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One life is lost every minute in the U.S. to a prescription drug overdose and 50,000 a year to heroin, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Surgeon General, “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health,” November 2016.

Is your teen addicted to painkillers?

A growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse affects the young
BLAKE WYMAN
When to start sending your child to sleepaway camp depends on the parents, their parenting style and the child's temperament, says Audrey Monke, the longtime camp director at Gold Arrow Camp at Huntington Lake, south of Yosemite. Gold Arrow Camp hosts many campers each summer from Orange County.

Is your kid ready for sleepaway camp?

Advice from experts to help you decide
AMY BENTLEY
There are many places in O.C. where you can work out with your child.

Tone it up with your toddler!

Local spots that offer childcare with your workout
DAWN ANTIS
Miriam Wollesen, a therapist at CBT California/DBT California, with offices in Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Long Beach, cautions not to push the interests you had as a teen on your own kids. “No one likes to feel like they are someone else's idea,” Wollesen says. (Thinkstock)

Don't shove activities or sports down teen's throat

BY BLAKE WYMAN
It's not unusual for kids to have a “potty mouth” or use inappropriate words. But no parent wants to deal with the embarrassment of an F-bomb slipping from your child's mouth at church or back-to-school night. (Thinkstock)

Cursing may indicate intelligence

BY AMY BENTLEY

Features

La Brea Tar Pits

Let your kids be tourists in their own towns

Enrolling my son in a day camp opened up his world to the many nearby wonders
JOELLE CASTEIX
Tantrums have three stages, according to research from the University of Connecticut and the University of Minnesota. Knowing what's coming makes it easier to handle, as does remembering that this too shall pass. Stage one is screaming and yelling. Stage two is physical aggression, hitting, throwing and flailing about. Stage three is sadness. (Thinkstock)

A kinder, gentler discipline

BY JILL HAMILTON
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

BY JESSIE DAX-SETKUS
 The three Bullock brothers reap the benefits of growing up with siblings: Jacob 8, left, Liam, 2, and Zachary, 5. 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

Columns

My son, Malcolm, trying to not hate nature at our campsite in Yosemite last summer

What is the purpose of camp, anyway?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Kedric with his youngest daughter, Mae

The only things I know about summer camp are from the movies

KEDRIC FRANCIS
Liliani Lan Perino was born at 34 weeks and spent a month in the NICU. She is now a healthy toddler. (Photo courtesy of Laylan Connelly)

Unprepared for a preemie

‘When can she go home?' was our constant refrain
BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
Kedric Francis with his wife Elaina, son Otis and daughers Rosie and Mabel.

Average is awesome!

Geniuses are great, but the vast majority of kids end up somewhere in the middle
BY KEDRIC FRANCIS

It's OK that some people aren't drawn to a passion

BY HEATHER SKYLER