Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

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This amazing all-ages night-time Halloween extravaganza will light up Descanso Gardens once again this year! More than 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors are arranged in artful displays throughout a 1/3-mile scenic trail within the Rose Garden. The entire family-friendly 45-minute stroll through the grounds. The path is stroller and wheelchair […]

The Spanking Debate


By Diane Ponist For many recent years, the debate has lingered about what is considered spanking and what is child abuse. Many adults are outraged with the conversation of “back in the day, it was the way of discipline and I learned my lesson”. But is that what we want to instill in our children? […]

Lobster Festival on Redondo Beach


Lobstah, lobstah, lobstah!  It seems like trucks are popping up all over town, and restaurants, too, but this is the OG Lobster in LA. Succulent Maine Lobster is still center stage at the 20th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival, Southern California’s original lobster festival. This year’s event has an all-new slant on exclusive high-end dining, […]

First LGBT Family Playground to Be Built in Florida

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By Alex Temblador The Pride Center at Equality Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will make history in the next few weeks. How? They’re about to build the first playground on an LGBT campus! With LGBT parents raising two million children nationwide (and with one-fifth of same-sex couples in Fort Lauderdale who have children), there is a […]

Watch Out Taylor Swift, My Four Year Old Daughter Has Been On Instagram Again


By: Amber Leventry A little while ago I wrote a post admitting that, while seemingly random and ridiculous, I love the simplicity of my daughter’s definition of what makes her happy, at least through the lens of a child’s camera. I also admitted I have a lot of time at home with my twin toddlers, […]

Parenting a Transgender Child: 8 Steps To Avoid Burn Out

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By Lisa Keating Something jolted my awareness two weeks before my 44th birthday. I am generally not affected by aging (that much). Other than denying my eyes are weakening and I have more grey hair than I’ll ever  allow to be revealed publicly. I honestly enjoy the stages of aging and the wisdom that comes […]

Raising an Anxious Child

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By: Shannon Ralph My name is Shannon Ralph and I am an anxious person. I come from a long, dignified line of worriers, depressives, drunkards, over-eaters, and generally nervous people. As a small child, I was painfully, painfully shy. I remember second grade vividly. I had just moved to a new school and had difficulty […]

Kinderfest at Huntington Beach


Our Kinderfest celebrations, held each Sunday from 2pm -7:30pm, starts September 13th thru November 1st, are a great way for the whole family to celebrate Oktoberfest. With all the same great bands, German Oom Pah Pah music, German food, German Beer and our hugely popular Wiener Dog races, it’s a great family day. The kids […]