It's OK that some people aren't drawn to a passion
I’m always impressed when kids find a calling or a passion at a young age. Seeking out this year’s Whiz Kids for the March issue of OC Family magazine, I was once again delighted and surprised by all of the interesting things kids are doi... Full story
Woman pregnant with cancer-stricken sister's babies gives birth to twins
Morgan Williams delivered her twin nieces Monday, fulfilling her younger sister’s dream of becoming a mother despite breast cancer. Williams, 33, gave birth at PIH Health Hospital Whittier with her sister, Maggie Paxton, and brother-in-law, Da... Full story
How to make a heart on canvas
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. Materials • 16-by-20-inch canvas • Ruler • Pencil • Painters tape ... Full story
New kids zone at Dana Point Interpretive Center makes nature fun
DANA POINT Brothers Asher and Isaac Bates gave the Spin and Win Wheel a good whirl. Isaac’s spin landed on the photo of a weasel, one of the 175 animal species found around the Dana Point Interpretive Center in the Headlands Conservation area.... Full story
Teen Leadership Council gives Ladera Ranch students a voice
LADERA RANCH – Gabriella MacAdam already has a lot on her plate. A senior at San Juan Hills High School, MacAdam is senior class president, vice president of the school’s National Honor Society, captain of the varsity volleyball team and... Full story
Dealing with Fido's anxiety
Separation anxiety is no fun for pets or their owners. Orange County certified professional dog trainer Shannon Thier describes separation anxiety for dogs as similar to a human having a panic attack, but for a dog “it lasts the whole time you... Full story
Social tips for kids on the spectrum
As children with autism become young adults, the support services available to them seem to diminish. With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent study, and with... Full story
Are you smarter than a 5th grader?
When my son was in third grade, his class was given a book report assignment that included placing notes about the book inside a coffee can and decorating the can’s exterior with a drawing of the book’s cover. The child was supposed to cr... Full story
What you need to know about potty training
Toddlers are typically ready to learn to use the toilet between 2 and 4 years of age. Just like crawling, walking or sleeping through the night, potty training is a learned skill that can’t be taught in one day. Rather than focusing on a specif... Full story
We are family
There are cultures and religions that revere, honor and even worship their ancestors. We don’t practice such a faith in our family, but I did take the time to talk to my ancestors recently. My mother was ill over the holidays. My wife and kids... Full story