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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

 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
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
 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

Features

Mother Helping Daughter Struggling With Homework

How parents can help their kids meet Common Core State Standards

OC FAMILY STAFF
Bad teachers create a lackluster schooling experience.

Do we still need teacher tenure?

The process of firing a teacher is long and costly
KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
Angry teacher with wooden stick

Bad teacher: Here's your road map for dealing with difficult teachers

KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
 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

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
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
Marla Jo Fisher

Frumpy Mom: A son's identity crisis opens a few new doors

BY MARLA JO FISHER
An invited guest is silhoutted against a colorful display during the launch of Disney California Adventure Park's

10 ways to improve Disneyland

BY KEDRIC FRANCIS