Little Hacks That Make Parenting Easier

Being a parent is probably one of the toughest jobs in the world. There are so many responsibilities that you need to take care of every single day, and there is no time off. At the same time, parenting has to be one of the most rewarding activities. There is no better reward than seeing your kids grow up and transform into little humans with personalities that were shaped thanks to your hard work. Even though there is no right or wrong way of raising kids, there are little tricks that parents can use to facilitate their life. Even if you are a stay-at-home parent, you have a lot of weight on your shoulders that needs to be relieved somehow.

Parents are human beings that need to eliminate some stress from their life every now and them. Even if you can’t find time for yourself every single day, you need to make an effort of focusing on yourself at least over the weekend. It might seem hard to change up your routine, but it the right to do for your sanity. Have a look at the tips given below and find some parenting inspiration that will bring some peace in your life.

Make Meal Planning Easier

Every parent wants their kids to be healthy and happy. One of the aspects that can contribute to the health of your kids is obviously the food they are eating. However, cooking food takes a lot of time and effort, especially if you prefer eating fresh foods for every meal. Therefore, you could start preparing meals in advance. This could be done either over the weekend or on a certain day during the week. If you don’t appreciate eating foods that were cooked a few days ago, you don’t have to cook that many meals. By preparing a double portion, you can count on eating some delicious leftovers the next day. Once you heat them up, they will be just as delicious and healthy for you.

Plan Outfits

Time is essential when you are a parent. You are well aware of the fact that you don’t get a lot of time to pamper yourself or change outfits all day long once you become a parent. However, by getting into the habit of planning your outfits in advance, you are able to save a lot of time and energy. You could do the same for your kids. Planning your kid’s outfits at the start of the week or a day in advance is a lifesaver. Since the clothes subject is quite important when it comes to kids, you need to make sure that you only purchase high-quality items, especially when they are young. They will not only last younger and feel better on the skin, but you will also make a good investment. Check out Nickis for some great quality items of clothing that your kids will adore.

Fill out Your Planner

A lot of these tips involve being organized. Planning beforehand is amazing when it comes to giving you some peace of mind. No matter what age are your kids are, it is good to have a weekly planner that you can fill out at the start of the week. Knowing exactly when doctors’ appointments are or when you need to take care of an obligation forces you in a way to seem the good in the week, instead of dreading it. The good news is that it only takes you a few minutes to complete your planner. While doing that, you can also ask your partner about their obligations so that the whole family can stay organized. Last but not least, if you’re thinking about planning any play dates for your kids, this is a good way to take care of that.

Get the Kids Involved

Just because you are the responsible parent, that doesn’t make you the only member of the family. Get everyone involved in every activity or errand that you need to run around the home. Although it might be hard to believe, kids love the idea of helping their parents out. That is because they feel in control. They can organize their toys, put their clothes away and even mop the floor, if they are old enough. Teaching children how to clean the house, how to prepare certain foods or how to complete certain chores is basically a life skill that they have to learn sooner or later. There are a lot of activities that parents need to complete around the house, and it is impossible not to find one that is suitable for kids.

Make a Reward Sheet

Kids throw tantrums many times. Nonetheless, a lot of times parents are not aware of the fact that they actually encourage that kind of behavior. If you’ve had enough of waking up in the middle of the night to a kid who does not want to sleep in their own bed, it might be time to create a sleep sheet. These reward sheets can be easily customized to your personal needs. They are a good help for parents who don’t know what to do to calm their kids down. You might be surprised by how effective they are. Those five stickers that represent a little reward can work wonders.

Put Yourself First

Last but not least, it is essential to mention the importance of focusing on yourself. This will make your life better in no time. Ask your partner to mind the kids for a certain amount of time while you pamper yourself, or you do an activity that calms your mind. Even if you spend that time taking a nap, you will be better off than not doing anything for yourself. If you want to recharge your batteries, you need to do this at least once a week. It is not a big break, but it does the trick. You don’t have to be to feel guilty about it as you deserve to relax.

Parenting can be complicated at times, but definitely not impossible. If you’re still new to the art of parenting or you simply need some inspiration, the ideas discussed above might come in handy.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Offers Late-Night Trains, Special Fares for Concerts at FivePoint Amphitheater Concertgoers can travel to and from Orange County's newest outdoor venue and enjoy discount train fares on select concert dates during the 2018 summer series in Irvine

The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® will offer special train service for concertgoers traveling to and from the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine during the 2018 concert season between May 11 and September 30, 2018. Discounted Pacific Surfliner fares will be offered for travel to and from Irvine on select concert dates. In addition, concert goers who present a valid Pacific Surfliner ticket at the gate will receive complimentary Fast Lane access, which allows expedited entry to FivePoint Amphitheatre.

The Pacific Surfliner travels between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, connecting nearly 3 million passengers a year to many of Southern California’s top destinations. The Pacific Surfliner directly serves the new FivePoint Amphitheatre, which is located adjacent to the Irvine Station.

“The venue’s front gate is less than a five minute walk from the train station, which makes taking the Pacific Surfliner a safe and convenient option for fans travelling from Orange County as well as San Diego and Los Angeles,” said Matt Prieshoff, Live Nation Chief Operating Officer – California.

When the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre closed in 2016, land developer FivePoint Communities partnered with live events producer Live Nation Entertainment to construct a temporary 12,000-seat facility on the southwest perimeter of the Orange County Great Park. The venue opened in 2017 with a proposal to minimize impact on area traffic. The venue offers 4,000 on-site parking spots, as well as convenient access to the Irvine Station and ridesharing services.

“We are proud to support access to live music and are excited to provide a special concert train service in partnership with Live Nation and FivePoint Amphitheatre,” said Bryan MacDonald, chairman of the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency, which oversees the Pacific Surfliner service. “This service will enhance the experience for concert goers while also improving quality of life for local residents.”

The Pacific Surfliner will provide late-night service from Irvine to Los Angeles and San Diego with trains departing approximately 20 minutes after most concerts, including Slayer (May 11), Dirty Heads (June 30), Pentatonix (July 19), Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker (August 24), Jason Mraz (September 14), Rise Against (September 30) and more.

The special northbound return train (597) will depart Irvine promptly at 11:20 p.m. en route to Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fullerton and Los Angeles. The final southbound train (796) will depart Irvine at 11:19 p.m. en route to San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, Solana Beach and San Diego.  Concert attendees can take any Pacific Surfliner train to the FivePoint Amphitheatre with service from San Diego, Oceanside, Anaheim, Los Angeles and intermediate stops.

For more information, including a full list of concerts, promotional fares and detailed train schedules, please visit www.pacificsurfliner.com/livenation.

To stay up to date on the latest announcements, breaking news, and information for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner visit news.pacificsurfliner.com/.

Credit: The Pacific Surfliner.

Regional Acts Selected for Third Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Free Outdoor Festival Sunday, May 27 at 1pm

Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University is pleased to announce that over 20 regional acts were selected to perform on three stages at the third annual Heartbeat of Mexico’s free Outdoor Festival on Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 1pm to 7:30pm.

Featuring some of the top local and regional Mexican-American ensembles in Southern California, the festival will present traditional and contemporary music, dance, and folklórico performances to the community. Every region of Mexico has its own dance style, music, and costuming from a variety of cultural influences, including the indigenous tribes, Spanish, Africans, Germans, and the French. The performances selected for this year’s event reflect the beauty of Mexico’s rich history, music, and art.

Performance Schedule

Aitken Arts Plaza Stage:

 1pm – Opening Ceremony

1:15pm – El Sol Academy: Kindergarten through fifth grade students perform and delight in traditional costumes.

2:15pm – Calle 4 Cumbia Electric: This high-energy Santa Ana band plays songs that highlight the pride and strengths of the Mexican-American community.

3:15pm – Ballet Folklórico Estrellas de OCSA: Dancers from Orange County School of the Arts paint the vibrant history of Mexico through folk and traditional dance.

4:15pm  Primero Sueño Ensemble: This visionary band sings original songs inspired by resilience and nature that KCRW calls “beautiful and wonderful.”

5:15pm  El Santo Golpe: Experience the world of Afro-Latin music, with infusions of cumbia, son jarocho, garifuna, African drum beats, poetry, and folkloric dance.

Performers Court Stage:

2pm  Los Sanchez Mariachi Quartet: The Sanchez family – Lino, Esbeyde, Erandi, and Eraydelin – bring beautiful mariachi music from their Anaheim home to the entire region.

3pm – Mariachi Los Santos of Santa Ana High School: Founded in 2000, this stunning ensemble from one of Orange County’s oldest high schools preserves the rich traditions of Mexico’s musical culture.

4pm – Felipe Orozco & his Mariachi Tierra Azteca: This band has delighted all ages across Southern California with popular mariachi songs, Latin pop and banda hits.

5pm – Ruby Clouds: Dream along to the original songs of this R&B/Rock duo of siblings who grew up on both sides of the border and sing in both English and Spanish.

6pm – Daniela y Fito: This father-daughter duo spreads the beauty of Mexican folk songs with a sound that will melt your heart.

Wells Fargo Stage:

 2:45pm – Relámpago Del Cielo: For more than 40 years, this non-profit dance community has ignited the joy of Latin culture in Orange County.

3:45pm – The Dream Act: Students, alumni, and faculty from Middle College High School and Santa Ana College blend pop, rock en Español, and cumbia.

4:45pm – MEXIKA (Music & Dance of Ancient Mexico): With brightly colored traditional feather garments and ancient instruments, this high-powered ensemble reflects the ancient culture they celebrate.

5:45pm – Grupo Folklórico Fusion Mexicana: Based in Ventura County, these dancers are more than just great performers; they also have a deep passion for education and community activism.

6:45pm – Cambalache: Close out the night in the spirit of the fandango with the East LA-based group playing high-energy son jarocho music from Veracruz.

In addition to the performances, the festival will feature a variety of family fun activities, a food fair, and many more events outside on Aitken Arts Plaza. Family activity highlights include: creating a Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera-inspired zine, shouting ¡Loteria! during a hilariously popular group game with similarities to bingo, making paper flowers and papel picado, and exploring the regional cultures with the Consulate of Mexico during a fun Passport Adventure Game.

Mariachi Los Camperos headlines Musco Center’s third annual Heartbeat of Mexico festival on Saturday, May 26 at 7:30pm. Generally regarded as Southern California’s top mariachi ensemble, this band was founded by the legendary Nati Cano. They performed at the first Heartbeat of Mexico festival in 2016 and return by popular demand. Mariachi Mestizo from California’s Central Valley will open the evening. This group is among the state’s top youth mariachi and features both boys and girls across all instruments. Venerated across Mexico, Natalia Lafourcade will perform Sunday, May 27 at 6pm. She is a rapidly emerging voice of the people, lilting across the borders of folk and pop into pure rock superstardom.

Heartbeat of Mexico is a Musco Center World CAFE Event presented in association with Chapman University’s Latinx Staff & Faculty Forum. The community is invited to participate in the free and ticketed events throughout the third annual Heartbeat of Mexico festival. Tickets for May 26 are on sale now and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at www.muscocenter.org/ or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.

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ABOUT MUSCO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Since it opened on March 19, 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has been hailed as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more” by the Los Angeles Times.

Designed by renowned architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world-renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels and a full-scale stagehouse capable of grand spectacle or lush symphonic sound with its unique orchestral shell in place. Musco Center serves as a dynamic focal point for campus life and the broader community, giving notice that world-class arts education and artistic achievement have found a new home in Southern California.

For more information about Musco Center and its upcoming events, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.muscocenter.org.

ABOUT LATINX STAFF & FACULTY FORUM

The Chapman Latinx Staff & Faculty Forum was developed in Fall 2015 to provide support to Latinx students, staff, and faculty by developing connections and building a bridge between students, parents, alumni, community organizations, and the Chapman community.

ABOUT MUSCO CENTER FOR THE ARTS WORLD CAFE

Musco Center offers its World CAFE (Cultural Arts Festivals and Events) series as an opportunity to engage in meaningful community collaboration with partners across Southern California. Each World CAFE salutes a different country or part of the world that connects back to the Southland, to showcase both the traditional and contemporary art forms and how those forms have evolved here in California.

5 Tips To Helping Your Kids Improve Their English

English is one of the most powerful and dominant languages of the world. Current statistics show that about 50 countries have English as their primary national language. It is therefore very important to help your children learn to speak fluent English from an early age. As a parent, listening to your kids speaking and writing flawless English sentences is very satisfying.

Developing strong writing skills takes time. However, with great tips and sheer determination, it is achievable. Here are 5 tips to helping your kids’ improve their English.

  1. Converse Regularly

Engaging in regular conversations with your children is very important. As a parent, you can help your children improve their English by prioritizing time spent conversing with them. As the children get older, you can slowly introduce vocabularies to the conversations.

Teach your kids the correct pronunciations and definitions. With time, your children’s English conversation skills will greatly improve. Remember to correct mistakes prudently. Avoid yelling at your kids when they mispronounce words or use them incorrectly. Instead, be patient with them and applaud their efforts to learn.

  1. Read, Read, Read

Reading regularly is a great way to help your kids improve their English. Reading improves your child’s fluency and increases their ability to decode words and letters, which promotes greater understanding. Take time to read a story for your child every day before they go to sleep. Occasionally, you can flip things over and ask your child to read you the story. This will improve their confidence and give them a chance to use new English words.  

  1. Lose The Baby Talk

Baby talk is crucial to your child’s development. The coos and babbles are essential for your baby’s brain development. However, if you want your children to communicate in fluent English, you must speak to them clearly and directly; Use grown-up words in your normal day to day conversations with your growing children. Your kids will gradually pick up new words and use them in the conversations.

  1. Make It Fun

Fun games and activities are an excellent way to help your children improve their English. Games also make learning enjoyable and interactive. Look for age-appropriate games that will enrich your children’s writing and oral communication skills. You can easily download games for free on your smartphone or iPad that will entertain and teach your children at the same time.

 

  1. Encourage A Writing Culture In Your Home

Writing is an essential part of education. As a parent, it is important to build your child’s writing skills from an early age. Encourage your children to write things they are passionate about. Reward your children when they write great stories to motivate them.

It is very important to have a routine and a special place in your house specially devoted to writing. This will make it easier for your children to sharpen their writing skills in a quiet area free from distractions. Be a role model to your children by embracing the writing culture as well. Share your writing experience with your children and teach them the various forms of writing. This will greatly improve their writing skills.

Conclusion

These 5 tips will surely help your kids improve their English. Are you looking for the best model compositions that will help your child impress his/her teacher? Writing Samurai has useful resources that will help your child write great compositions in no time. Check out the Writing Samurai website for english compositions samples that will benefit your child a great deal.

Places to go this Mother’s Day!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Go Little Tokyo

Spa Services, Fashion Boutiques, a Floral Shop, Mother’s Day Brunch Specials and More!

 Go Little Tokyo is excited to spoil Mom this May with its list of top places to shop, dine, and celebrate Mother’s Day in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles’ culturally rich, urban neighborhood. Treat the special women in your life to a memory-making mother-daughter adventure immersing in the delectable restaurants, boutique shops, and rich culture that Little Tokyo has to offer.

With its inception more than 16 years ago, Little Tokyo’s well-known trendy, women’s fashion boutique, has flourished and expanded as a mother-daughter brand. Co-owner and daughter, Jamie Hong, shares that her favorite part of managing Little Tokyo’s ultimate women’s clothing & accessories boutique is working with family.

“I would say the most rewarding part of working together with my mother on this business is that we consistently have the interest of our family and our customers’ livelihood in mind,” said Hong. “In this way, combining both of our heads together has been most effective in sustaining Hob Nob’s viability, but also combining our hearts too. It’s something very special that we get to share together.

Stop by The Hob Nob Shop in May to receive an in-store exclusive discount, 20%off all Ray Ban style sunglasses. Then, continue the memory-making in Little Tokyo and enjoy one of Jamie Hong’s favorite treats, “I love grabbing some Matcha Taiyaki with my mom after a long day at the boutique!”

Kick off your Little Tokyo visit with Baldoria’s Mother’s Day brunch! Satisfy your palette with a delicious prix-fixed brunch menu for just $32 per person featuring bottomless mimosas or rosé. All mothers will be gifted a complimentary glass of wine or ricotta cheesecake.

Pamper the special women in our life with the latest in nail art, lash extensions,and skin care at Little Tokyo’s very own Nail Service. Located off First Street, Nail Service provides quality service andlong-lasting results with its certified organic and natural ingredients of herbs, citruses and essential oils. Give the gift of relaxation with a 45-minute Relaxer Facial for just $50, or indulge in one of the mani-pedi packages with an added 10-minute massage (prices vary). Makeher visit to Nail Service one to remember with a mother-daughter day! Indulge in one of the many spa services, including a kid’s service menu offering hand polish for just $5 and little feet polish for $6.

Spoil mom this Mother’s day with a visit to Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist, for an exquisite, custom-made, fresh floral arrangement. Located in the heart of Little Tokyo, Kuragami, offers seasonal blooms and popularselects including carnations, lilies, roses, tulips, and more. Order your custom flower arrangement today, or invite the special woman in your life to hand-pick her favorite blooms herself for a truly vivid, floral experience.

Go Little Tokyo offers an array of opportunities to celebrate Mother’s Day and experience the wonders of Little Tokyo. To uncover more details on The Hob Nob Shop, delicious dining destinations, exciting entertainment and desserts offered in Little Tokyo visit golittletokyo.com.

 

Credit: GO LITTLE TOKYO

Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. Designated by the California Arts Council as a California Culture District, there is an abundance of arts, culture and community destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood, and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro. For more information, visit: www.golittletokyo.com.

BACK BAY BISTRO HOSTS

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 9AM – 3PM

 

Indulge in Signature Breakfast Dishes, Live Food Stations and Bottomless Champagne and Mimosas.

BACK BAY BISTRO HOSTS

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 9AM – 3PM

 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with a gourmet brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas and an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Sunday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MAY. 13 BRUNCH MENU DETAILS:

 Seafood Station

Ahi Poke, Shrimp Cocktail, Ceviche, Oysters in a Half Shell, and Chilled King Crab Legs with Cocktail Sauce, Lemon, and Tabasco

Cooked to Order Omelets

Omelet or Whole Eggs Made to Order with: Country Ham, Sausage, Bacon and Bay Shrimp, Assorted Cheeses, Diced Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach, Fresh Cut Peppers, and Salsa

 Smoked Fish Station

Gravlax, Scallops, Trout, Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce, Sliced Red Onions, Capers, Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomatoes, and Toasted Bagels

Pancake Station

With Maple Syrup, Butter, Whipped Cream, Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries

 Risotto Station

Mushroom Risotto served with Shrimp Scampi and Rib Stew

Hot Off the Skillet

Smoked Bacon, Sausage, Sliced Ham Steak, Breakfast Potatoes, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Blintzes, Baby Spring Vegetables, Salmon with Grand Marnier Soy Sauce, Chicken Scaloppini with Citrus Caper Wine Sauce, Beef Sliders, Chicken Fingers and Tater Tots for the Kids

Antipasti Display

Prosciutto, Salami, Capicola, Soppressata, Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Cipollini Onions, Assorted Mustards, Marinated Artichokes, Olives, Gherkins, and Cherry Peppers, Balsamic Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, Gooseneck Squash, and Portobello Mushrooms

Carving Station

Filet of Beef with Green Peppercorn Sauce and Roasted Turkey

Salad Bar, Composed Salads and Fresh Fruit

Heirloom Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella, Roasted Cauliflower, Israeli Couscous, Brussel Sprout Salad with Virgin Olive Oil Vinaigrette, Spring Pea Point Reyes and Bacon, Summer Beet Salad

Dessert Display

Fruit Tartlets, Éclairs, Tiramisu, Cheese Cake Squares, Assorted Bundtinis, Chocolate Fountain with Marshmallows, Strawberries, Oreos, Vanilla Wafers, and Rice Crispy Treats

 WHEN:

Sunday, May 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

 WHERE:

Back Bay Bistro

1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

 PRICE:

$75 for adults (includes bottomless Champagne and Mimosas)

$35 for children 12 years and under

 RESERVATIONS AND CONTACT:

949.729.1144, NewportDunes.com/bistro

Credit: Back Bay Bistro.

Coming soon! The One and Only KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp June, July and August in 8 Cities Nationwide Tweens and teens watch and critique films, interview celebrities as entertainment reporters at KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camps where learning and fun are one!

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp is coming to eight cities this summer, enabling kids to learn how to become entertainment reporters after spending a week practicing their on- and off-camera skills. Taught by leading producers, directors and filmmakers, children ages 11 to 17 truly have the opportunity of a lifetime in this unique star-making program. Beginning in Denver June 4-8, the camp then travels to Miami, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Old Bridge (NJ), Seattle, Los Angeles and New York City.

My eldest son, Rohan participated in the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp in 2016 and has been a part of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics national  team since. It has been amazing watching his confidence grow over the last two years. His teachers have also noticed a huge improvement in his writing ability. He attended the advanced camp in 2017 and learned a lot about video editing and improved his interviewing skills. Jennifer Foxe, New York City

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp is designed to offer young people the opportunity to learn the skills they need to critique and review films, present their reviews on-camera and interview celebrities. “Children will learn a variety of behind-the-scenes film industry skills as they watch and critique the latest films, write reviews, develop on-camera reporting and interviewing techniques and meet working film critics, celebrities, directors and producers of some of their favorite films,” said Ranny Levy, KIDS FIRST! Founder and President.

“It made me improve my vocabulary and write even more because I didn’t use to like writing,” said Angel David Gonzales who participated in the 2017 camp in Brooklyn, NY last summer. The normally shy Gonzalez’s teacher, Madeline Rodriguez commented that participating in the camp boosted his confidence as well.  “It’s really nice to see him open up from his shell, to really embrace this experience and opportunity,” she said.

Following the camp, campers will have the opportunity to join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team of reporters.

Reviews by KIDS FIRST! Film Critics reach more than seven million viewers every month through affiliations with broadcast, print and online publications including Huffington Post, Kidzworld.com, GRAND Magazine, Kidsville News, Working Woman and many more. Take a look at  ABC News Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon’s story on one of our previous camps:  https://7ny.tv/2KvqYMt

 KIDS FIRST! FIRM CRITICS BOOT CAMP DETAILS:

June 4 – 8: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206

June 18 – 22: Miami, FL ImaginaUS, 7291 NW 74th St., Miami, FL 33166

July 9 – 14: KiDz HuB National Headquarters, 2685 County Rd 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

July 13 – 15: Young Media Critics, 225 E. City Line Ave, Suite 16, Bala Cynwyd, PA 

July 23 – 27: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

July 30 – Aug. 3: Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98118

Aug. 6 – 10: New York City, location tba

Aug. 10 – 12: IN3, 2301 D Georgia Ave., NW, Washington DC 20011

Learn more and register at:  http://www.kidsfirst.org/become-a-juror/2018.BootCamp.html

Check out our coverage by Sandy Kenyon, Entertainment Reporter for ABC Eyewitness News of 2017 New York City camp.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

Tips on How to Help Your Kids Adjust to a Big Move

Moving is what you make of it. It could be because you can no longer afford your dream house and need to down-size, or it could be to move to a better location. What matters when you move is your outlook, and this is especially true when you have children with you. Children look to you for how they feel, and if you appear stressed or upset with the move, they will copy your behavior immediately. This is true of young children and older children alike, though the older they are, the more attached they will be to their old home, their friends, and their way of life.

Moving is a big deal, and it can be huge for children if it’s their first time, which is why you should follow this guide so that you can help your kids adjust and enjoy the experience:

 

Don’t Hide It

There are many ways you can build up to telling your children that you need to move. You can start with pointing out all of the flaws in your home. How it doesn’t have enough space or it doesn’t have a backyard. The more you point out these flaws and then daydream about a better property that fixes those solutions, the better. Done right you can get your kids excited for the move long before they even know it is happening.

 

Once you feel that it is time to begin your house hunt, tell them immediately. Make it an exciting adventure – a new life in a new home that will be better than their old one. This applies whether you are getting a bigger home or down-sizing, so long as you make it seem like a positive experience.

 

Tips on House Hunting

Young children can become very distracting during property viewings, and if you spend all your time watching them instead of looking at the house, you will have a harder time deciding which one is right for you. Instead, let your parents babysit for a day and view the properties by yourselves first. Then come back to your top three choices or top choice with your children to show them around and see what they think of your new place. It doesn’t matter if you have made up your mind already or not, getting their opinion before you buy it will be a huge step towards making them excited for the big move.

 

To help get green-light verdict, go through your top choices and encourage your kids to imagine their lives there. Where will their toys go? Which way will their bed be facing? If your kids can imagine their lives and are excited, you’ve done your part.

 

Make Their New Home Familiar

If you live close enough to easily drive to your new home, make use of it. Take your kids to explore their new neighborhood and even sign them up for local organizations. Do this, and your move won’t be to a new place, but to somewhere they already have friends and memories. The extra effort it takes to drive the distance will be so worth it when your children already have friends to hang out with the day they move in.

 

Take the Stress Out of Moving Day

Moving can be very stressful, and if your children see your stress and frustration, they can mimic that behavior and make things worse. Rather than sour their first experience in their new home, take the stress out of moving. Suddath movers in San Francisco can take care of all your moving needs, including packing. This gives you the time to take your kids to your new property early so explore their new neighborhood before everything comes in.

 

Make their first day in their new home a fun experience. Be together as a family and show them that things will only be better from here on out. Order in a pizza, watch a movie, play tag around your home and whatever else your family loves doing.

 

Moving can be a great experience for the whole family, if done right. Include your children as much as possible, and do your best to be positive and optimistic for them. The more excited you are, and the more you help them imagine what their new lives will be like, the more excited your children will be. Enroll your kids in local organizations before you move, and you can make your new place feel like home before they even move in.

 

Rancho Days Fiesta Returns to Heritage Hill Historic Park May 5th Explore the rich history of Orange County’s Ranchos and Native American cultures with activities, performances, and historical tours

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to experience the 22nd Annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park on Saturday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Travel back in time to explore Orange County’s rancho era, and enjoy activities, music, dance, and more in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Rancho Days Fiesta will feature a variety activities, exhibitors, and vibrant performances and demonstrations for all ages. Gather the family for a day of hands-on fun including piñata breaking, butter churning, and candle dipping. The celebration will also feature Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations, along with Native American and Folklorico dancing.

Historic buildings including the Serrano Adobe, El Toro Grammar School, the Harvey Bennett Ranch and St. George’s Episcopal Mission will be open and available for tours, courtesy of Amigo de la Colina docents.

“Visitors of all ages can explore California’s history during Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Park. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a day of educational and fun activities, and watch vibrant performances that represent Orange County’s Rancho era.” Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, said.

Heritage Hill Historical Park preserves some of Orange County’s rich cultural heritage and represents distinct eras in the early development of Saddleback Valley and the town of El Toro. Experience the rancho era with OC Parks during Rancho Days Fiesta! Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and over, no cost for parking.

May 5 – Rancho Days Fiesta 

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Event Cost: $5 per person ages 3 and up

Parking: Free

Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage

Contact: (949) 923-2230

Credit: OC Parks.