7 Upcoming Family Friendly Events in the LA Area

Getting the family together to enjoy an activity doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should. It seems like everybody has a full plate when it comes to school, work, and other prior commitments. However, there are ample opportunities to enjoy family time in Los Angeles and the surrounding cities! Here are some of the upcoming family friendly events in the area to consider checking out with the family. If you’re looking for a way to get around without worrying about traffic or shuffling through Uber drivers, be sure to consider an LA Party Bus Rental or car service. It will make a big difference when you’re not the one in charge of finding directions and navigating the busy streets of Los Angeles or surrounding areas.

Royal Tea with Princesses

April 8, 2018 @ the Royal Tea and Treatery in Costa Mesa

If you have a child that’s into fairy tale princesses, you can’t miss out on this event at the Royal Tea and Treatery. Tickets are $25 per person and includes a meet and greet experience with photo sessions, interactive storytelling, a sing a long and performances, princess themed games, optional glitter makeup, an autograph signing and an etiquette session. Coffee, tea, cupcakes, cookies, and finger sandwiches will be available for purchase here. There’s only a limited number of tickets available, so be sure to hurry if you want to be a part of this event.

Family Yoga

April 14, [email protected] Ranchos Los Cerritos in Long Beach

From 9:00 to 9:45, yoga will be led by a certified instructor in the private garden at Ranchos Los Cerritos. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi, you’ll have a great time gently exercising outdoors with the family. The session is $10 for adults and $5 for children. You also have the option to buy a season pass for the six week series. You are required to bring your own yoga mat or beach towel for anybody participating.

Kids World Fest

April 14, 2018 @ The Source OC In Buena Park

Kids World Fest is a free event at The Source OC that’s happening from 1PM to 4PM. If your children are interested in crafts, there will be a ton of workshops Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, a Grammy and Emmy Award winning bad will be performing! There will also be a fun, interactive Hip Hop dance class hosted by WeBreak. That’s not all, there will also be a magic show and balloon artist present here.

T4A Autism Awareness Fair

April 29, 2018 @ Gahr High School Gym in Cerritos

This Autism Awareness Fair is organized by Thinkers 4 Autism, a non profit entity raising funds to provide local families with services. The event takes place inside of the Gahr High School Gym from 10AM to 2PM. It’s a fantastic event to support because it’s truly helping a great cause. There will be a silent auction, raffles with great prizes, games, vendors, and live music at this event.

Mother and Son Dance

May 20, 2018 @ Caliente Bar and Grill in Moreno Valley

Mother and Son dances are classic events that always leave you with precious memories to look back on. The event begins at 4PM with a red carpet where you can participate in a photo opportunity. There’s also a photo booth on site, so there are plenty of opportunities to get a great photograph for the family. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children which includes your dinner and refreshments. Raffle tickets will be sold for those interested in participating in the giveaways.

Great Big Family Play Day

June 10, 2018 @ the Autry at Griffith Park in LA

This is the fifth annual Great Big Family Play Day put on by SoCalMoms. It’s located at the Autry at Griffith Park across from the LA Zoo, and it goes on from 9AM to 5PM. General admission tickets are $5 before the day of the event and $10 afterward. There will be carnival rides like a mega slide, climbing wall, kiddie swings, euro bungee, trackless train and a smaller slide. There will be hydration and sunscreen stations as well as food and dessert trucks accompanying over 100 local brands and businesses. You don’t want to miss the Princess Sing-A-Long or the Kids Fashion Show!


August 11, 2018 @ Magic Box in LA

This is a two day pop up installation at the Magic Box. It is centered around children’s fashion, but it also focuses on experiences, devices, learning tools, and interactivity. It runs from 11AM to 7PM on both days, and tickets range from $10 to $200 based on the package that you choose. They pride themselves on the social, entertaining shopping experience they’ve created. There’s a lot to take in here, so be sure to consider checking it out with the family. You never know what type of goodies you might come across!

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The Great Parenting Show Is Back!

There are so many reasons why parenting can be a daunting job. Most of us have endless questions about how we can feel less stressed and overwhelmed, what we can do to help our children grow up to feel self-confient and secure, or how to communicate successfully with our partners.

I’m excited to say that there are some answers for you just around the corner! The terrific program, The Great Parenting Show, is about to start its 5th season on Tuesday, September 4th.

Once again, Jacqueline Green has invited over 25 leading experts in parenting related fields to share their wisdom, humor, and more importantly, their TIPS, on just how to make the changes you want to make and become the parent you want to be.

And the best part of it is that this is absolutely FREE.

Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it?

Here are just a few excerpts from the testimonials that Jacqueline has received from previous shows:

“I love your variety of educators…. Your show included everything from Feng Shui to brain research, marriage and sex to preschool, nutrition to psychology. It highlighted the breadth of education available to and, dare I say it, necessary to raise healthy, happy adults.” ~ Cara – Billings, MT

“I had no idea what a wonderful journey I was in for, how much I would learn and be changed by listening to your show! It has been a blessing. Thank you!” ~ Jessica – Alaska

“First of all, thank you thank you thank you! I’m a mother of a five months old baby girl, and since her arrival had started spiralling down into a cycle of fear of failing as a mother, how to protect our daughter from all that horrible stuff out there without oppressing her with rigidity and closed mindedness, fear that my daughter won’t love me, insomnia, and and and. . . . Your show has really helped me remember who I am and that things ARE going to be ok.” ~ Iman – Pakistan

The Great Parenting Show begins this Tuesday, September 4th at 10am PT10am/1pm ET and 5 pm GMT. One of the things that I love about this show (besides the fact that it’s FREE) is that the calls are recorded so even if you can’t make it live, you can listen for a limited time at your leisure. Additionally, you have the option to buy the recordings so you can go back and listen as many times as you want!

  • Here are some of the questions you’ll find answers to from The Great Parenting Show this season:
  • Is it possible to discipline my child without ruining his or her self-esteem?
  • How do I help my child be successful, both academically and socially?
  • Can I get quick and easy nutritious meals on the table?
  • How do I protect my children from the dangers of cyberspace?
  • How do I teach my children the skills they need to avoid bullying, and to stand up when they see it happening?
  • Can I teach my children about money and responsibility?

The experts included have always been excellent, and this time I am sure it will be no different. Here are just a few of the speakers you will be hearing from which include a few of my long time favorites:

  • Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting and the author of the upcoming book, “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting”
  • Dr. John Gray, best-selling author of the famous “Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus” book series
  • Hal Runkel, best-selling author of “Scream Free Parenting” and “Scream Free Marriage”,
  • Dr. Bruce Lipton, the author of “The Biology of Belief”
  • Tana Amen, the Brain Doctor’s Wife, talking about you how to raise brain healthy kids

…And so many more.

You really don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear these speakers. SPACE IS LIMITED, so register now.

After you register, keep an eye out for Jacqueline’s email with your details for listening in on the calls.

And let me know what you think about the speakers, I’m always interested to hear your feedback!

Help For Sibling Rivalry: Teleseminar Replay 3 Days Only!

Last night I had the great honor of conducting a teleseminar with Patty Wipfler of Hand in Hand Parenting on ways to help improve sibling relationships. For some reason I was nervous about doing this seminar and kept procrastinating about posting about it here. So I apologize if you didn’t know about it and missed listening in. But never fear, you can still hear everything we spoke about!

I wrote recently about Patty’s new online course “No More Hitting” and really am a huge fan of the work she and her team do. In many ways, her approach is very unique and really powerful. I’m hoping that through these seminars she’s been holding with educators like Janet Lansbury and Laurence Cohen (author of Playful Parenting), the techniques she teaches will reach more and more parents and become less unique and much more commonplace!

Patty and I spoke last night about our thoughts on sibling relationships and various ideas we have for improving them. If you happened to miss it (which you very well may have because I didn’t tell you about it!), she very graciously has released the recording of the talk which is avaialble for FREE for 3 days only. The link will expire on May 21st after which they will be selling the recoding for a nominal fee.

siblings fightingI hope those of you who were on the call found some helpful advice from both Patty and myself. A few of you left me some really lovely messages both here on the blog as well as my Facebook page…thank you! Knowing that you’ve made some breakthroughs in parenting your children makes me so happy.

So, whether you’re listening to the seminar for the first time or listening again, please let me know in the comments if there are any questions you had about what we discussed or any questions you have that we didn’t manage to answer.

I’d like to try and take a few of your most difficult sibling issues and answer them as blog posts. So, fire away!

Additionally, a few people asked me about the Kindness Tree that I mentioned in the seminar and I do want to detail that more fully for you and promise to do that in my next blog post!

Parenting Experts Share Their Secrets (Don’t Miss This)!

Have you ever wondered:

  • How to discipline your children without ruining their self-esteem?
  • How to deal with your picky eaters?
  • How to protect your child from being bullied at school or online?
  • How to overcome your own parenting issues so as not to raise children with hang-ups?
  • How to raise your children financially aware?

I know how hard parenting can be at times, so I’m very excited to tell you about the return of a great series called the Great Parenting Show, the #1 Online Resource for Parents. It promises to answer all of these questions and some you haven’t even thought of! When this series ran last year it was AMAZING. I heard from so many of my readers that the information they learned from the featured experts changed their lives. I think this will be another don’t miss series.

This breakthrough 3- month series begins on Tuesday, March 13th at 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT and 1pm ET so register right now to get more information:

Not only are the interviews available online, but they are free to you AND you can ask your top parenting question to the 24+ great parenting experts! Best of all for busy parents, the calls are recorded so you can listen at the times most convenient for you.

Here are just a few of the very well-known speakers included on the Great Parenting Show:

Dr. Jane Nelsen is the prolific author of Positive Discipline and other parenting books, past Oprah guest and major influence on other educators (her book Positive Discipline for Preschoolers changed my life).

Dr. Laura Markham therapist and author of the amazing Aha! Parenting blog will will speaking on the topic Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. (Uh…you know I will be tuning in for that one!).

Neale Donald Walsh, best-selling author of Conversations with God, will talk about how to make spirituality accessible to your children.

Sharon Lechter coauthor of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and creator of the Thrive Teen Game, will talk about raising financially literate children.

Dr. Joe Rubino is an internationally acclaimed expert, success coach and best-selling author, talking about raising kids with high self-esteem.

Shelly Lefkoe author and parenting educator talking about making parenting easier and more fun, WITHOUT sabotaging your children’s future.

Amy McCready, is a popular parenting educator who will share her proven tips to get your kids to behave without nagging, reminding or yelling. (I reviewed her excellent book If I Have to Tell You One More Time last year in this post).

Dr. Deborah Rozman is a psychologist who has co-authored over a dozen books, as well as co-founded the HeartMath Institute which provides products and services that enable people to transform stress, better regulate emotional responses and harness the power of heart/brain communication.

And so many more!

Again, this three month weekly training is completely FREE! The experts will be sharing the best of the best strategies, tactics and processes they know to help you with your parenting issues and make the journey happier, and much more successful.

I hope you take advantage of this unique chance to get answers to virtually all of your parenting concerns.

Positive Parents And A Giveaway!

When I first became a mother I began reading a number of blogs and parenting pages that have guided and inspired me so much both as a parent and as a blogger myself. One of these blogs is Rebecca Eanes’ Positive Parents. I always learn something from her perspective on parenting and share many of her posts on my Twin Coach Facebook page.

Rebecca writes wonderfully about how to create connected, positive relationships with our children. She never comes across as being “better than” her readers and is always wise and thoughtful in her approach to some of our most challenging parenting moments. The manner in which she delivers this information is so relatable that even someone who isn’t familiar with a positive, empathetic approach can easily see how the methods she talks about can work for their family.

Some of the posts that I have loved most recently include:

Solutions For Siblings

happy parent and child

“Peaceful parenting is about having peaceful homes and peaceful relationships. Conflicts will always arise, and that is perfectly normal, but by setting boundaries around respect and teaching problem-solving skills, we can teach our kids how to find solutions, repair relationships, and come back to peace.”

The Right Way To Parent?

“There is certainly no shortage of articles telling us all what not to do as parents, yet few offer concrete advice on what we should do. As a parent, I know how frustrating it can be to have all of your tools yanked away because they’re all “wrong” and then being left feeling like you’re adrift on this big sea without a paddle. (No pun intended.) I was there once, too. I had this exact realization.

Okay, spanking is bad. Definitely bad. Now time outs are bad too. Wait, all punishments are bad. Oh, and consequences? Not a great idea. So what’s left?

Can you relate?

If you’re floating adrift out there, let me throw you a lifesaver. Well, its more like arm floaties and a map, but just stick with me. I’m going to give you some tools you can start using now to replace your time outs, threats, and taking away privileges, but I’m not going to give you concrete advice on what to do either.”

The Superior Parent Award Goes To…

Rebecca’s wonderful answer to the recent debate over the new book “Bringing Up Bebe” and whether French parents are better than American parents.

Positive Parents also has a terrific Facebook page, Positive Parenting: Toddlers And Beyond, where Rebecca not only shares her own posts but frequently posts other articles and pieces of wisdom that she feels will relate to her more than 17,000 (!) followers. She really is an amazing wealth of information and it’s a wonderful community of people she’s gathered. I’m a big fan of hers and I hope you will take a minute to check out her blog and Facebook page.

Now, for more good stuff.

Rebecca has just written her first ebook entitled The Newbie’s Guide To Positive Parenting. From Rebecca’s site:

“This 30-page PDF eBook will give you clarity and offer you tools and skills that will strengthen your relationship with your child while teaching values and instilling the self-discipline that will benefit your child for a lifetime. The Newbie’s Guide to Positive Parenting provides several scenarios so you can see positive parenting in action!”

The chapters include:

  • What is Positive Parenting?
  • How Positive Parenting is Different from Permissive Parenting
  • Changing Your Mindset
  • Teaching Tools
  • Consequences, Punishments, and Problem-Solving
  • Limit Enforcement versus Punishment
  • 10 Alternatives to Punishment
  • 10 Things That Are More Important Than Discipline

Rebecca has very nicely offered to give away a copy of her ebook, but even if you don’t win it, it is priced at a very affordable $4.99, so please pass on this information to your friends, share it on your Facebook page, pin away on Pinterest and let as many people as you can know that here is some excellent accesible information for helping parents, caregivers and educators better connect with the children they love.

Giveaway rules:

Just leave a comment below and let me know if you’d like to win a copy. If you feel comfortable sharing what your biggest challenge is when it comes to staying positive in parenting, please share…I believe we all learn from each other.

I will pick a random winner (thank you random.org) on Saturday, March 3rd at noon PST and announce the winner on my Facebook page. Please be sure to include a way to contact you when leaving your comment!

Discovering The Joy Of Reading (Plus A Giveaway)!

“The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy;
it lasts when all other pleasures fade.”
~ Anthony Trollope

“The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss

My fondest childhood memories revolve around the love of reading, writing and story-telling my parents shared with me. This passion for words and expression meant there were books everywhere in our house, librettos were read before going to an opera, deeply personal diaries were kept and long, detailed stories were told before bed. Now that I am a mother myself, I am doing my best to create this love of reading and story telling with my own kids.

We’ve read to our children from day one, kept books everywhere from our cars to our bathrooms, and let our children see us reading books for enjoyment. In our home our children know that books are important. We inscribe them with the kids’ names, who the book was from and what occasion the book was given for. This year I started using these personalized, vintage bookplates from Oiseaux in the children’s favorite books. When we read aloud we try to make it exciting, using different voices, hushed whispers and lots of expression. As children’s book author, Mem Fox, says,

“When I say to a parent, ‘read to a child’, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.”

bob books learning to readWe never have tried to teach our children to read. Rather, we have tried to impart a love for books and what they offer. Because we laid this foundation, when I brought home a box of Bob Books about 4 months ago and asked my 4 1/2-year old son if he wanted to try and read the books on his own, he dove right in.

To my amazement, this boy who deeply loves books, but who had never even tried to read on his own, was reading these books within minutes. The look on his face when he realized this was priceless!

For Christmas he got lots of cool gifts, but the one he’s enjoyed most so far are his set of the next level of Bob Books. He’s figuring out words he’s never seen before, understanding simple stories and totally encouraged to try more. He’s even ventured into reading some of his regular books and is making his way through some of the simpler Dr. Seuss stories.

I would never recommend pushing a child to read before they’re ready. Like anything else with early childhood, pushing too soon can often backfire. I merely offered the books and was available whenever he wanted to try. But because of the way they’re designed, he felt successful right off the bat. I think it’s our son’s passion for really wanting to read, coupled with his excitement to be doing something before his sister, that has spurred him on. And it is absolutely this amazing series of books that has given him the confidence to say “I can read”! That’s him, below, reading one of the new books, “O.K., Kids”.

I hadn’t heard of Bob Books until stumbling upon them via a connection on Twitter, but since having such success with them I have told everyone I know how well they work and how much both my children love them. As with just about everything else in my life, that means I also share it on my blog with you! But even better than just telling you about how well they work, this post is a chance for you to win a set of Bob Books Set 1. These books make a great gift or, if your child is too young to start, win them and keep them until the time is right!

Winning is simple. All you need to do is leave a comment below and tell me what the first book is that you remember reading. I will pick a winner at random (thank you, Random.org) on Monday, January 9th at noon, PST. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can notify you if you win!

Pledge To Build Your Daughter’s Self-Esteem

You probably have heard of Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty. Based on the findings of a global study, Dove launched its wildly successful advertising campaign in 2004 that “started a global conversation about the need for a wider definition of beauty after the study proved the hypothesis that the definition of beauty had become limiting and unattainable.”

In 2011, Dove released the findings of its largest global study to date on women’s relationship with beauty—The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited. The study revealed that only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful, and that anxiety about looks begins at an early age. In a study of over 1,200 10-to-17-year-olds, a majority of girls, 72%, said they felt tremendous pressure to be beautiful. The study also found that only 11% of girls around the world feel comfortable using the word beautiful to describe their looks, showing that there is a universal increase in beauty pressure and a decrease in girls’ confidence as they grow older. Though Dove’s efforts have moved the needle in a positive direction, there is more to be done.

Dove 2And that’s why I’m writing today. Dove is planning a Self-Esteem Weekend this coming weekend October 21st – 23rd. I know you all spend plenty of time with the girls in your life teaching them that it’s who they are and not what they look like that’s important. I know you probably spend lots of time encouraging your girls to be strong, powerful, independent and brave. I’m sure you even remind your daughters, nieces and cousins that girls can be scientists, fight fires and even climb mountains. But what I’m asking you to do is to take a look at the Dove Pledge Map and commit an hour to focusing on a self-esteem building activity with a girl in your life during the weekend of October 21st-23rd. Parents lead by example, and pledging to spend an hour with a specific focus is an easy way to help foster positive self-image and confidence in the next generation of women.

Need some ideas? Here are some cool ones from their website:

  • Have your girls take a photo of themselves in a thinking pose, print out the photo. Also have them cut out a piece of white paper like a thought bubble! Using markers, cut-outs from magazines, or printed letters with colorful fun fonts, spell out the word, ‘’B-E-A-U-T-Y’’ vertically down the thought bubble. Have the girls create an acronym for the word, “Beauty.’’ They can use a sentence or a word such as, B is for Believing in Yourself and E is for Excellent Attitude. Glue the thought bubble and photo on a piece of larger, colorful paper and it becomes a poster/reminder of what is beautiful to each girl.
  • Mutually Complement one another. Share five things you like about one another and five things you each like about yourself. Focus on physicality, personality and character trait.
  • Send a girl in your life out with confident reminders by making a Boost Book: Decorate a notebook or sketchpad together and keep a log of inspiring quotations, compliments and positive comments other people have made about the girl in your life. Tuck in a few favorite photos or mementos that remind her of moments when she felt confident and beautiful or just had a great time.
  • Create an Inspiration Board together by collecting articles, magazine tear-outs and news clippings that represent issues surrounding self-esteem. Create a collage of positive messages and images, and keep it in a visible place as both an inspiration board and a reminder of how individuality makes everyone beautiful
  • There are tons of great activities and ideas for ways to spend this weekend (and any special time) with your daughters on this toolkit and resource page. I know the tags say they are for girls ages 8 and up, but really, I believe you can do many of the activities with your little ones. I think it’s never too early to let our girls know how awesome they are…just as they are.

Dove 1And speaking of awesome, here a few terrific websites whose content can help us all raise strong, confident girls who believe in themselves no matter what:

Pigtail Pals by the very kickass Melissa Wardy who is dedicated to “changing the way we think about girls”.

Parenting Pink great articles on raising strong girls
7Wonderlicious (and their blog, Empowering Girls)
You’d Be So Pretty If great body image advice for mothers
Commercial Free Childhood Reclaiming Childhood From Corporate Marketers is their slogan
Parent Girls a blog by Nancy Gruver, creator of New Moon Girls

I’d love to hear about who inspires your self-confidence. Tell us what you do with the girls in your life to help them know how special they are. And tell us if you plan to take the pledge this weekend and how you’ll spend that hour!

The Great Parenting Show

A new teleseminar series began today called the Great Parenting Show. I heard the first parenting expert interviewed and I’m really excited to let my readers know about this free program.

This program promises to offer answers to parenting issues many of us have including:

  • How to discipline your children without ruining their self-esteem
  • How to put nutritious meals on the table without it taking up so much time
  • How to protect your child from being bullied at school or online
  • How to raise your child’s emotional EQ raising happier more resilient children
  • How to overcome your own parenting issues so as not to raise children with hang-ups
  • How to raise your children to be financially aware

The organizer of this series, Jacqueline Green, has brought together top parenting experts and educators from all over the world to bring their information to parents, educators and care-takers in a series of lectures and interviews over the course of the next few months for FREE. Some of my absolute favorite parenting experts are taking part in this program including Dr. Laura Markham, Michele Borba, Sue Atkins and Susan Stiffleman.

Additional experts that are included in the line-up are notable speakers such as:

Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series who will teach you how to raise financially successful kids
Lisa Nichols, star of The Secret, talking about how to motivate teens
Sonia Choquette, Hay House author who teaches you how to use the power of your intuition.
Marie Diamond, star of The Secret talking about Feng Shui, and how your environment can help you create a happy family
Shelly Lefkoe, who will be talking about how to get your children to cooperate WITHOUT destroying their self-esteem
Robert Holden, Hay House author and frequent Oprah guest on how to be happy
Dr. Bruce Lipton, best-selling author who will talks about the link between your parenting and your child’s biology and beliefs
Izzy Kalman, nationally recognized school psychologist on bully-proofing your child, made easy

The show began today, but each call is recorded and available for 48 hours for free. Because this program is free, there are limited spaces available. Replays will be available but you need to register to have access.

After you register, keep an eye out for Jacqueline’s email with your details for listening in on the calls.

The series runs from Sept 20th thru Dec. 13th 2011 and the calls are held at 9am PT/ 11am CT/ 12pm ET. If you can’t make the LIVE CALLS Every Tuesday & Thursday, don’t worry … they’ve got you covered! The interviews will be recorded and will be available after each show for a limited time so you won’t miss a thing. There are mp3s and transcripts available for sale, but it is not required.

I hope you can take advantage of this great series of speakers. This feels like such a great opportunity, especially for those who don’t live in the cities where these experts work, or who can’t afford the time or money to attend 24 parenting seminars!

The Whole-Brain Child: Seminar With Dr. Dan Siegel

A couple of months ago I attended an amazing lecture and workshop with Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson on the subject of Whole-Brain Parenting. I wrote about both in these two posts: Compassionate, Resilient Children Begin In The Mind and A Little Brain Science Can Help Us Raise Children Who Thrive. Dr. Siegel, who is the co-author of many books including the terrific “Parenting From The Inside Out”, has written a new book with Dr. Bryson called “The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive” which I am extremely excited about.

This October, they will be presenting a seminar here in Los Angeles on the research and information discussed in this new book. I’m planning to attend and wanted to let my readers know the details, as space is limited. Dr. Siegel’s previous work has been so helpful in my parenting journey and although I have only recently become aware of Tina Bryson, she has quickly become an excellent source of great parenting advice and information.

The seminar, which is being hosted by the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, is described on their site in this way:

The Whole-Brain Child : 12 Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

“In this seminar, an exciting new approach to raising children will be explored through engaging discussions, case examples, and experiential immersions. Parents, grandparents, teachers, child development professionals and others who help children grow will find this learning experience filled with scientifically based ideas and practical skills that can promote well-being in children’s lives. By offering a definition of an important aspect of the mind and a core mechanism of mental health, the whole-brain child approach offers care providers the cutting edge art and science of child development.

How we focus our attention shapes the connections in the brain. And how the brain’s connections link to one another in an integrated way directly shapes how it functions in health. An integrated brain creates a flexible, flourishing mind and compassionate and rewarding relationships. By inspiring children to focus their attention in ways that are accessible and easy to teach, parents and educators can provide the kind of guidance that will promote the growth of neural integration at the heart of health. Even moments of despair and discouragement can be transformed into opportunities to deepen relationships and promote integration. Beyond merely tools of survival, this approach empowers us to enjoy the journey of caregiving as we transform challenge into integrative learning.

All participants will receive a copy of Drs. Siegel and Bryson’s latest book The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive (Delacorte Press, 2011)

Come join us and explore the exciting world of whole-brain parenting!”

Date: Saturday October 15, 2011
Time: 10AM – 1PM
Venue: The Neuro-Psychiatric Institute (NPI) Auditorium, 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: $60

I’ve bought my tickets, please let me know if you plan to go as well! If you can’t make it, I will be doing my best to blog about what I learn from these two brilliant people after the seminar. You can find out more about Tina Payne Bryson and learn more about Dr. Dan Siegel on his website or find about his work with Mindsight Institute. I hope to see you in October!

Cool Baby Products And A Great Giveaway!

When I first had my babies I didn’t know a burp cloth from a sippy cup. I certainly didn’t know which products were the best, the coolest, the greatest new thing. And I didn’t yet have a close group of mom friends to ask. I was probably too overwhelmed and tired to do much more than buy the first few things I saw. Oh, how I wish we had Citrus Lane back then!

What? You haven’t heard of them yet? Citrus Lane is a great company that offers subscriptions, like a Wine of the Month club, except what you get are these beautiful boxes shipped to you, each with 4 to 5 baby products along with helpful parenting tips and tricks. When you subscribe, you can pick any box to start with, based on your baby’s age, from newborn up to 18 months. The goodies inside will be tailored to the developmental stage of your child. It’s like having a super smart group of mom (and dad) friends deliver a care package to you each month with just what you and your baby need at that time!

There’s a gift box for every occasion!

citruslane_products_starting-solidsThat’s right, they have boxes you can give as a shower gift , boxes to welcome home your newborn, boxes to start you off right when your baby starts eating solids for the first time, and so much more. Each box contains items that total up to $50 in retail value, but the boxes are $25 each. And you know how I love information…they detail why they picked each item, they have blog posts about each stage to offer support and information, they make recommendations on other items you might need at each stage…they’ve thought of it all!

Another cool thing about Citrus Lane is that they don’t allow companies to pay for placement of their products. Each item in each box you receive is filled with products that are recommended and reviewed by real moms and dads. Citrus Lane is dedicated to helping parents discover the best baby products on the market and showcasing items that they feel every parent should know about!

Parent Advisory Board

I’m very excited to say that Citrus Lane has asked me to join their Parent Advisory Board. This board is made up of experts who will be helping the company explore various topics that are important to their community, such as parent education, family cooking, safe & eco-friendly baby products, as well as stylish nursery decor. I will be contributing articles on mindful parenting as well as on raising twins. The Advisory Board will also be helping vet the product picks, so Citrus Lane can ensure that what is put in the boxes really is valuable for families.

So, enough about me….here’s where it’s all about you!

Citrus Lane has given me a 3-month subscription to give away to one reader! Yeah! I’m super excited. Even if your kids are too old to enjoy the products, you can gift the subscription to a friend, a relative, a colleague…then sit back and receive the compliments for being the coolest friend ever. All you need to do to win is leave a comment below and tell us what your all-time favorite baby product is (or was). Make sure to leave a way to contact you! On Monday, September 12th we will select a random winner at noon PST. You’ll win a $75 3-month Citrus Lane subscription with items valued up to $150. You can live anywhere to enter, but the prize must be delivered to U.S. residents only and can begin at whatever month you choose. This is a link to the official rules if that kind of stuff interests you.

So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment below and pass this on to all your friends who might be interested in winning this awesome gift or knowing about this great company!