Archives for April 8, 2019

Teaching Your Kids to be Safe Out the House

The kids will need to leave the nest, which is why overprotecting them can actually end up hurting them in the long run. You need to let go of your need to keep them close to keep them safe and instead give them all the tools they need to handle all kinds of emergencies on their own. Then, you need to trust them. Without that trust, it will be hard for them to gain the confidence they need to handle life’s problems on their own. You will always be there to support them, and you will always be their first call when they need help, but by following this guide, you can teach your kids how to be safe outside and what to do if there is an emergency.

Have Location Turned On

Most kids today will have a phone, and if they have a phone a good way to keep tabs on them is to have their location turned on. So long as you don’t pry into where they are, they should be fine with this, as it will help you know exactly where to find them if, say, they fell down off their bike and need you to pick them up.

Give Them Rules

When it comes to letting your kids out of the house on their own you need to give them strict rules so that they can learn to follow them. For example, one rule could be to always home before dinner, which is at a set time every day. If they are not back when you have asked, then restrict how much they can go out the next day. Consequences don’t need to be severe, but they do need to be consistent.

Trust Them

If you don’t trust them to take care of themselves, they won’t believe they can. Building up confidence is imperative during childhood, meaning as parents you need to teach them how to take care of themselves. You can then let them outside with the belief that they will take your words to heart.

Ensure They Know Their Neighborhood

Go on walks with them around their neighborhood so that they know all the streets and more importantly, always know how to get home.

Teach Them How to Respond in Emergencies

Teach them how to respond in emergencies by:

1.    Teaching Them First Aid

First aid is a great way to teach kids how dangerous injuries are, and how to minimize their damage. You yourself won’t be able to do this, so sign them up for a class when they are old enough.

2.    Teach Them What to Do

Drill them so that they know how to respond in emergencies, from calling 911, to what they should say, and so on.

3.    Let Them Know the Consequences

While you will be the one responsible for visiting to hire a personal injury lawyer so that your child can get as much compensation as possible to cover their medical bills and rehabilitation costs, that doesn’t mean they should be completely shielded from what could happen. Let them know the consequences, so they take their personal safety more seriously.

Children and teenagers need freedom to learn who they are and push their limits. It’s healthy and normal, but most do not want to get hurt. That’s why teaching them how to be responsible and what to do in an emergency can be the best thing you can do for them.

OPERATION SkillBridge™ – L.A. Launches Aboard Battleship IOWA Museum April 2019

TM – L.A., a field tested, community-based veteran reintegration program designed to offer unemployed, post 9/11 veterans living in Los Angeles County, workforce development training and related support. The first REBOOT WorkshopTM as part of OPERATION SkillBridgeTM will take place aboard the Battleship IOWA Museum in April 2019.

Research reveals that veterans suffering from service-connected mental and physical disabilities, which may be exacerbated by current circumstances, are best served through specialized reverse boot camp programs such as REBOOT WorkshopsTM, designed to enhance resiliency and combat issues resulting from the inability to transition from a military to civilian mindset. OPERATION SkillBridgeTM – L.A. is guided by a research-based curriculum with the overarching goals of empowering veterans to confidently enter the civilian workplace by gaining resiliency training, pre-employment job skills training and certifications, job matching, employer engagement, and on-going community support through participating veteran service organizations.

“Over 80% of transitioning military personnel are not fully prepared to reenter the job market,” said Battleship IOWA Museum President and CEO, Jonathan Williams. “This is an essential program that will reach unemployed and homeless veterans across the Los Angeles region who are in great need of assistance in order to make the transition from military service to civilian life.”

In OPERATION SkillBridgeTM – L.A., each workshop includes a 15-day course of progressive training, divided into three parts focused on personal, lifestyle, and career transitioning. Veteran facilitators will guide participants through a process that helps formulate individual career and life plans, followed by selecting certificated job training programs that will bolster their employability. Career job matching is based on course completion and on the veteran’s career Dynamic Natural Abilities (DNA).

Battleship IOWA Museum is located at 250 South Harbor Boulevard, Berth 87 in San Pedro. For more information on this program and mission visit and or call (877) 446-9261.


About Battleship IOWA

Entering service more than 70 years ago, the USS IOWA deployed to the South Pacific in the early years of World War II.  The iconic battleship served with distinction in that war and later, during the Korean War.  In the 1990s, as the Berlin Wall crumbled, the IOWA concluded her active duty.  Battleship IOWA now serves as a not-for-profit historic naval ship museum.  Forged in war and guardian of peace, the proud ship is the sentinel of the Los Angeles Waterfront. IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history, having carried upon them three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly, thousands of her own heroic IOWA sailors.  Visitors are awed by the IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Battleship IOWA Museum is open to the public daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information on special events, group tours, educational programs and Naval retirement flag service, visit


National Veterans Transition Services, Inc., a San Diego based 501 (c)(3) organization known as Reboot, is dedicated to assisting veterans in adjusting to civilian life and securing meaningful employment by combining evidence-based, best-practice performance techniques.  Reboot WorkshopsTM help veterans achieve their full potential and goals in the transition domains of employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing and community life functioning.  For more information, visit:

Popular California Neighbor Pass Returns to Universal Studios Hollywood Offering Guests Over 175 Days of Fun for $149

Starting this past March, Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular California Neighbor Pass returns, inviting guests to enjoy over 175 select days of fun for $149.

The California Neighbor Pass is a must-have for anyone looking to enjoy limitless entertainment exclusive to Universal Studios Hollywood, including the all-new “Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle” at “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” this April and the highly-anticipated “Jurassic World—The Ride” opening this summer, as well as the theme park’s many exciting thrill rides and attractions.

With lots of theme park neighborhoods to explore, the California Neighbor Pass allows guests to easily travel from Springfield and “The Simpsons Ride” to Gru’s house at the “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, from Hogsmeade village within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” to the Universal backlot sets aboard the world-famous Studio Tour.

The California Neighbor Pass enables guests to choose any day for their first visit and return to enjoy Universal Studios Hollywood for more than 175 days over nine months, including select weekends, for $149 when purchased online. Special discounts on general admission tickets for friends and family to the theme park along with the popular “Halloween Horror Nights” and special events are included in this season pass program. Additionally, pass members can enjoy sweepstakes opportunities and discounts at participating CityWalk locations.

More information about the California Neighbor Pass and other Annual Pass options, are available at Blackout dates and restrictions apply. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.


Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the highly-anticipated Summer opening of “Jurassic World—The Ride.” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.