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
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
 “There is a big unmet need,” says Dr. Tony Ortiz, a clinical investigator and the scientific director at NRC Research Institute in Orange. Over his 20-year career, he's aided in the investigation of schizophrenia, depression, ADHD and Alzheimer's disease. “The key to finding a treatment,” he explains, “is identifying a biomarker.”

New hope for children on the spectrum

Experimental treatment being tested in local clinical trial
TANYA WARD GOODMAN
 Referrals are key when finding a reliable caregiver. One local option is UrbanSitter, a company that takes its referrals a step further by connecting with your community so you can find lists of top-rated babysitters and nannies hired and vetted by parents from your child's school, parenting groups or neighborhood.

Caregivers you can count on

BY DAWN ANTIS
Doctors haven't been able to pinpoint an exact cause of growing pains, but multiple factors, including physical activity, muscle fatigue or overexertion, may be to blame.

Are growing pains real?

BY AMY BENTLEY
 The American Heart Association recommends 3-5 ounces of lean meats or beans each day for children ages 4-13. (Photo from Shutterstock.com)

Don't fret if your child says no to meat

BY JOELLE CASTEIX
 At the Krikorian Premiere Theatres in San Clemente you'll find Mommy Movie Mondays, featuring a new-release film every week at 10 a.m. The baby-friendly environment includes a convenient stroller check-in, reduced sound levels, dimmed lighting for optimal diaper bag visibility and changing stations in every restroom. Admission is $7.50.

The very best kid-friendly summer movie deals in Orange County

BY DAWN ANTIS
 The American Academy of Pediatrics lists 11 or 12 as an appropriate age to leave children at home but only during the day and for no more than about three hours. The National SAFE KIDS Campaign recommends that no child under 12 be left home alone.

Home alone: Is your child ready for it?

BY AMY BENTLEY
Joe Deloera Rosas ducks and covers outside  College Park Elementary during an earthquake drill. Authorities urge parents not to rush blindly to schools in an emergency.

Family 911: Create a security plan for your family

BY AMY BENTLEY
 Women make up 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce, but are much less represented in particular science and engineering occupations. Stephanie M. Reich, associate professor of education at UC Irvine, says empowering young girls during their critical years of development, can dramatically increase their chances for success.

O.C. programs give young girls the foundation to reach their potential

BY JENELYN RUSSO
 Last year, the American Psychological Association found consistent links between perfectionism and hopelessness. In the same study, perfectionism was tied to suicide.

Your child's perfectionism could be holding him back

BY AMY BENTLEY
 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
 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
 Sardines is a backwards version of hide-and-seek.

Keep little minds active during summer

BY ROXANNE HACK
Braxton Bell, 12 and Lux Fiona Skyler, 11 pose for a bully photo illustration for OC Family on April 2, 2015.

When your child is the bully

Is your kid just going through a phase or is it something more?
AMY BENTLEY
comforting

Have a soft heart

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