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Parents Receive a Pep Talk

Parents Receive a Pep Talk

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Award-winning speaker and therapist Liz Jorgensen urged parents of teens to revive the collaborative and collective parenting environment that began when their children were young when they shared tips and strategies. This open, supportive environment is missing during the teen years when the stakes are so much higher, […]

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The Next Coffee Break Addresses Entitlement

The Next Coffee Break Addresses Entitlement

Linda and Richard Eyre will speak about entitlement at next week’s Coffee Break from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course. Their talk will center on the contents of their latest book, “The Entitlement Trap,” in which the Eyres detail a solution to the sense […]

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The Thankful Turtle

The Thankful Turtle

From one moment to the next, my 5-year-old became obsessed with turtles. She decided that what our family needed was not a dishwasher that scrubbed dishes or a garden with live plants. No, we needed a turtle. When she couldn’t spur her parents into action, she did what any smart kid does:  She picked up […]

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Mothering Heights: The Hanukkah Bunny

Mothering Heights: The Hanukkah Bunny

“Did you hear that?” I asked my girls as they ate dinosaur chicken nuggets and juice boxes for dinner. Their little faces dropped. “What was it?” “I heard something upstairs, maybe in your bedroom.” Their eyes widened as they searched my face to see whether they should be happy or scared. “Maybe it was the […]

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Taking Up Teen Talk At Coffee Break

Taking Up Teen Talk At Coffee Break

As part of the Coffee Break series on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Dr. Jerry Weichman, a clinical psychologist and adolescent specialist, will be speaking on parenting today’s teens and pre-teens at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The presentation will include the latest trends in the teen environment, how to parent more […]

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Incumbent Vickers Seeks Re-election

Incumbent Vickers Seeks Re-election

School board incumbent Jan Vickers describes how she intends to proceed should the school-funding measure Prop. 30 fail as well as how foster parenting has increased her empathy for the necessity of early intervention.  

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MOPS Moms Meet

MOPS Moms Meet

The Laguna Beach chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers and Older, a place where moms can turn for answers or support from others, meets 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Thursdays at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. The first meeting is scheduled for Sept. 20 and visitors are welcome to attend the meeting to learn more about the […]

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Handbook Offers Parents’ Hard-Won Wisdom

Handbook Offers Parents’ Hard-Won Wisdom

Resident Anna Krajec continues to wrest meaning from her family’s courageous journey battling their young son’s inoperable brain tumor. Along the way, the Krajecs encountered an extraordinary outpouring of community support before Christofer’s death in 2008, short of his 4th birthday. Drawing from her own bittersweet parenting experience, now Krajec aspire to prepare would-be parents […]

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Ordinance Won’t Stop Experimentation

Ordinance Won’t Stop Experimentation

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to City Council member Toni Iseman.) My stance on the Social Hosting Ordinance is very similar to my opinion on the homeless issue. Let’s enforce the laws that are already in place!  It is illegal for minors to possess alcoholic beverages, it is illegal for minors to consume alcoholic […]

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Mothering Heights

Mothering Heights

Parenting Method #261   I’m finding it difficult to whine about motherhood these days. Perhaps after 11 years, I’ve perfected a method to this parenting madness. Granted my girls are older and out of the dirty-diaper-oops-I-pooped in my-panties phase. Also, public restrooms are no longer extremely fascinating there fore trips to the bathroom are minimal. […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Creating A Social Future   My eldest daughter, Lisa, shared a profound insight about the differing parenting experiences between herself and her sister Jennica. “Mom, I realize that I have been a lazy parent in a lot of ways, simply because I could get away with it since my children fall within the ‘norm’ in […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Campus Re-Opens for Night Session   Arts Night at Top of the World Elementary earlier this month drew 330 families.   The school’s multipurpose room was successfully transformed into “The Dolphin Gallery” for the evening, and featured a visual arts piece exhibited by every student in the school.    Talk on Parenting in the Digital […]

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Get Out of the House

Get Out of the House

When Crème Brulée Isn’t Good Enough There are the milestone moments that we think are the important days of our lives:  graduations, weddings, anniversaries, etc. We photo document the event and now we Facebook or Tweet it while it is still happening, as if it is so important that everyone must know what we’re doing. […]

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New Topics, Challenges in Coffee Break’s Future

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 parents, school personnel and community members to hear from professional speakers about a host […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Plain Speaking Mark Dressler, a drama teacher extraordinaire who has supplied leadership for the drama programs at Laguna Beach schools for many years, took the time to write a note to the editor in response to my column of a few weeks ago about the “Think It Over” parenting project at Thurston Middle School. As […]