Kid Stuff


Parenting the Average Child

Parenting the Average Child

In the era of the Superkid, it can be a lonely road parenting an average child. When you hear other parents talk, it seems like every other child but yours (and mine!) is an academically gifted, award-winning pianist who started a foundation for rescue dogs while averaging 17 points a game as a power forward. [...]

A Bus Ride, a Play & a Thank You Note

A Bus Ride, a Play & a Thank You Note

Dateline: Alhambra, 10/5/10 Twenty-seven students and three teachers headed to the Mark Taper Forum to see a Young Audience Program of The Glass Menagerie. Beforehand I must confess I sweated out the roll-taking, the body-counting, and the alphabetical lineup to the bus. But hadn’t the kids signed my homemade Pledge of Conduct, agreeing to sit [...]

Young Jazz Quartet for ArtNight

Young Jazz Quartet for ArtNight

As part of ArtNight in Pasadena, a remarkable quartet of young musicians who call themselves Solstice will be performing at a free concert in Old Pasadena early Saturday evening. (We know, ArtNight is a Friday-night event, but this fall it seems to have expanded to meander over three days.) The kids are all students at [...]

Etiquette: Job #1

Etiquette: Job #1

As a Mother of Boys — or a MOB — I feel like I have a duty to prepare my sons to take their place in society someday as informed citizens, productive employees, and really excellent dates. While teaching them about voting and completing chores may seem more important than, say, the art of small talk, [...]

To Clean or Not to Clean? I Don’t Really Care

To Clean or Not to Clean? I Don’t Really Care

I am hiding upstairs in my office while my husband supervises the boys in the now-ritualistic Back-in-School Room Clean-up. Today is the day the boys finally “get organized” for school, removing all Legos, Nerf guns and tools from the surface of their desks to make room for Serious Studying. Yes, my older son has been [...]

Labor Day Fun at Descanso Gardens

Labor Day Fun at Descanso Gardens

Speaking as a former child, there’s not usually a whole lot for kids to do at botanical gardens: walk around, look at plants, be shooed off the grass. Descanso Gardens, with its regular kid-focused events and that enchanted railroad, does a fine job of not being a bore for young people. This good work continues [...]

Chaos Chronicles: Back-to-School Edition

Chaos Chronicles: Back-to-School Edition

A Chaotic school drop-off this morning — forgotten books, homework, mandatory shirt and tie! — signaling that school really is back in session. even if my family isn’t really back in session yet! We will get it together by next Monday. How are you managing the transition from summer to school?

Maybe some of the items on this Ten Things to Like: Back-to-School Edition will help you get back in gear….

Kid’s Night at Levitt Pavilion: Debi Derryberry

Kid’s Night at Levitt Pavilion: Debi Derryberry

It’s the last week of Levitt’s free summer concert series, which means it’s the last weekly Wednesday Children’s Night. We’ve seen all sorts of acts this summer, and we’ll see just one more: Raffi! No, just kidding, it’s not Raffi. Like the title says, it’s Debi Derryberry, who, in addition to being a children’s entertainer, [...]

Freshman Orientation for Parents

Freshman Orientation for Parents

As our baby gets ready to start her last year of high school next week, we’ve got back-to-school on the brain. You probably do, too. So herewith our neighbor Lian Dolan (author of the upcoming novel Helen of Pasadena) writing from her year-long vantage point as a high-school parent for Oprah.com: When my son started [...]

Kid’s Night at Levitt Pavilion: Rocknoceros

Kid’s Night at Levitt Pavilion: Rocknoceros

One night a week of Levitt Pavilion’s free summer concert series is devoted to the little ones who walk amongst us—children. We’ll be spotlighting these weekly offerings in this space all summer long, so keep your eyes peeled—you never know where the next Raffi might come from. In addition to having a cool name, Rocknoceros [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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