CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1995 |
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.
December 27, 1991 |
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.
July 10, 1992 |
"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 |
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.
November 16, 1997 |
Ashley Bryan lies down on the dirty carpet of her dad's bedroom where she usually sleeps. The 10-year-old girl closes her eyes, clasps her hands and raises them to her lips. Firmly, fervently, she prays. She wishes not for a bike or Barbie like most kids her age, or to become a doctor or firefighter some day. Every night, Ashley asks for something she believes only God can deliver. She prays for a new father.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1991 |
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."
October 1, 1998 |
Movie director Rob Reiner is in his element even though he's out of his element, sitting front and center at a state hearing, preaching in a booming voice about nurturing children from conception to kindergarten. Such stimulation "is vitamins, it is food, it is nutrition for the brain," bellows the man best known for his role as Archie Bunker's "Meathead" son-in-law.
September 17, 2001 |
In ultrasounds of pregnant women's wombs, fetuses can be seen touching their genitals. When babies develop manual dexterity and are free of diapers, they explore every part of their body--including the genitals. At first, such touching is random, then it becomes more purposeful as children learn that it feels good. Self-pleasure or masturbation is the developmentally normal, though generally unheralded, outcome.
March 12, 2007 |
Girls seem to be growing up faster these days, and not just because they dress to show more skin. Compared with their mothers, they actually have more skin to show -- and that added fat seems to be altering their rate of development. Pediatric experts had noticed that girls appeared to be developing breasts (the first outward sign of puberty) at earlier ages -- and that they tended to gain weight around puberty. But no one knew which came first: earlier development or weight gain.
November 26, 1987 |
Maranda Francisco stands at the center of a crowded conference room. All eyes and all cameras are on the fidgety 6-year-old, from the tips of her light-brown curls to the toes of her new party shoes. For a few self-conscious seconds, she stares back. Then, with a throat-clearing giggle, on a single intake of breath: "Humpty-Dumpty-sat-on-a-wall," she whispers. "Humpty-Dumpty-had-a-great-fall."