasbar, and Dr. Susan Huang, from left, three of our inspiring moms from Orange County.

Six O.C. moms making a difference

LORI BASHEDA

Test run

'The future of testing isn't pencil and paper anymore': Debut of online California tests sparks issues for parents.
KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
 Jan Henry, director of development at The Pet Rescue Center,  and her adopted dog, Monty.

What to ask before adding a furry family member

Connor Khamis, 5, of San Clemente

The power of creativity

When focusing on core academics, don't let the potential benefits of artistic activities for your child fall by the wayside.
SUSAN BELKNAPP
The Markovsky family, Nick , Michelle, Anthony, 3, and Krista, 2, spent time together at and around their home in Yorba Linda on Saturday.             //ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Life.Family.Cover.Adoption.0328â€" 02/21/15 â€" ED CRISOSTOMO, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER-OC Family freelance writer Amy Bentley (amybentley1@yahoo.com) has an upcoming story on adoption for both the OC Family magazine and Saturday Life centerpiece the newspaper. One of the families she talks to is Michelle Markovsky and her husband Nick, who adopted two children from the Orange County Social Services agency - a boy, now 3, and a girl, 1.5. Her adoption is pending and is not yet final (it won't be final until at least May) so you the girl's face can't be shown because she is still a foster child (maybe have her mom hold her?).   Visual Editor's Notes and Comments:  I am looking for a nice portrait of the family but remember you can show the little girl's face. Maybe take a couple shots without her just to be safe. Since the photos and story are running in both the newspaper and the magazine, please shoot both verticals and horizontals. They live on a golf course so we maybe be able to take advantage of that great scenery. thanks!    B64471154Z.1

Finding Family: Stories of Adoption

AMY BENTLEY

Columns

Family matters

When you hit a low, your relationships might be your salvation
SUSAN BELKNAPP
That's me around 1968 with my mom, Juliet Roberts, in Las Vegas.

Skyler: Thanks for the huge hippocampus, Mom

BY HEATHER SKYLER

Kids are like an infectious disease

BY MARLA JO FISHER
Heather Skyler

Parents, foster the success of dealing with failure

HEATHER SKYLER

Parenting Voices: Partners in child rearing

BY KEDRIC FRANCIS