Grow

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
3 beautiful girlfriend eating ice cream while Selfie photo

It's all about me!

Is narcissism fueled by social media? What's a parent to do?
BY GREG HARDESTY

Lifestyle

 Pew Research Center reported last year that number of fathers who are home primarily to care for their children doubled since 1989, hitting about 2 million in 2012.

Sound advice for stay-at-home dads

BY JILL HAMILTON
This tie-dye shirt is perfect for celebrating the Fourth of July.

Patriotic tie-dye shirts

BY DENISE SMALDINO
Different Family

Things you shouldn't say to (gay) parents

BY JILL HAMILTON

10 things nobody told me about being a parent

You wouldn't believe the things you and your child are capable of.
JILL HAMILTON

Podcasts for the whole family

BY MARCIE TAYLOR

Features

 Kai Perino, 2, of Fountain Valley plays in the sand at Newport Beach Pier.

If you're raising a beach baby, here's some things you should know

BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
Kai Perino, 2, of Fountain Valley plays in the sand at Newport Beach pier on April 26, 2015. Also shown is Kai's mom Laylan Connelly.

Top O.C. kid-friendly beaches

From Seal Beach to Doheny, we've listed our favorite spots for a beach day with the whole family.
BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
Make this bigfoot party bundt cake for an extra special birthday treat.

7 creative party ideas for kids

Throw the kids a party to remember! Go crazy!
BY JILL HAMILTON
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