Places to Play in L.A.

The month of August is a great time to spend quality time with your children. Most kids are not in camp full time so here are some fun things recommended by other L.A. Parents.

Book Stores and Story times:
Americana 11-1 Tuesdays
Barnes and Noble Book Stores
Children’s Book World
Diesel Book Stores
Every Picture Tells A Story
The Grove, 11-1 Thursdays by the fountain (either puppet show, story time or concert)
Public Libraries (Beverly Hills requires advance sign-up)
Spanish Story time, Ocean Park Public Library

The Giant Invisible Scoreboard

By Samara Fabrick, LCSW
samaraDo you find yourself fighting with your husband about who changed the last poopy diaper? Are you
battling over who’s going to the farmers market to get the organic produce for your homemade baby
food? Are you feeling like you are carrying the lion’s share of the responsibilities in your family? You are
not alone.

Easy Ways To Help You Cope With The BP Oil Spill

By Jen Pleasants
emma Do you get a pit in your stomach when anyone mentions the oil spill in the Gulf? That’s eco-anxiety and it isn’t good for you or the planet.

If I let myself, I would ball up in a fetal position just thinking about those sea turtles on fire as BP tries to burn off the oil. I am angry at BP for their carelessness, angry at myself for our dependence on oil, worried about the sea life, concerned for the livelihoods of the gulf residents and frustrated with how to change the situation. What is a girl to do with these toxic emotions? As the author of a book on how to turn eco-anxiety into constructive energy, I can share with you what I am doing to feel better to keep my own anxiety from increasing as oil gushes, glaciers melt and plastic soups swirl.

Planning a Perfect Luncheon

By Shirin Yadegar

I love entertaining. It’s what I do best. Inviting friends over for barbeques, cocktails and large family dinners are weekly events at my home. For the first time in several years, I was stumped over a luncheon I hosted for a close friend’s birthday last month.
Forty beautiful, sophisticated women were coming over at noon for lunch. How was I going to knock their socks off, impress the guest of honor and not spend a fortune?

The first thing I did was call my party coordinator. Eddie told me he would take care of the waiters, bartender and all of my rentals. He said to keep everything white and bring in color with the flowers.

Tips on Managing Your Toddler’s Meltdowns

By Dr. Judith Bin-Nun Ph.D., MFT
judy How many times have parents heard the “4 W’s” coming from their preschoolers? The 4 W’s: the Wail, the Whine, the Wall and the Wanna– all hallmarks of a child’s internal needs and reactions when those needs are denied.
The expression, ‘frustration tolerance’, a desired attainment for people of all ages, is the ability to wait, to think through, to set aside anxieties, desires or needs and to COPE with not having immediate gratification.

Cultivating Physical Strength and Mental Toughness

By Joe Praino
prainoWhile physical fitness for children is imperative, a good balance of mental and physical exertion is of the utmost importance.
Just as a child who would prefer to spend entire days camped out in front of the TV playing video games is ignoring their physical health, an athletic child who spends all of his/her time running around mindlessly on the playing field is ignoring their mental development.

Struggling with Secondary Infertility

By Marc Kalan, M.D.
kalan “It was pretty easy to get pregnant with our first child, so we figured the next one should be easy too.”

Unfortunately, I hear this statement all too often. It usually comes from a nice couple in their late 30’s or early 40’s who adore their first child, and after a few years, are ready for a second. Sometimes, however, being ready for your second child is simply not enough.

Event Planning

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Rather than buying another tie or picture frame, create something special at color me mine. It costs less, is more fun and makes dad or grandpa feel extra special that you took the time to create something for him. My girls love painting and they like to personalize their gifts so they made their dad mugs two years in a row. He uses one at the office and one at home. He says everytime he has his morning coffee, he is reminded of his daughters. The girls are so pleased to see that their dad actually uses their gift. If you print the coupon, you get 10% off.

Preventing Infant Flathead

By Peter S. Waldstein, M.D., F.A.A.P and Julia A. White, M.D., F.A.A.P
Talking about infant head shape is something that frequently comes up at the pediatrician’s office. Your pediatrician may ask you to start “tummy time” very early in your infant’s life, and there is reason behind it. Plagiocephaly, which is a term for abnormal head shape with flattening of the skull, is something that has increased in incidence dramatically since babies have been sleeping on their backs.

Healthy Food Delivered to You

By Mariana Rossano
food photoMost people would agree that healthy eating can be difficult at times, but they would also acknowledge that proper nutrition is the cornerstone of their overall health. Children who learn proper eating habits will be far less likely to suffer from health problems later in life, and yet, it is never too late to improve your eating habits.
It’s important to love what you eat. If it tastes great and you gives your body what it needs on a daily basis, you will be less likely to make poor choices.