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
 Heather Skyler's grandmother, Elizabeth Jones, is shown in her Model T that she named Fidelia. (Photo courtesy of Heather Skyler)

Mine was a family shaped by a murder

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Newborn Phoenix Keichline was born four years after his brother, Jaxson, drowned. His father says Phoenix brought us hope, and along with that, a renewed sense of life and energy. (Photo courtesy of Theresa Willerford, Lollipops And Slingshots Photography)

Heartbreak after losing our son

BY SETH KEICHLINE
 The Gowen family walks with friends from Imola during a summer vacation in 1980. The town, founded around 82 BC, is home to a Formula 1 racetrack named after two members of the Ferrari family.

Multigenerational travel: Parents, grandparents and the trip of a lifetime to Italy

BY SAMANTHA GOWEN
Chris and Brooke Staggs on their 2011 honeymoon to Sydney, Australia

The baby box

Where do the mementos go when you decide not to have kids?
BY BROOKE STAGGS
I was in a special position. I knew from working with thousands of victims that making your child safer from abuse is easy. There is a side benefit – your relationship with your child is strengthened. (Thinkstock)

Stopping Predators

Straight talk, honest, trust: tools for proving childhood sexual abuse
BY JOELLE CASTEIX
Sarah, left, with mother Karen Kelso and brother Samuel Rightmire during a happier period: a trip to London in 2012, before Sarah began showing symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos.

What's wrong with my daughter? A mom describes the misery of an elusive diagnosis

BY KAREN KELSO
 Theresa Cisneros, from left, father Ray Salinas, mother Vera Salinas, husband Mike Cisneros and son Joseph Cisneros, 4. In front are daughters Sofia, 8, and Isabella Cisneros, 9. They're standing in front of the veterans mural on North Custer Street near Washington Avenue in the Logan neighborhood of Santa Ana.

A daughter gets a push from the past

BY THERESA CISNEROS
The family from left to right is, Theresa Cisneros, 38, her father Ray Salinas, 63, her mother Vera Salinas, 63, Mike Cisneros, 38, Joseph Cisneros, 4, in front is Sofia Cisneros, 8 and Isabella Cisneros, 9 stand together in front of the veteran's mural on North Custer Street near Washington Avenue in the Logan neighborhood of Santa Ana.  (Michael Goulding, Orange County Register)

A push from the past

Learning about my family's history helped me shape my future
BY THERESA CISNEROS
Tanya Ward Goodman with her father 1999

The geography of Alzheimer's

Spending time with my father helped me learn a delicate balancing act
BY TANYA WARD GOODMAN
 Shalina Miller gives Bill “G.P.” Campos a hug after dropping off her two children at Linda Vista Elementary in Orange.

Retired Marine a soothing presence at Linda Vista Elementary

BY SAMANTHA DUNN

The stoic role of an empty nester

My daughter is so joyful that it's difficult to feel sad for very long
BY SUZANNE REDFEARN
 Co-parenting requires coordination, communication and technology.

Co-parenting: How this divorced mom and dad make it work

BY ROXANNE HACK
 Jorge Medina, with stepson, Cody, 10, and father-in-law, Mike Longobardy, in front of Angel Stadium.

How to be a stepdad

BY JORGE MEDINA
 Pam Marshak and her daughter, Willie Porter, overlooking The Forum in Rome. (2015)

What I learned while my daughter studied aboard

BY PAM MARSHAK
 Max Pimentel, shown with his dad, Joseph, starts school at the end of August at Weaver Elementary in Rossmoor.

How I found a great kindergarten for my son

BY JOSEPH PIMENTEL
Retro TV with Clipping Path

Screen-free? No thanks

A dad disagrees that TV time is bad for his kids.
BY MICHAEL HEWITT
When you hit a low, your relationships might be your salvation.

Family matters

When you hit a low, your relationships might be your salvation
SUSAN BELKNAPP
Beckey Brumfield recently celebrated her 10-year wedding anniver-sary with her husband, Patrick, in  Northern California.

When a marriage truly soars

BY BECKEY BRUMFIELD
Cup of coffee and laptop on wooden table.

Bad dates: a single mom steps out

ROXANNE HACK