Quadruplets Getting Real: The Quadinators

Pearl, Lexie, Lewis, and Rose Beck are quadruplets. Their mother Helene Beck and I are old friends who lost track of each other and then reunited via the wonders of social media. When I

National Preparedness Month: Raising a Child With Grit

  September marks the beginning of the harvest, apple-picking season, the Fall equinox, and a changing of leaves. Historically, farmers prepared food stores for the long winter months, squirrels and burrowing animals collected and buried

Sensory Integration Disorder: Do You Suspect Your Child Has This?

Sensory Integration Disorder (SID), also known as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), describes a situation in which the brain cannot sort out and use the sensory input it receives. Typically, information about our surroundings and

Forgotten Baby Syndrome: Our Partners in the Fight

Forgotten Baby Syndrome, or the death by heat stroke of infants left behind in cars, happens most often during the hot summer months.  With the arrival of the fall equinox, we can expect to

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Lights! Camera! Action!

  Seth Shulman, a 29-year-old, self-taught film editor, cinematographer and documentary film maker, and writer, is also staff editor and post production supervisor at Futures Explored Practical Film & Media Workshop in Sacramento, one of

That First Test of the Year

First test of the year coming up? Most kids start off a new school year with the resolve to do better. For a little while, at least, it’s not difficult to get them to

How You Can Ease Your Teen into Using a Smartphone

After having used a smartphone for a few years, it’s hard for me to remember what life was like without instant access to this technology. As I raise my tween boy – now 12

What The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Can Teach Us About Internet Safety?

In the spirit of Douglas Adams, here are the answers to the questions. The answer is not “42.” However, –the internet is a type of universe. –surfing the internet is a more efficient, economical

Top 10 Lies Kids Tell

Kids lie. They just do. Some do it more frequently than others while an especially rare form of child will lie just once, never to sin again. Yeah. Right. “You are so busted,” said

My Child Has a Crush on an Adult

  Yes. It’s true. My child does have a crush on an adult, his summer camp counselor. When he first confessed it, admittedly, I felt a little jealous. I mean, wasn’t I supposed to be his