As the house lights slowly dim over the audience, the stage begins to glow with an electric pulse. No it is not the thousand watts of spotlights that illuminate the theatre causing the glow, but the smiles of hundreds of children taking the stage at the National Dance Institute performance of "This Land Is Our Land."
What is the first thing that you think when you see a man on a street corner asking for money for his next meal? Seven-year-old Will Lourcey jumped into action!
If you have a teen or teens then I am quite confident that you are more than just a little consumed by worry and anxiety. This is an inevitable part of being parents to children who are at the age where they test limits and as a result put you in the unenviable position of having to push back. What a tricky set of dance steps you have to deal with during these years.
In all of my studies surrounding parenting, there is one reoccurring variable that continues to support healthy child-parent relationships, and that is making the effort to genuinely connect with kids.
Your son is still discovering what makes him comfortable. It might be a messy room. Or, not. It's up to him to find out. And if you give him a little room (pun intented), you might be surprised that he's willing to put in the time and energy to have a clean one. Or, not!
I remember it clearly. The day will always be etched in my mind. We were in the car together, as a family, headed to dinner. My husband was driving, holding my hand, while we talked and out of the blue my daughter says...
Now, not only am I preparing for a conversation I knew I would have with my son one day, I was sorely reminded that I have to do the same for my daughters.
There is one thing I know for sure about being a mother, and that is what having maternal instincts really means. When I was pregnant, I envisioned what I believed motherhood would look like for me.
Kids such as 9 year-old Rachael have experienced more hospital visits and grit their teeth through more ongoing treatment than I ever have. Maybe more than you have too.
Tonight summer is in the air. My sons ran to the park up the street and I am left alone, with dappled light and open windows... I pour a glass of wine and position myself in the stream of dusk blushing the living room gold.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. ...
They say sleep deprivation is a lot like walking around drunk. That must be why I keep running into doors and passing out on the couch and forgetting where in the world I put the baby's clean diaper when it's literally right in front of my face.
One of the more insidious issues surrounding America's War on Drugs has been the increasing criminalization of our children at a younger and younger age through the implementation of zero tolerance policies.
Californians understand that investing in children is an investment in our future. Yet, we must turn rhetoric into action and dedicate the resources to make that investment in ways that will yield the outcomes we all hope for, including a dramatic reduction in the number of California children living in poverty.
Despite keeping a copy of "The Power of Now" by my bed for years, I have always been more into the future than the present. Maybe that's why I love the idea of psychics.
Like many of you, I am a parent, and like many of your kids, mine watch TV. They don't watch a lot -- we encourage books in our home first and foremo...