5 Essential Steps Every Parent Should Take Before Assessing Their Child for a Mental Health Disorder:

By Yasmin Mossanen, Psy.D.
Yasmin MossanenLet’s face it; we all are guilty of using psychological language to label our children’s’ behaviors. It is not meant to be harmful or malicious, however, the sudden increase in mental health diagnosis in children is forcing us to take a hard look at what options we take as parents. Research has shown that ADHD is diagnosed in 1/10 children, Autism Spectrum Disorder is diagnosed in 1 out of 54 school-aged-boys, and mood disorders have increased by 40% in the last decade. Why the sudden surge?

Educators, administrators, and parents have become casual about incorporating mental health language in everyday life. Over-diagnosis in our school systems has paved the way to medicate and abnormalize children’s normal behavior. It is common for parents to categorize their child’s behavior in order to control it. Consequently, it is easy to forget that a mental diagnosis will follow children into adulthood. The label and the experience that comes with the disorder are irreversible. Mental health diagnoses are important and can be very helpful, and you want your child to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder if he/she really has one. (more…)

Get the Mother’s Day Glow

By Lauren Rashap
LaurenCouchHere are 7 steps to help restore the skin and get the glow:

Probiotic Push – IT Begins in the GUT. Our second brain. Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There are actually 10 times more probiotics in your gut then cells in your body! Your skin and digestive system by themselves host about 2,000 different types of bacteria. Probiotic benefits have been proven effective in supporting immune function and healthy digestion, as well as beautiful skin. (more…)

Educational Spring Break Activities

By Nathalie Kunin
Nathalie KuninSpring break is a time to unwind and enjoy a relaxing week or two off school. It can also be an opportunity to sharpen academic skills and learn new skills to bring back to the classroom with you. The 5 activities listed below will make Spring Break fly by whether you are away on vacation or having a “stay-cation”. (more…)

What Do You Worry About?

The number one cause of death to children in the U.S. is preventable injuries.

By Martha Wilcox
MarthaWilcoxI was an LA Mom, too. My son was born in Santa Monica hospital, raised in Culver City and went to preschool in Beverly Hills at a progressive program that tried to teach him to play nicely (which he did from time to time), and tried to teach me insights to help me overcome the worries that go with the job of raising a child.

And I was a worrier, though I would have defined myself as a “dedicated questioner and researcher.” Let’s just say I took the job of parenting to heart; I was probably only slightly nutty about it. (more…)

Contouring Your Body

By Dr. Parvaneh Rafaeloff
Parvaneh RafaeloffHave you ever dreamed of having a tight and skinny abdomen &
thighs without surgery?

We all have areas that we want removed or contoured, but don’t have the downtime. Moms are busy and need a treatment that is easy, non-invasive and affective.

TiteFX treatment removes unwanted, stubborn areas from your body, while contouring and removing unwanted cellulite. This treatment leaves a smoother, more contoured appearance. This non-invasive treatment is quick, easy and pain free. It works with radio-frequency waves and heat. Zap cellulite away and or add definition to your already toned areas! (more…)

Los Angeles Private School Admissions

By Janis Adams
Janis Adams

What does it take to secure a place in a top Los Angeles private school?

Let’s talk to some people in the know.

After months of researching, preparing, testing, and interviewing, there is nothing left to do but wait. We want to give families some behind-the-scenes insight about what is going on as final decisions are being made. Despite this being crunch time for the independent schools admissions directors, several top ADs and experts took the time to talk with us about the admissions process.

Laurel Baker Tew, Director of Admissions at Viewpoint School, reminds us that “the student isn’t the only part of the admissions decision. The family as well has to fit into the school community.” (more…)