Central California Parent Blog

The Basics of Flu Prevention

Flu season comes around every year, and every year it causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths. Even otherwise healthy people can get seriously ill or even die from this infectious disease. So what can you do to help protect yourself, your family, and your community from flu? Follow these easy steps: Continue reading

Managing your Child’s Winter Skin Issues

Seasonal weather changes can wreak havoc on your little one’s skin. As temperatures drop and the wind whips up, skin can lose water and natural oils more quickly than normal. At this time of year, children are prone to developing winter dry skin or even rashes, with red, raw skin that can feel uncomfortable and irritated if not treated. Winter weather can be particularly harsh on infants’ sensitive skin, especially if they are already combating conditions like eczema. Continue reading

4 Comforts for Bereaved Parents

The loss of a child is the ultimate heartbreak. After my son, Zach, died in my arms at birth from a cardiac tumor in 2010, an intense longing and sadness hung over me – but there was also still love. After years of living this “new normal,” as it’s called, which describes life after the loss of a child; there are a few things I have learned that have made coping much easier. Continue reading

International Women’s Day Book Guide

As International Women’s Day (March 8th) approaches, check out this list of inspirational books for young women. These books about heroines all have a compelling message, which is: there is a power that’s in you and it’s up to you to discover it, and then do something good with it. These books help show young women their own strengths, and discover ways in which they, too, can make a positive change in the world. Continue reading

Celebrating the Gift of Adoption

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. This is an important observance for me because there are approximately 140 million children worldwide who are orphaned and in desperate need of a family. Continue reading

14 Tips for a Fun, Safe, and Courteous Halloween

Halloween is a holiday that most kids enjoy and look forward to. Before you head out for trick or treating this year, how can you ensure a good time for all while keeping safety and common courtesy top of mind? Continue reading

Feeding a Preemie in the NICU

When your baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), so much of what is happening both to and around your preemie can feel out of your control. The unfamiliar surroundings, the medical terminology, and the requirements for your little one’s health will likely leave you with many questions — including how your baby will be fed if they are too premature to nurse or bottle-feed. Continue reading

Navigating College Admissions

This time of year usually brings a collective sigh of relief from parents (and a furious rush from teens to have just a bit more summer fun), but it also brings inevitable crossroads. What classes should my teen take? Is Advanced Placement or IB worth it if they never sleep? Will colleges be impressed if they’re not an athlete or class president? What are the right choices for my student?

Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear “right choice,” but whether your kids are just entering ninth grade or are gearing up to start their college applications, there are plenty of best practices to keep in mind as you navigate the questions that arise throughout the school year. Continue reading

Finding Myself in Motherhood

As I was standing in line at the bank, waiting for my turn to make a late payment on a bill I had completely forgotten about, in walked a peppy early-twenty something. Hair straightened but up in a ponytail, flawless makeup, perfectly manicured nails, wearing Nikes and comfy athletic wear probably making a payment on time. I instantly teared up. That was me 5 years ago! Continue reading

I Don’t Work Alone

I am often asked, “How do you do it?” and “I can never do what you do” but I am here to tell you neither could I without my husband.

I start my day at 5 a.m. most days but it’s only because that’s the time he is out the door for work.

We eat a home cooked dinner most nights and have a lunch to pack the next day, but that’s only because he has already finished making dinner or has gotten a head start by the time I get home with the kids and can help. Continue reading