October 6, 1995 |
Which group would you believe? The Environmental Working Group and the National Campaign for Pesticide Policy Reform reported this summer on a survey showing that more than half of the name-brand baby foods in the country contained small amounts of pesticide residue that posed health risks to infants. Although the residue met government standards, the groups maintained that the standards need to be tightened.
July 9, 1995 |
Summer's just around the corner and a parent's thoughts gently drift toward . . . getting the kids out of the house as soon as possible. One good way is to introduce the cartoon-crazed critters to the joys of gardening. Explain that it is a chance to get dirty sans parental guidance while you pry their fingers off the couch and TV trays and shove them out the door.
June 6, 1994 |
Downey's California: --Everyone missed the most unique thing about Al Unser winning the Indy 500 in an auto made by Mercedes-Benz. The car came with factory air-conditioning, CD player, dual air bags, power sunroof, 24-hour free roadside assistance, adjustable power seats, beige leather interior, five-year, 50,000-mile limited warranty and the kind of sensational resale value you just don't see around Indy much any more. --Oh, and Unser leased it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1994 |
What do you think of an idea that would bring the family together, help prevent juvenile delinquency and crime, improve education, eliminate a good portion of welfare and help the economy by providing new jobs? It's very simple. Pay one parent to become active in our educational system by becoming a teacher's aide and becoming responsible for his or her child's homework. Family life has been destroyed because both parents have to work.
June 10, 1993 |
With millions of toy replica dinosaurs, games, books, candy and other licensed "Jurassic Park"-related products flooding the stores, many parents are likely to feel plenty of pressure this summer from young offspring clamoring to see the PG-13-rated film. So the big question is: Will "Jurassic Park" be dangerous to your child's mental health? Executives at MCA Inc.-owned Universal Pictures and director Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment Co.
October 4, 1992
Perhaps it is difficult for English, not having children herself, to realize that despite the best of parental guidance, the behavior of one's children can sometimes be a source of great anguish. That is possibly why she slammed the Reagans for what she presumed to be parental deficiencies in their children's conduct. While watching KCET's "The Kennedys," which documents both the triumphs and the personal failings of these men (and some of their offspring), one cannot imagine targeting their gracious and devoted mother, Rose Kennedy, to blame her for their shortcomings.
October 1, 1992 |
Psychologist Tom Prinz's decision to write a book on parenting was a little like the movie "Field of Dreams," about a farmer compelled by some greater power to build a baseball diamond. Prinz, a big fan of the movie, was struggling with a full caseload and a waiting list at his Ventura office when he, too, got the word. "God said: 'You need to write a book,' " he recalled recently in an interview.
July 25, 1992 |
Patt Hawkey of Brea was thrilled to have finally found a nice, PG movie for her 10-year-old daughter and a friend. They were watching "Housesitter" when all of a sudden Steve Martin started a love scene with goofy foreplay that led to the brink of even sillier sex in a fireplace. Uneasy, Hawkey resorted to a tactic used by many movie-going parents of the '90s. "I put my hand over my daughter and her friend's eyes," Hawkey said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1991
Our beautiful young people look to us for direction and example, and they yearn for family love, parental guidance and much encouragement. We dare not let them down and, yet, they are bombarded with advertising and communication on abortion, condoms. . . . Are we not telling our dear teen-agers that "if it feels good, do it," but be careful? Why not abstinence and waiting for the sanctity of holy matrimony? Planned Parenthood, which is one of the largest providers of abortion, is scheduled to open a clinic in the South Bay. We must restore protection and dignity to the precious unborn child, and we must promote prudence and prideful parenting and NOT promiscuity.