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October 8, 1995 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Growing up in Ventura County really can make a difference. Parental involvement and other factors being equal, authorities on child development say places such as Ventura County--with built-in advantages of good schools, safe cities and relative affluence--are more likely to produce good kids who know the difference between right and wrong and who have a positive sense of self-worth. "It makes a big difference what kind of place a kid is raised in," said Barbara T.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 1991 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The format is familiar: an expert dispensing advice while earnest audience members pour out their problems. Only this time, the issue at hand is not alcoholism, spousal abuse or even sex--not directly, anyway. "Is my 1-year-old ready for books?" a bespectacled father asks with almost overwhelming sincerity.
NEWS
July 10, 1992 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I don't have to learn to swim," the truculent 5-year-old declares in the locker room after a lesson with his coach. "Yes, you do have to," his impatient mother replies. "You want to go to Uncle Walter's on the lake this summer, don't you? And hurry up." "Why do we have to hurry?" "Because you have to get to computer class." Parents everywhere can empathize with a mother expressing exasperation at the dawdling of a child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2000 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After enduring months of criticism for moving too slowly, the county commission charged with distributing $11.7 million a year in cigarette tax revenues to help Ventura County children has chosen its first recipients. They range from established nonprofit programs to small day-care centers. The 25 grants made Thursday total $650,000. They include $6,300 for a program to give Ojai preschoolers play time with nursing home residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Experts on family law and child development on Friday overwhelmingly criticized a judge's ruling that gave a surrogate mother and biological father joint custody of a 16-month-old girl conceived through artificial insemination. "The judge can't be serious," said James B. Boskey, a family law professor at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, N.J. "I don't see how this could possibly be healthy for the child. This is precedent-setting in a very dangerous way."
NEWS
November 6, 1985 | JOHN DREYFUSS, Times Staff Writer
Clark's mother was so tense that her hands shook as she approached Louise Derman-Sparks to ask a question about her 2-year-old son. The boy is enrolled in the nationally respected children's school of Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, and Derman-Sparks teaches there. "Clark's mother told me the following story," said Derman-Sparks, who has written extensively on early childhood education. "She was washing Clark's hair, and when she finished he said, 'Now my hair is white.'
NEWS
July 3, 2000 | LAURA SESSIONS STEPP, WASHINGTON POST
The "new" involved father may diaper his daughter in infancy and coach her in soccer once she starts school. But when she enters puberty, he's outta there, either because he has left home or lost heart. That, at least, is the story of many dads and daughters, according to counselors, fathering experts and young women themselves. "Girls go from being Daddy's little girl to not a part of Daddy anymore," said 19-year-old Sara Shandler.
NEWS
June 24, 1993
The Glendale Community College Child Development Center and instruction program and the Caltech/JPL Child Educational Center in La Canada Flintridge have received a grant of $150,000 from the California Department of Education and Child Development to develop and implement a statewide health and safety training program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1990 | ALFIE KOHN, Alfie Kohn is the author, most recently, of The Brighter Side of Human Nature: Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life, to be published next month. He lives in Cambridge, Mass.
There are people who maintain that just from knowing whether someone is a first-, middle- or last-born child, they can predict that individual's personality and intelligence. But then there are also people who take horoscopes seriously. "Birth order really doesn't explain a whole lot," said Toni Falbo, an educational psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin, who has been studying the subject for 15 years. "But people like it. It's much like astrology.
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