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Marijuana is Legal…Now What? A Guide to Cannabis for Parents of Teenagers

Whether you are excited, outraged or just plain confused about this development, marijuana is now legal for recreational use in the state of California. Which leaves many of us wondering, what does this mean for our kids? How are we going to help them navigate yet another obstacle, another temptation?  Well, the fact is, marijuana […]

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Why I Want My Babies Back

I have spent a lot of time both personally and publically trying to figure out if I want to have more kids. It’s an achingly hard decision for many of us, especially when our spouses don’t always agree. But the other night, after holding a friend’s newborn and then finding myself looking at pictures of […]

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The New Meaning of Valentine’s Day

After doing some very informal research on Valentine’s Day, I noticed that the word “martyr” kept popping up. According to Wikipedia, the original Valentines were the Valentine of Rome and the Valentine of Terni, who were honored for their martyrdom in the early first century. Which got me thinking: wait a minute, this holiday is […]

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Spotlight on Alkalign Studios

This interview is with a mom who is a big inspiration to a lot of us on the peninsula. Erin Paruszewski is a wife, mother of two girls (ages 3 and 6), and the owner of Alkalign Studios, a fitness and health company with two studios in the Bay Area and two in Irvine and […]

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Taking A Page From My Husband

My husband is pretty wonderful, and my better half much of the time. But one thing we don’t always see eye to eye on is time management. While I find him to be painfully slow and very singularly focused, he would probably describe me as hypomanic, rushing around multi-tasking to death. Needless to say, our […]

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How to Host Family Over the Holidays

My family always makes an effort to get together over the holidays, which is not an easy feat considering we live all across the country. When we do manage to pull it off, it’s a pretty big event, with tons of kids and lots of travel involved. This year, I somehow convinced the whole clan […]

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Get Up Off the Floor! Helping Your Child Fall Asleep on Her Own

Sleep issues. They are probably one of the most challenging parts of parenting. Not only is each child different, but their patterns can also change unexpectedly and unpredictably, leaving us sleep-deprived as well as frustrated and confused. There are many, many books out there providing suggestions on how to get your child to sleep – […]

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