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HEALTH
April 6, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If you're dealing with tired, sluggish kids who aren't able to listen or pay attention, try this quick mind-body trick. Called elephant ears, it is demonstrated here by Leah Kalish, founder of Move With Me Action Adventures, which specializes in yoga and movement education for kids. What it does The gentle massage around the outside of your ears stimulates the energy meridians in the body, Kalish says, waking up your senses, so you're less distracted and anxious and can hear and think more clearly.
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HOME & GARDEN
May 26, 2012 | By Jill Cargerman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
We're at Cirque du Soleil on the beach, amazed and giggling and holding hands. It's a children's wonderland. We're not children - my husband and I are in our 40s. But we're having the time of our lives, until we recognize a couple we know across the big top … also in their 40s, there with their small children and disapproving looks. We don't have children. We are conspicuously alone, in an altered state, and have been caught falling out of our seats with delight, popcorn spilled in our laps, tears streaming down our cheeks from the sheer joy of it all, not to mention tripping.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2009 | Juliette Funes
At age 6, Danny Rodriguez was waking up at 5 a.m. every weekend with his family to sell flowers at farmers markets throughout Oxnard and help other farmers sell their food. Now 13, he continues to help his field worker parents run the small business, which garners little income because of diminishing sales. "There are days when there's enough, and there are days when there aren't," his mother, Lilia, said. "But we have to keep fighting."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2010
Artist Nick Cave's colorful "soundsuits" can often elicit childlike wonder in adults, but they're a pretty great time for children too. At this workshop in Cave's craft, kids will trace their bodies in paper and fashion a soundsuit all their own. But when they try to wear it to school for a week straight, don't say you weren't warned. Fowler Museum, UCLA. 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. fowler.ucla.edu.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Ted Rall
California has become one of the first states to legally recognize more than two parents per child. But who's in charge?  ALSO: On letters from climate-change deniers Video: Cyclists and drivers can be road pals Olympia Snowe: This is no way to run a country Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Efforts to discourage overuse of antibiotics in kids have been successful -- but not successful enough, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Their study, which was published in the health agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that antibiotic prescribing rates for kids 14 and younger who had visited physician offices dropped 24% between 1993-94 and 2007-08, from 300 antibiotic courses to 229 antibiotics courses per 1,000 office visits.  Doctors prescribed antibiotics 26% less often for kids with sore throats, and 19% less often for kids with colds.
NEWS
December 13, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Sugary cereals may not be what kids really crave for breakfast, a new study says. Sounds wrong, doesn’t it? Yet the findings show that kids cut their sugar consumption at breakfast almost in half by eating low-sugar cereals. And what’s more: They liked the low-sugar cereals. The study published in Pediatrics on Monday let 91 students attending summer day camp choose between high-sugar or low-sugar cereals. They also were offered low-fat milk, orange juice, bananas, strawberries and sugar packets as part of their meal.
NEWS
June 25, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It’s a lap desk, an easel and a carry-all. It’s Crayola’s new Color Wonder Table Top Easel ($19.99) for tots. Unlatch and open the top of the lap desk, and it forms a pyramid with a finger-paint tray on the inside. The finger-paints show up in color only on the included paper, so spills won’t make a mess on other surfaces. The whole package measures 13 by 10 inches. Info: CrayolaStore.com , (866) 896-5445,
NEWS
January 3, 2011 | By Eryn Brown
Abuse of children and adolescents has often been described as a hidden problem.  For a number of reasons -- including fear of retaliation and other consequences among kids themselves, families' wishes to keep their business private and a belief that the authorities just don't care -- violent crimes against children are less likely to be reported than crimes against adults. This remains the case, researchers said Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine . But there's good news too: Violent incidents are significantly more likely to get reported today than they were in 1992.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The split-level house of American dreams and boomer memories probably has never been used so evocatively or been as central to a movie as it is in "The Playroom. " In the 1975-set coming-of-age drama - a kids'-eye view of adult malaise - that house is essentially a character, showcasing the generational disconnect through a cataclysmic night for one family. Directed by Julia Dyer from a script by her late sister, Gretchen Dyer, the film uses the upper-middle-class setting effectively, even as it resorts to heavy-handed symbolism and melodrama in its dour, mostly unforgiving portrait of parental dysfunction.
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