Early Years

 Safe Sitter and the Red Cross offer babysitter training in Orange County, including introductory and advanced sessions throughout the year at local hospitals, churches and other locations.

Help! I need a babysitter

BY JOELLE CASTEIX
 Sardines is a backwards version of hide-and-seek.

Keep little minds active during summer

BY ROXANNE HACK
comforting

Have a soft heart

In today's modern world, small acts of kindness can make a big difference.
ROXANNE HACK

Middle Years

 Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice faces the greatest risk, according to the CDC.

Head lice cause more stress than harm

BY AMY BENTLEY
 Brett Rose gives a lesson to Zoe Garduno at SwimLabs OC.

Water safety 101

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Help the child self-monitor. “You can say, ‘ Oh, I am noticing you are doing this, so it's time to get your mittens.'”

Help your kids break those bad habits

Develop strategies to stop unhealthy behavior
AMY BENTLEY

Teen Years

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
A friend is someone who listens and supports, but does not attempt to set limits or change behavior. A parent, on the other hand, is one who does set limits and imposes consequences in an effort to influence behavior. (Thinkstock)

Are you too buddy-buddy with your teenager?

Figuring out the fine line between parent and friend
BY BLAKE WYMAN
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