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

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Morgan Williams delivered her twin nieces Monday, fulfilling her younger sister's dream of becoming a mother despite breast cancer. (Photo courtesy of Paxton Family)

Woman pregnant with cancer-stricken sister's babies gives birth to twins

Create art just for you and your sweetheart by placing buttons on canvas to say, ‘I love you,' on Valentine's Day or any day of the year. (Nick Agro, Orange County Register)

How to make a heart on canvas

BY DENISE SMALDINO
 Joseph Gilani, 6, of Dana Point, left, lets Beetlejuice, a California king snake, slither through his fingers as Corey Stafford supervises.  (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

New kids zone at Dana Point Interpretive Center makes nature fun

BY ERIKA I. RITCHIE
 From left, Ladera Ranch Middle School student Rayyan Ali and San Juan Hills High students Amanda Picariello, Kristen Nguyen and Gabriella MacAdam go over plans for upcoming events during the monthly meeting of the Ladera Ranch Teen Leadership Council.

Teen Leadership Council gives Ladera Ranch students a voice

BY NATHAN PERCY
 Pet owners who have dogs with a mild form of separation anxiety – “separation discomfort” or “separation blues” – may be able to benefit from some tools and tips. (Thinkstock)

Dealing with Fido's anxiety

BY JESSICA PERALTA
With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent study, and with some estimating that those rates are higher in Orange County, there's a significant need for resources that will help parents ensure that their children are as successful as possible when they head to high school or college or enter the workplace. (Thinkstock)

Social tips for kids on the spectrum

BY KELLY MCKINNON-BERMINGHAM
 Most educators and education experts agree that it's counterproductive for parents or an older sibling to do a child's homework or help too much. However, kids do better with some assistance. (Thinkstock)

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

BY AMY BENTLEY
 If you're looking for easy-to-follow instructions and getting the job done in the shortest amount of time, then the three-day method is for you. There are many variations of this approach, but the concept is the same.  (Thinkstock)

What you need to know about potty training

BY DAWN ANTIS
Kedric Francis with his wife Elaina, son Otis and daughters Rosie and Mabel.

We are family

BY KEDRIC FRANCIS
DNA testing is great for close generational testing, like determining paternity, but the farther back you go, the shakier it gets. Within a couple of hundred years, you have more ancestors than DNA sections, so whole swaths of relatives don't show up.  (Thinkstock)

Warning: family trees may be larger than they appear

BY JILL HAMILTON
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
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)

The mystery of the missing parentage

BY KATE GAMMON
Malcolm competing to break open the pinata at his 10th birthday party.

Is a competitive nature learned or innate?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Audrey Doan leads a Tai Chi class at Trabuco Center in Irvine on Monday, January 23, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

Irvine seeks input on services for growing senior population

BY TOMOYA SHIMURA
Always place your baby on her back to sleep. Babies on their backs are less likely to choke if they spit up. Studies also show that placing babies on their backs reduces SIDS and suffocation risk, as it allows infants to better regulate their breathing. (Thinkstock)

Keep your infant safe while sleeping

Updated guidelines for putting baby to bed
BY DR. ERIN FRANK
 Judy Barr of the Tustin Host Lions Club dressed as a lion, right, gives high-fives to kids attending the

Freaky Friday celebrates the 13th in Tustin

BY SUSAN CHRISTIAN GOULDING
Isabelle Ferris, 13, will attend the presidential inauguration after winning tickets to the event from Congresswoman Mimi Walters with an email she wrote to the congresswoman. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Tustin girl will 'be part of history' at the presidential inauguration

BY SUSAN CHRISTIAN GOULDING
 Kimber Linzey, left, and Mia Crossman, 2, play with the plastic produce inside the new Trader Joe's grocery store exhibit at Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine on Monday, January 16, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

Kids can play-shop at new Trader Joe's exhibit at Irvine's Pretend City

BY TOMOYA SHIMURA
 Tustin Police Officer Matt Roque helps Logan Green, 6, shop for healthy and cost-effective foods during Operation Warm Wishes food shopping spree at Albertsons in Tustin on Monday. Single mom Patricia Green, left, says the experience also helps provide a positive role model for Logan.(Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Kids spend Martin Luther King, Jr. day getting lesson in home economics at Tustin grocery store

BY SUSAN CHRISTIAN GOULDING
 Marla Jo Fisher and her mother, back when she was young and mom was blond.

Marla Jo Fisher: For your sanity, concoct fake friends

BY MARLA JO FISHER
Sucking is a natural reflex for babies, and during a child's first few years, it probably won't cause significant issues. However, frequent and prolonged pacifier use can cause problems, especially if it continues after baby teeth start to fall out. (Thinkstock)

Keep tooth decay at bay

BY RICHARD SPAULDING
It's always a good idea to learn about a dentist prior to your visit. Online research can tell you if the dentist is a member of national, state or local professional organizations, how the staff schedules appointments, and how off-hour emergencies are handled. (Thinkstock)

Which comes first, the dentist or the tooth fairy?

Tips for the dentist visit
BY DR. RICHARD P. MUNGO
When it comes to the issue of teens and privacy – and how much parental scrutiny a teen should be prepared to open himself or herself up to – parents often find themselves in a pickle. (Thinkstock)

How much privacy should you allow your teenager?

There’s a fine line between protecting and being overbearing
BY BLAKE WYMAN
A new baby – whether it's your first, your second or your 10th child – brings challenges and excitement to any family – and a few worries. (Thinkstock)

What! You're having another baby, Mom?

Parents should take steps to help siblings adapt to a new arrival
BY AMY BENTLEY
 Cate Blanchett walks on stage to accept the Desert Palm achievement award for the movie “Carol” at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala last year. (Photo by Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP)

2017 list of festivals, fairs and events in Southern California

Your child is never too young to be read to, says Linda Clinard, a literacy consultant and author of “Family Time Reading Fun.” Cuddle up with your baby and look at a book together. (Thinkstock)

20 simple ways to make your baby smarter

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
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
Here is what the string art looks like when it is completed. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

How to make your own string art

BY DENISE SMALDINO
The space shuttle Endeavour is a top attraction at the California Science Center, one of many Southern California places to take your kids over the holiday break. (File photo by Richard Vogel, the Associated Press)

20 cheap things to do with kids over their holiday break

BY MARLA JO FISHER
When is the right time to have a baby? (Thinkstock)

On the fence about having kids

BY JILL HAMILTON
Never before have we had so much access to information during our pregnancies. (Thinkstock)

Best pregnancy apps

BY LIL LOVINUS
 You don't have to introduce foods in any particular order. All babies are going to advance with foods at their own rate, so feeding them fruit first does not mean they will inherit a sweet tooth for life. (Thinkstock)

Myths and tips about baby's first foods

BY DAWN ANTIS
 Dogs get aquainted by smelling each other at the La Paws Dog Park in Mission Viejo.

Our favorite Orange County dog parks

BY JESSICA PERALTA
Recipe on how to make gender-reveal cupcakes. (Stephanie Nguyen, contributing photographer)

Reveal your baby’s gender with cupcakes

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

Surviving baby's first year

BY TANYA WARD GOODMAN
Scooter Booties are unisex designs and whimsical patterns make these handmade slippers suitable for boys and girls. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Trendy tots: Our favorite infant attire

BY JENN TANAKA
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
Heather Skyler

I dropped my best friend's flute ...

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 “Worlds of Enchantment,” the latest “Disney on Ice” production, will be in Anaheim Wednesday through Sunday before moving on to Long Beach and Ontario. (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier, courtesy of Feld Entertainment)

Latest 'Disney on Ice' show skates into region

BY KRISTINA HERNANDEZ