Benefits of Stimulation to the Infant Brain

By Octavia Lindlahr

education_marchWe live in a culture where “stimulation” clearly receives a negative response. Many pediatricians and experts will often label a baby who cries often or for prolonged periods of time “over stimulated”. However, we often give the brain little credit in this regard, and it should be acknowledged that stimulation and multi sensory play offer undeniable value to the overall development to the infant brain. (more…)

Face Painting is Fun, But Is It Always Safe?

By Stacey Privack

Stacey_PrivackAt birthday parties and other community events where children are involved these days, some type of entertainment is commonly included, ranging from clowns or princesses to bounce houses or pony rides. Among the most popular of activities at children’s events is face painting.

Children and parents alike enjoy the colorful flourish that face painting brings to parties and events. Face painting has become such a common staple at gatherings that face painting ‘artists’ abound. Therefore, it is important to verify that the products all face painters use are safe as well as colorful.
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Sunday Night Dinners

By Cari Levin

Cari_LevinThe Dilemma:
Following a weekend of karate, golf lessons, sleepovers and the requisite meltdown it is once again Sunday night and I have to make dinner.

The Fantasy:
I make a simple yet fun and enticing dinner that my family not only eats but also thanks me for and reminisces about.

The Solution:
“Themed Sunday Night Dinners.”
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Getting to Know Your Child’s Learning Style

By Nathalie Kunin

Education nathalie photoHave you ever been asked “How are you smart?” Probably not. Have you ever been asked “How smart are you?” Probably – or you’ve asked yourself this question? The same four words in a different order can make all the difference when attempting to quantify intelligence. We have many measures that tell us how smart we are in different subjects, but very few that tell us how we learn and process information. (more…)

What immunity really means?

By Andrea Thorpe, L.Ac.

andreathorpeRecent research is now pointing towards something that Chinese medicine has been explaining for thousands of years. 80% of your immunity potential lies in your gut. Studies indicate that a balance between good and bad bacteria in the large intestine is a significant determinant of your potential to ward off pathogenic illnesses such as colds and more importantly the flu.
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Event Planning

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the first issue of Los Angeles Mom Magazine. I am thrilled to have developed a site that will hopefully answer most of your mommy questions from how to treat the flu to planning your kids’ birthday parties.

Like yourselves, I am a Los Angeles mom who is always looking for hip, fun events to take my kids to. I am always searching for new, amazing entertainment and places for my kids’ birthday parties and don’t have hours to waste online.
The Event Planning section aims to help moms find all of their party needs with a click of a button. We will even have monthly articles by party planners and caterers on how to plan your events.

In March we will begin our listings section that will feature local entertainment companies and party places. Each of these sections will provide a short description of the company including a contact and price. Both adult and kids’ birthday parties can be searched by age and gender so you don’t have to spend hours looking through hundreds of listings.

I promise to only provide you with the best companies that I have personally seen or have been highly recommended by friends so that there will be no surprises.

If there are any party places or people you have used and think should be listed please email me at shirin@lamommagazine.com.

Top Table Manners for Kids

By Lisa Gache

Photo72AIt is never too early, nor too late to begin instilling the value and importance of learning proper table manners. In addition to the warmth and comfort it provides for the family, it allows an opportunity for us to feed our bodies with a well-balanced meal, to share in the ritual of conversation, and to slow down from the days’ activities to enjoy time together. These top tips will help you teach your children appropriate table manners so you too can enjoy your family’s dining experiences.

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How to Recognize if Your Child Has a Speech or Language Disorder

By Carly Friedberg, M.A. CCC-SLP

carly photoAs a speech therapist, people always ask me how to assess whether or not their children have speech and language disorders.

Speech Disorders:
Articulation is how speech sounds are made. When a child deletes a sound, substitutes changes, or adds a sound, they may have a speech disorder or a phonological disorder, depending on their age. These errors make it hard for a child to be understood by others.

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Preventing the Flu

Tips on how to stay healthy during the flu season.
By Peter S. Waldstein, M.D.,F.A.A.P and Julia A. White, M.D.,F.A.A.P

doct1It has been an interesting year for influenza. Not only are there more types to worry about, but also more vaccines for the flu than ever before. The novel H1N1 influenza virus (also known as “swine flu”) has hit the community hard, and particularly early in the year. This article will focus on prevention of the flu.

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