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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."
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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.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Simple question: How much of a weekly allowance do you give your kids? According to a survey from the American Institute of CPAs , which presumably knows a thing or two about how we use our money, the average allowance these days is $15. Seriously. Fifteen bucks. And as if that wasn't an eye-opening enough number, the CPAs also say that kids aren't even saving their cash. They tend to spend it as quickly as they receive it. "These findings make clear that it can pay to be a kid," says Jordan Amin, chair of the institute's National CPA Financial Literacy Commission.
SCIENCE
February 10, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Our kids may be consuming more caffeine than we realize. A new study finds that 73% of children and young adults in the United States have caffeine in their systems on any given day. Over the last 10 years, the overall percentage of children and young adults aged 2 to 22 who ingest caffeine has stayed the same, but the way they get that caffeine has changed, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Among kids, soda consumption is down, and coffee consumption is up. In 2000, 62% of young caffeine consumers got their caffeine jolt through soda.
TRAVEL
April 28, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
CARLSBAD, Calif. - The Legoland Hotel, which opened April 5, got plenty of little things wrong in its first weeks. But its designers got one thing enormously right, and that will make this place a screaming success: kid-centricity. "The dragon is made out of Legos!" my daughter, Grace, who is about to turn 9, said as we approached the hotel entrance a week after the opening. Inside the lobby, Grace; my wife, Mary Frances; and I found a faux fountain, a play pit full of little plastic bricks and dozens of deeply absorbed children who were collaborating on a rainbow-hued monolith, constructing pretend weapons, hollering, whispering, running, jumping and dragging their parents from one discovery to the next.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
The storm rages over Scientology and Tom Cruise, as a Vanity Fair article makes further allegations that the religion and its star frontman alienated Cruise's kids from their adoptive mother, Nicole Kidman. A much-discussed October cover story from the magazine claims that in the wake of Cruise and Kidman's 2001 split, the church held auditions seeking a replacement bride for the "Top Gun" actor, and further more marked his ex Kidman as a detractor. A "suppressive person," as the organization calls it, is an "antisocial" personality with a goal to block the mission of Scientology.
NEWS
December 24, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Here's a holiday classic likely going on in your house right now: Johnny is misbehaving, Mommy is having none of it, Mommy tells Johnny that she's going to tell Santa on him right now . Jen Weigel of the Chicago Tribune writes in this story how it recently played out for her: "Getting my son to be motivated for school in the morning is always a challenge. (He's only 4, so I cringe at my future.) But the other morning, he gave me so much trouble that I did what any mother would do when pressed for time and patience: I played the Santa card.
TRAVEL
May 20, 2007 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Amsterdam When considering Amsterdam, its famous red-light district and the coffee shops where cannabis is smoked, you may assume it's less than an ideal city to visit with young children. But you would be wrong. On a visit here last summer with Danny, 8, and Fiona, 6, we had a few, um, educational moments. Fiona wanted to know why all the women in the windows looked "like they were getting ready for a party. " (I guess because they were wearing lipstick and underwear and that's all.)
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