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
 (L to R) Maria Mota (Youth Specialist), Nathan Yaugo (Intern) and Jennifer Fernandez (Tutor/Youth Specialist) play Bananagrams with a male youth staying at the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter

Temporary home

BY JOELLE CASTEIX
Alice Waters, the Bay Area chef credited with launching the farm to table movement decades ago at her Bay Area bistro Chez Panisse, hosted the Ecology Center's Green Feast.

Alice Waters: Farm-to-fork chef wants Orange County schools to eat locally

BY NANCY LUNA
 Dr. Scott Li, left, prepares Jimmy Russell, 17, of Long Beach, for an MRI at the Toshiba research center in Irvine. Russell plays for the Servite High School football team.

UC Irvine study taps high school brains

BY COURTNEY PERKES
Get Your Fair Face On at the OC Fair, Wednesdays through Sundays, July 15 to Aug. 14. Highlights include farm animal encounters at Centennial Farm, carnival rides, deep- fried treats, demolition derbies and the musical acts of the Toyota Summer Concert Series in the Pacific Amphitheatre. General admission, $12. Youths 6-12, $7. Kids 6 and younger are free.

20 fun and family-friendly things to do this summer

BY SHARLENE EARNSHAW
Anaheim High School prom in 2015

Prom in the time of Pinterest

NOELLE MEDINA
 Human and animal studies indicate that adoptive parents and fathers also reap brain benefits from taking care of offspring.

Research reveals the upside of mommy brain

BY VICTORIA CLAYTON

Outside In

Tree houses and tents move stylishly indoors for your little campers’ rooms.
DAVID A. KEEPS
 Technological ease is a characteristic of Generation Z, roughly defined as those 21 or younger, studies show.

OMG! Who are Gen Z'ers and what do they want?

BY LAUREN WILLIAMS
If you are behind on your payments and are battling creditors and collection agencies, a nonprofit like Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County can help you put together a plan to reduce your secured (mortgage, auto, rent) and unsecured (credit card) debt.

Getting your financial house in order

BY JOELLE CASTEIX

Around the globe, kids are celebrated in different ways

BY STEPHANIE NGUYEN
A world of traditions

A world of traditions

BY STEPHANIE NGUYEN
Experts on stress, wellness, helicopter parenting and the modern work culture say that busyness has become an epidemic in the U.S.

The busyness epidemic: Are you the victim of an overly full schedule?

BY AMY BENTLEY
 The Zephyr is the Sandwich of the Year from Sessions and features mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, onions, and arugula. Sessions West Coast Deli has locations in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. Check out the rest of the best.

Pile them high: The 6 best sandwiches in Orange County (plus one honorable mention)

BY PAUL HODGINS, BRAD A. JOHNSON, NANCY LUNA AND ANNE VALDESPINO
OC Family asked Orange County parents to name their favorite childhood books! Reading is essential to learning so scan through our list and maybe find some new favorites your kids will love!

Orange County parents share their favorite children’s books.

Did any of your choices make the list?
BY GREG HARDESTY
Find creative ways to spend time together. “Until my daughter was 16 or so she had a clothing allowance, but she couldn't spend it unless I was there. It was an opportunity to do something together,” Rampage says

Rich Kid, Poor Kid: How your Family's income may affect your children

BY JILL HAMILTON
 Joelle Casteix, the Orange County woman who was abused by a choir director in the 1990s at Mater Dei High when she was 15, years later got a settlement from the OC diocese and became an outspoken advocate for other victims as the pedophile priest scandals unfolded.

Author, a former victim at Mater Dei, is raring to take on Pope Francis over Catholic Church sexual abuse

BY THERESA WALKER
Stepping stones painted by children living at the Orangewood Children and Family Center lay on the grounds of the center's 10-acre  facility.

TWO LOCAL NON-PROFITS HELP KIDS IN THE FOSTER SYSTEM

JOELLE CASTEIX

CASA’s volunteers make a difference in the lives of Orange County’s foster children

JOELLE CASTEIX
Greg Hardesty's two children, Rio and Reina

Calling all single dads: Women want to date you!

A new study reveals that many women would prefer to go out with a man who has children.
ARIELLA CARMELL
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
BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
Angry teacher with wooden stick

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

BY 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
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
 Jan Henry, director of development at The Pet Rescue Center,  and her adopted dog, Monty.

What to ask before adding a furry family member

The Markovsky family, Nick , Michelle, Anthony, 3, and Krista, 2, spent time together at and around their home in Yorba Linda on Saturday.

Finding Family: Stories of Adoption

BY AMY BENTLEY