Central California Parent Blog

Wildfire Smoke Safety Tips

California Poison Control System (CPCS), the largest single provider of poison control services in the U.S., has issued a warning about the dangers of wildfire smoke for children and adults with fires now burning throughout the West. Continue reading

My Number One Pet Peeve

For my first blog post, I’m going to get straight to the point with my number one pet peeve. The idea that a mother should “enjoy every minute of motherhood because it goes by so fast” is inherently flawed. Continue reading

Start a Garden—Make it a Lesson!

Not only do I firmly believe that gardening gives children a greater appreciation for nature, but I believe that the garden can be a classroom and a great way to teach children about nutrition, biology, math, science, and history. Most children will be interested in gardening if you invite them to participate and show them the wonders waiting to be discovered! Continue reading

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