Sharpening Skills Over the Summer

By Nathalie Kunin
By Nathalie KuninAsk any student what he or she plans to do this summer, and they’re likely to reply with a resounding, “Nothing!” After two semesters of reading, writing and math it’s a natural response.

As parents, our job is to ensure that our child’s academic skills remain sharp over the summer and prevent hard work and progress from slipping away. With parental reinforcement, our children retain more of what they’ve already learned and begin the new school year mentally geared up and ready to build on their mastered skills.

Here are 7 easy ways to achieve a happy medium between staying sharp and enjoying summer relaxation: (more…)

Perfect Family Vacation

By Shirin Yadegar
yadegarfamphotoA perfect family vacation is when everyone is happy. Rarely do you encounter a place that’s both fit for kids and adults. A place that isn’t too inandated by children, but welcoming to the little ones.

Last month, my husband, three children and myself stayed at the W hotel in Miami beach. It was sensational. The rooms are mainly suites with kitchens so you have plently of room and a stove to make eggs with a full refrigerator for milk and other goodies. (more…)

Mother’s Day Events

By Jennifer Brandt
It’s our day to shine and be pampered, but let’s be realistic it doesn’t always seem to work out that way so http://www.redtri.com is sharing their ideas of how you can spend a great Mother’s Day.
Get Mom-Spired
If you or your mom need some help in the home design department, we have a fun activity that will inspire you both. Tour the Pasadena Showcase House. The entire estate (pictured), from the front yard to the garage, is carefully styled and design by an interior design team. Rich, luxurious, and entirely beautiful, the showcase house is a fabulous way to spend the day (or evening!) in someone else’s home, where marveling with your mouth open is entirely appropriate. Tickets purchased in advance start at $30 and proceeds from your tickets support the LA Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall and local symphonic, cultural and educational programs for youth since 1948. (more…)

How to Cope with Your Teenage Daughter

By Judith Bin-Nun
July Bin-NunHow many Moms recall the thrill of birthing a daughter? A little female child may consciously or unconsciously recall your own maternal relationship and a wish to replicate or remediate your early experiences. (more…)

Mother’s Day Breakfast Treats

By Catherine McCord
DevinIt’s finally the time of year where moms get a day of pampering, love and hopefully some good food made for them! These recipes are so easy and delicious that even if your husband and kids rarely set food in the kitchen, they can pull these off! You can simply print these recipes out and have your kids prepare your surprise breakfast with their dad. (more…)