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Archive for October, 2007

Give Kid Nation’s Taylor the silent treatment

kidnationPunished for dodging an assigned clean-up, Taylor‘s punishment was to haul buckets of water. Her response: Call out to Zach, her nemesis, then purposely dump the water and say, “Oops, my bad.” It’s time to just ignore beauty pageant girl.

That Taylor remains a focal point merely shows how weak this program is. Her prima dona attitude is getting old. The echoing complaints about her from the rest of Kid Nation are becoming more annoying. So, why do they keep coming back to this theme? Cuz the show has become as boring as a 13-1 Red Sox blowout of the Rockies.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
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Mt Diablo School District losing on all fronts

School search ILLUSMt. Diablo’s school board has given up on pursuing a parcel tax — for now. Superintendent Gary McHenry abandoned the plan Wednesday because of a lack of support. (To learn more about the decision, read staff writer Shirley Dang’s article.) In place of the parcel tax, the school board may seek a school construction bond in 2008.

Sorry, but this is just further proof that McHenry and the school board don’t get it. An informal survey showed only 46 percent community support for the parcel tax of $100 or more (a two-thirds majority was needed to pass). It’s not that residents don’t recognize the need to help our schools and our children.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
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POINT: Admire, respect stay-at-home parent

20060911 Babysitting ILLUS“The other mothers look down their nose at me when I tell them I’m a stay-at-home mom.” When my sister-in-law told me this three years ago, I was speechless. How could someone disrespect a parent willing to make raising and nuturing her children the No. 1 priority?

Granted, I’m one of the lucky ones. When I got married and became a stepmom, I was able to change jobs so my husband and I had limited overlapping work schedules. That meant one of us would be at home with Dana after school, during the summer and on weekends. Not every parental unit is this fortunate. Cost of living in California usually mandates that both parents work; naturally, single parents have it even harder.

But for my husband and I, having a parent home with Dana is extremely important to us.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
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COUNTERPOINT: Working mom defends her bond with kids

As a full-time working parent since my daughter was 4-months-old, I know the challenges parents face when it comes to balancing work with bonding with their children. But I also know for a fact that it can be done very successfully if the working parents are willing to make a number of adjustments to their lives to ensure that the time they have with their children is of the highest possible quality.

motherThree hours of true time together, one-on-one reading, snuggles on the couch or trips to the neighborhood park, can do more for our relationships with our children than an eight-hour stretch filled with chores and errands. And if the parent staying home with the kids is financially stressed, as is
likely to be the case in the expensive Bay Area, is she likely to be emotionally available for the children? It’s just too simplistic to look back at the ’50s…

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Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
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Bullying adds weight to childhood obesity

LIFE HEALTH-OBESITY 4 FTAs if we didn’t have enough reason to hate bullies, a study in the “American Journal of Preventive Medicine” has found a link between teasing and weight gain, especially in teenage girls. According to the study, girls who were teased were twice as likely to be overweight five years later compared to other girls included in the study. These same girls also routinely abused diet pills and laxatives and were more susceptible to eating disorders.
Relationship and family therapist Argie Allen shared some tips on the “Today” show for helping girls experiencing these problems. Find additional tips here.
Ann Tatko-Peterson

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
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Latest wildfire update for SoCal colleges

San Diego fire THURSDAY UPDATE: UCSD’s emergency status has been downgraded to “yellow.”

As of (Wednesday) morning, UCSD remains at emergency status, but students are safe and the university has set up a page for parents that includes contact information and travel tips for students wishing to return home. The University of San Diego remains closed but its dining services and student volunteers have been helping the efforts at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego State remains closed as well. Pepperdine University in Malibu has reopened for classes. Elsewhere: CSU San Bernardino is closed through Friday, but Friday evening and weekend events are still planned and classes will resume Monday. CSU San Marcos will reopen Monday as well.
- Jackie Burrell

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
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Stephen Colbert – Kid$ Edition

We’re unabashed Stephen Colbert fans, but his recent “Stephen Colbert Platinum: Kid$ Edition”? Classic. It’s directed toward upper class kids – you know, the ones whose school names end in “Prep,” “Academy” or, says Colbert, their own last name. The ones who loan their high end art collections to premiere museums.

Actually, the pint-sized art collector part is true…

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Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
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5 p.m. – Wildfire update for UCSD, SDSU, Pepperdine

US NEWS CALIFORNIAFIRES 14 SANEWEST UPDATE: UC San Diego, the University of San Diego and San Diego State have announced they are shutting down for the week. Classes will resume Monday. Chancellors at all three schools say students are safe, the campuses unthreatened, and dining halls and health services remain open. The closures are a health and safety precaution. Pepperdine University is re-opening for classes tomorrow.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
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Trick-or-treat obsession

Halloween’s just around the corner and chances are, you’re already stockpiling the Snickers and M’s. But what do you do with your kid’s trick-or-treat haul after the big night? Stash, savor or dump it?

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Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
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Baby brains, chores & more

Worried mom Toddlers, teens, chores and more are on the lineup for this week’s parent education lectures. Here’s what’s ahead:

Drive Smart, Stay Safe: A Class for Teens and Parents
Oct. 23 or Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek (Free but rsvp required). Sponsored by the CHP and Acalanes Adult Ed.

Positive Solutions: Temperaments, Chores, Allowances & More
Wednesdays through Nov. 7 at 8:15 a.m., John Swett Elementary, Martinez ($15). Sponsored by Martinez Adult Education. To register, call 925-228-3276.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
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