Karen Casler plays her djembe drum in San Clemente. Casler grew up in a conservative family and never felt like she belonged. Later in life she discovered she was adopted and reconnected with her biological siblings using DNA tests. Friday, January 6, 2017. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Moms and dads face many important decisions as they traverse the new terrain of Parenthood. (Thinkstock)

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Fiver-year-old twins Layla, left, and Lilly Cole of Yorba Linda wait for Santa at O'Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon.

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Cora Rice at eight days old. Parents are Rob and Angela Rice of Aliso Viejo. August 18, 2016. (photo by Kaysha Weiner, contributing photographer)

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From left: Rowan Moore, 5, of Fullerton as

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 Karina Pitz, 8, from left, Daniela Suh, 7, and Grayson Crosby, 8, enjoy school lunch at Top of the World Elementary School in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Stella Caviston, 6, of Orange, Joshua Kobzeff, 7, of Fountain Valley, and Bella Caviston, 6, of Orange, wear the colorful trend for OC Family's back-to-school trends package. Styled by Leslie Christen. Hair and makeup by Abigail Nuezca.

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 Cedar Grove Park.

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Eric Garcia, 8, of Fullerton plays on the lighthouse slide at Marina Park in Newport Beach. Marina Park is one of OC Family's 10 best playgrounds in OC for 2016. May 20, 2016,

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€œLa Tour,€ a 60-foot castle-like tower, was built in 1926 and was used as a way to get from the house down to Victoria Beach, just south of downtown Laguna Beach. Poured concrete with an ocean stone foundation it has a spiral stairway inside. It was built for California State Senator William Edward Brown and his family.

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 Aidan Agarwal, 10, of Rancho Santa Margarita and Madison LaBerge, 13, of Yorba Linda canoe at Newport Dunes/Camp James. According to the American Camp Association, the average cost of day camp nationwide in 2015 was $271 per week, and the average cost per week of overnight camp was $704.

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The Hannegan Family: Shaughnessy, 11, Conan, 2, Ryan, 36, Declan, 3, Finnian, 8, Seamus, 6, Kilian, 9, and Korinne, 31. Taken Christmas 2015. Photo by Korinne Hannigan (tripod and timer)

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Olive Schaffner, 3, plays with a piggy bank while learning about money on Nov. 25, 2015.

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4th Street Market, Santa Ana: Similar to the Packing House, this relatively new space has a wide range of tasty food (including Torch, a smore co.) craft beers, coffee and an outdoor area with communal table and big murals. 4thstreetmarket.com

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‘We're gonna need a bigger boat'  Shark Attack   The Antis family   of Irvine  Ally Antis (age 17)   and Dawn Antis  CHARACTERS: Lifeguards  COSTUMES: Swimsuits,   shorts, red inflatable floats   and whistles (Amazon)  Charles Antis  CHARACTER: Surfer/  shark-attack victim  COSTUME: Tank top, board shorts and inflatable surfboard (Amazon)  Charlie and Gracie Antis   (age 14 months)  CHARACTERS: Sharks  COSTUMES: Shark costumes   and white tights (Amazon)

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 Meg Roh, 16, of Dana Point will have completed 1460 (4 years) continuous days of surfing. Roh is photographed at San Onofre State Beach the week before.

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Kieran Hayag, 15, of Irvine plays

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A boy in the under eight children's category races to finish an ear of corn Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Habra Corn Festival during the corn eating contest. The 2012 La Habra Corn Festival celebrates corn with a corn eating contest, displays, and a parade.

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The Simpsons characters are one of the attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Model Trinity Silva wearing Minnie headband (24.95)

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

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Connor Khamis, 5, of San Clemente

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