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HEALTH
December 26, 2011 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When your 3-year-old is throwing a tantrum in the middle of the supermarket or has poured his milk all over the floor, the urge to spank may be overwhelming. If you've ever given in to that urge, you're not alone - research shows that up to 90% of parents spank their children, at least occasionally. But does it work? And more importantly, is it harmful to kids? Once considered a fairly standard parenting practice, spanking is now opposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Assn.
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NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Susan Denley
First Lady Michelle Obama wore an outfit from Sophie Theallet's spring 2014 collection when she hosted a passel of kids at the White House on Thursday for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day . Her ensemble included Theallet's thistle jacquard cardigan in sunset red with leather and chiffon skirt in bordeaux, the designer said via news release. Prince George, 9-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has already become a style trendsetter, writes John Koblin in the New York Times . The little prince and his parents ended their almost three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, taking off from an airport in Canberra, Australia's capital, on Friday to begin their return trip to England.
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HOME & GARDEN
June 11, 2010 | By Lisa Boone, Times Staff Writer
When I signed up my 8-year-old son to play flag football recently, I encountered a startling statistic: 70% of kids quit youth sports by the time they are 14. When the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance came to this conclusion in 2005, it cited coaching and parents as the reasons. What it doesn't mention is how agonizing it can be for parents when a child says, "I don't want to do this anymore." The issue of kids quitting — music lessons, summer camp, sports — has long been tough on parents.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
What kid (or even a parent or grandparent) wouldn't want to attend gladiator school, learn how to make gelato and craft their own Carnival mask? All these activities and more are part of an 11-day family adventure, designed for children ages 8 and older, offered by Perillo's Learning Journeys and Smithsonian Journeys. The tour begins with an exploration of Venice and a glass-making factory on the island of Murano. Then it's on to Modena and the new museum dedicated to Enzo Ferrari, and to Maranello, home of the Galleria Ferrari museum, Ferrari factory and test track.
HEALTH
April 11, 2011 | By Valerie Ulene, Special to the Los Angeles Times
My parents had it pretty easy with me when I was a teenager. I was a bit of a nerd. I earned straight A's in school, ran for student government and spent much of my free time watching reruns of "Little House on the Prairie. " And they had little to complain about when it came to my friends — most of them were as straight as I was. My mom and dad considered them a positive influence. Many parents aren't nearly this lucky. Their teens run with kids who prefer partying to homework or fistfights to team sports.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
[ For the record, 1:10 p.m. June 1 : A report in the Knoxville News-Sentinel has found that some details in this post are incorrect. Hatchett has 24 children, not 30. And he was not in court in May to ask for a reduction in child-support payments; he has not been in court since 2009, a Tennessee judge told the News-Sentinel.] You have to say this much for Desmond Hatchett: He has a way with the ladies. The 33-year-old Knoxville, Tenn., resident has reportedly set a Knox County record for his ability to reproduce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Dianne de Guzman
It would be easy to take the cynical route with this photo and wag our fingers at these boys. We could talk about how there's a drought in California (there is), how we shouldn't have lawns (we know) or how we shouldn't play with water hoses (double no-no), but ... this scene is still pure magic. Rachelle Mendez took her boys outdoors to take some photos of them during the  "golden hour" - that oh-so-magical time of day sacred to photographers who are fanatic about natural lighting - when, "next thing I know," Mendez wrote, "my 2-year-old son had the gardenhose and my 4-year-old son was happily running through it like it was the middle of summer.
OPINION
February 6, 2013
Re "Mother target of past abuse probes," Feb. 1 If it weren't for The Times, I doubt if stories such as this one about a mother who is accused of torturing her children would ever be known to the public at large. I depend on The Times for this outstanding journalism. It is heart-wrenching to think that children already traumatized by being moved from place to place would be so let down by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. To then learn that neighbors twice reported that the mother was abusing her two biological children and that both times social workers concluded the reports were unfounded is just too much to bear.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2010
'The Kids Are All Right' MPAA rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes Playing: ArcLight Hollywood
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Sunscreens should be used regularly by people of all ages to prevent skin cancer, including the most dangerous form of cancer linked to sunburns: melanoma. However, a new study shows that kids are really bad about using sunscreen consistently. Researchers studied fifth-grade children in Massachusetts in 2004 and then re-surveyed the same 360 children three years later. In the first survey, more than half of the kids said they had experienced at least one sunburn, and this rate did not change three years later.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Susan Denley
At the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, the focus was on health, not chocolate, with exercise stations and healthy eating tips thanks to fitness-focused First Lady Michelle Obama. She even got the president, in shirtsleeves and khakis, to dunk some basketballs and play doubles tennis with the kids. [Los Angeles Times] Advocates for ethical fashion, including green clothing activist Livia Firth, are preparing for the first Fashion Revolution Day to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh on April 24. When the garment factory collapsed, more than 1,000 workers were killed, more than 2,500 injured.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Is the world ready for kid-sized Kate Spade cardigans and jaunty Jack Spade jackets for Junior?  We're not sure those particular pieces will be in the merchandise mix when the GapKids collaboration with the Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade brands hits retail in November  -- since no descriptions or images accompanied Wednesday's announcement of the coming limited-edition collection. Childrenswear will be a new category for the pair of Spades (the women's line, Kate Spade New York,  started with handbags in 1993, the Jack Spade men's brand followed with satchel and carry-alls three years later; both now include full apparel and accessories collections)
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | By Jessica Folsom, guest blogger
I can't make it through a day without hearing about the jobs crisis. I hear it from my father, because how could anyone majoring in international studies make it in this job market? I hear it from my accounting professor at UC San Diego, who shamelessly attempts to convert us all into accountants willing to work ridiculous hours for somewhat decent pay. And I hear it from the news, telling us it's among the worst unemployment crises we've had. But we've already done everything we can: Interest rates are near zero and the government has tried various stimulus programs as well as provided unemployment benefits for those who are desperately searching, only to find a dried-up job pool.
OPINION
April 12, 2014 | Scott Martelle
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. The book was called "The Royal Road to Romance," and to a pre-adolescent boy with a fear of anything girlish, it sounded an awful lot like a bodice-ripper.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife and mother of his first two children, is engaged to be married again.  Rowe has said "I will" to Marc Schaffel, TMZ reports, three weeks after he proposed. She'd initially declined, the site said Thursday, because she thought she had terminal cancer. After finding out Wednesday that her diagnosis was actually the auto-immune disease sarcoidosis, she changed her mind. No wedding date has been set yet, she said. The 55-year-old Palmdale resident met Schaffel when he was working for Jackson, according to ABC News , and their friendly relationship evolved over time.
OPINION
April 11, 2014 | By danah boyd
If you're like most middle-class parents, you've probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her Instagram feed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against technology and start unfavorably comparing your children's lives to your less-wired childhood, ask yourself this: Do you let your 10-year-old roam the neighborhood on her bicycle as long as she's back by dinner? Are you comfortable, for hours at a time, not knowing your teenager's exact whereabouts?
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
“You need to get them out there young. My son was on the Appalachian Trail at 8 weeks old,” says author and hiking expert Jeff Alt, who has hiked the 2,160-mile trail. His new book: "Get Your Kids Hiking" provides tips on gear and motivation to help families with kids of all ages get outside to hike.  “We hiked the Natural Bridge in Kentucky when my daughter was 10 weeks old.  We didn't stop traveling because of our kids, we just added some more gear.  We carried my daughter with us across Ireland when she was 21 months old. Every day, we were walking along the coast, having lunch on a castle lawn.  The quality time that you spend together is priceless.  Each phase of a child's life is so short, and you're teaching them a healthy habit that will last their entire life,” Alt says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Seven-year-old Hannah Thome munched on a chocolate cookie after getting home from cheerleading camp last week and mulled the question, brow furrowing over her wide blue eyes. Did she want to be older? "No," the Tustin youngster concluded. "I like being a kid. You get to do more things. " Her mother remembers Tom Hanks wishing for adulthood in the 1988 film "Big" and remembers wishing for the same. But childhood has changed a lot since then. And that might be changing how kids think about it. Kids today are increasingly likely to say they like being kids, a survey shows.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | Michelle Maltais
When it comes to the home front, what's old is new again. More moms are staying at home with their kids today, according to new analysis of government data by the Pew Research Center. This is a reversal of a three-decades long decline in the last century in the number of "stay-at-home" moms.  As Walter Hamilton writes, that while the continuing steady increase in home-based mothers is driven partly by the desire to focus on children, those on the lower financial rungs have felt the impact of a rough economy as they try to return to the work force.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Robert Greene
The documentary " Kids for Cash " breezed in and out of Los Angeles so quickly last month that there was little buzz (far too little) about just what the real crime was that the film depicted. That's a shame, because it's such an important story. Fortunately, the film now is set to be screened in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in a program hosted by Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.), and later this month and next at spots around Southern California.
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