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Embracing the Technology in a Child’s World

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Technology is changing so fast it’s almost impossible for parents to monitor.  In the past, parents knew the world in which their children were growing up and could guide and protect them accordingly.  This is no longer possible as the...

Parents Schooled in Common Core Methods

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Laguna school Supt. Sherine Smith and other district leaders discussed the newly adopted Common Core curriculum standards that emphasize analytic thinking over memorization during Coffee Break’s kick-off session last week. Full...

What Are We So Afraid Of?

Editor, This past week I have been getting emails and seeing posts on Facebook, which are rabidly against the proposed skatepark in Moulton Meadows park. I am surprised to see such fear around what a skateboard-structure may bring. I honestly don’t see offering a...

Coffee Break Explores Parent Effectiveness Training

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Meike Lemmens, certified in parent effectiveness training, helped parents understand the impact of their communications with children during last week’s Coffee Break parent-education talk at the Aliso Creek Inn. About 75 parents and...

Coffee Break

Arming Kids to Resist Pressure to Drink By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent   Brenda Conlan acted as a lightning rod for community angst around “social host” drinking by teens at last week’s PTA-sponsored Coffee Break talk at Aliso Creek Inn. School district...

Range of Energy Alters ‘Perception’ Concert

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Over 50 student dancers guided by six professional guest choreographers will perform in Perception, Laguna Beach High School’s winter concert this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Artists’ Theatre. This...

New Topics, Challenges in Coffee Break’s Future

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent  Coffee Break, part of the Laguna Beach PTA Council’s parent education program, plans sessions next year on nutrition, critical thinking skills, and raising children to be achievers. Coffee Break presentations provide an opportunity for...

Spare Change Teaches Decision-making

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Parents learned a fresh approach to teaching children about money from therapist and mother Vicki Hoefle during last Wednesday’s Coffee Break presentation. Hoefle’s method of teaching kids how to spend, save and give away their money is...

Athletes Receive End-of-Season Kudos

By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Boys Cross Country Orange Coast League Champions, 7th SSCIF D-IV, 7th State D-IV All-League: Matt Neeve, Jeff White, Ryan Jones, Aaron Swartz All-SS CIF: Matt Neeve   Girls Cross Country Orange Coast League Champions, SSCIF D-IV 12th All-League:...