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Food & Drink | Bars/Restaurants/Venues

Where to Find the Best Pizza in LA

These 14 perfect pizza places please every palate in the family.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Discover the Very Best Kids Menus in LA

These date night worthy spots all have kids menus that go waaaay beyond bland burgers and mystery meat nuggets!

Family & Parenting | Kids

Camping Gear That Does Everything (Except Pitch the Tent)

We’ve rounded up 10 awesome items to help you make the most of your family’s summer adventures.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

3 Serious Struggles People Who Come From A Toxic Family Face Every Day

Coming from a toxic family can change your perception of the world around you, and usually not for the better. These 3 struggles are proof of that.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gym in Los Angeles

California's biggest indoor rock climbing gym just opened near LAX, and it’s the spot where kids can climb, hop and race to the top of walls

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

Is Your Relationship Codependent? What Exactly Does That Mean?

Like “self love” or “inner child,” the term “codependent” smacks of pop psychology psychobabble. To make matters worse, it’s become shorthand for a whole host of unhealthy behaviors. Bu

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

INFOGRAPHIC: The Science of Happy Families

Just because you're an adult now doesn't mean your relationships with Mom, Dad, and your siblings have gotten any less complex. There's fascinating research on our adult relationships, and we share it all, here.

Products & Services | Products & Services

Popular Breeds to Adopt as Family Dogs

Thousands of dogs in shelters all over the country need good homes. They deserve another chance since most of them are usually abandoned because their owners have grown tired of them or can no long…

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

Understanding Codependency

Codependency is associated with providing care for and rescuing others in order to quell feelings of inadequacy and shame and gain external approval and validation.

Science & Technology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development

Childhood adversity experienced between ages 0-11 associated with a smaller cerebellum.

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

Give Thanks: Adult Siblings Can Make Us Healthier And Happier

Sibling relationships are usually the longest-lived family ties, and most adults say they're close to their siblings. That closeness can shelter and sustain us through life's perils and joys.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Top Family Activities for all 50 States

Discover the ultimate list of what you need to do and see with kids in each state.

Miscellaneous | Potpourri

The False Childhood of Instagram - WSJ

Children’s book author Dan Paley writes that in the Instagram age sharing family photos too often involves feigning perfection.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

'To my daughter's drug dealer': A distraught mother's viral Facebook post

Tina Louden's honest, raw confession is just the latest in a string of online posts and even death announcements that have dared to talk about topics long-held as taboos: addiction, drugs, mental illness.

Health & Fitness | News Items

Rachel Yehuda Discusses How Trauma Can Affect Our DNA

The James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx is one of those out-of-the-way places where America warehouses the casualties of its wars. It’s a functional place, surrounded by a high fence, that looks like a cross between an urban com

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are

by Mark Wolynn Traumas Lost and Found The past is never dead. It’s not even past. — William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to...

Family & Parenting | Kids

From Malibu to the South Bay: The 10 Best Beaches for Kids

These LA area beaches, where beauty and convenience meet, earn top marks from parents of little beach bums.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Make a Splash at SoCal’s Great Wolf Lodge

Get ready to make a splash at Southern California's newest theme park for family fun.

Family & Parenting | Parenting and Kids

Where's the Magic in Family Dinner?

Regular meals serve as an easily measured proxy for one of longest-standing and sturdiest determinants of adolescent well-being: authoritative parenting.

Travel | Travel Destinations?

Dad Suggests Arriving At Airport 14 Hours Early

CARLISLE, MA—Planning for his family’s Saturday evening flight to Florida, local dad Walter Holbrook suggested arriving at the airport at least 14 hours early, sources confirmed.

Pets & Animals | Pets & Animals

Family Brings Home Puppy to Die With Love, But She Surprises Them All

“She couldn’t walk, and she had distemper, and I thought we were just bringing her out to die, basically, in peace, but she proved us wrong.” Read more

Family & Parenting | Parenting and Kids

The Family Footsteps We Follow

The glory of a close family is that you never lack for cheerleaders, enveloping you in support. The flip side is that you never lack for judges, weighing you down with expectations.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

A Slow-Motion Demise, a Fast-Forward Repair

As her own marriage crumbles, a sister plays matchmaker for her divorced younger brother.

Family & Parenting | Kids

11 Terrific Mealtime Tools for Toddlers

We've got 11 great gadgets to help make toddler mealtime (we hope!) a breeze.

Family & Parenting | Kids

The Best Hot (And Cold!) Chocolates for Cocoa Lovin’ Kids

Here are the very best decadent drink emporiums in town that will delight your kids whether the weather is frightful or delightful.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Sneak Peek: Harry Potter’s Wizarding World Hits Hollywood

Don your robes, have wands at the ready and get ready to enter a magical world. Get a sneek peek at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hollywood!

Family & Parenting | Kids

Great Eateries That Come With a Side of Entertainment for Kids

Are you ready for a meal where you can actually taste your food, not just dine and dash? Sounds like you need one of our favorite spots, where kid sized fun comes with the meal.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Soups On! 7 Slurp-Worthy LA Spots

When winter's chill rattles your bones, warm up with some of the best soups in town that no kid can resist.

Health & Fitness | Health News

The Family Relationship That Could Be Most Responsible For Your Emotional Life - PsyBlog

The ‘corticolimbic system’ plays an important role in mood disorders, such as depression.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Carnival in the City: Mardi Gras Fun for L.A. Families

Slip on a pair of yoga pants (the only elastic waist you’d be caught dead in, amiright?) and eat and party your way through Fat Tuesday, family-style.

Recipes | In The Crock Pot

The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken - Family Fresh Meals

This is going to be the easiest BBQ chicken you have ever made. I'm not joking! Nothing beats the flavor. This is The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken recipe ever!

Family & Parenting | Kids

Secret Tips for Exploring Disney World This Year

Arguably, one of the best family-friendly places to vacation is Walt Disney World. Traveling with kids couldn’t be easier with meal plans, fast-passes and the Disney app (which estimates wait times for various rides). Plus, the great thing about this ki

Family & Parenting | Kids

2 New Hands On Spots for Tots

Two new spots, just for tots? It must be our New Year wishes coming true. With Toddler Town and Outside the Box, your youngest explorers will never be bored this year.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Just Opened: Have A Winter Picnic at LA Picnic

This healthy new Culver City eatery that's perfect for families (choices galore and they'll bring dinner to your car!) makes sticking to your "New Year, new eating choices" resolution a picnic.

Recipes | Main Dishes

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole - Family Fresh Meals

I like to call this my speedy version of chicken enchiladas. You get all the flavors packed in to this Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole, but less time.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Strike Out For The Slickest Bowling Alleys For Families

Get your balls out of the gutter (hey, now get your mind out, too!) when you hit these bowling spots that cater to kids.

Family & Parenting | Parenting and Kids

Being a Stepparent: What You Need to Know to Make It Work - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

Stepfamilies come with their own unique challenges and being a stepparent isn't easy. Here are eight ways to make stepfamily life much easier,

Politics | Politics

The Right Does Have Answers on Guns, Mr. President - The Dennis Prager Show The Dennis Prager Show

On the assumption that there are good and bad people on both the right and the left and that everyone is horrified by mass shootings, how is one to explain the great divide between right and left on the gun issue as it relates to these mass murders? Why d

Family & Parenting | Family & Relationships

My Birthday | Jlife

Family & Parenting | Family & Relationships

Praise-worthy Praise | Jlife

“You are so smart!” my friend said to her 11-year old the other day. I didn’t blink an eye. We’ve all said it. It was the boy’s response that surprised me. With a look that screamed “duh!” he told her, “That’s like me saying ‘wow, congratulations, you’re tall.’”

Family & Parenting | Family & Relationships

Rachel Goes Rogue: My Relationship with my Grandmother | Jlife

I was raised very close to both sets of grandparents, but I was closest, easily, to my mother’s mother, Beatrice Dankner.

Family & Parenting | Family & Relationships

Keeping Promises | Jlife

When we promise to behave in a certain way, to keep a confidence, to support or assist someone with a project, or to care for them as part of a family or community, the expectation is that the promise will be kept. We learn to trust one another by keeping promises, by holding true to our relationships and by standing alongside one another in good and bad times.

Advice & Self-Help | Relationships

In Two-Career Marriages, Women Still Do More of the Work at Home

Even though today’s husbands pitch in more than ever, the division of labor is far from equal.

Science & Technology | Cosmic Research

Mysterious New Human Species Emerges from Heap of Fossils - Scientific American

Meet  Homo naledi, the newest member of the human family. Its physical traits are weird, its circumstances are unique and its age is totally unknown

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

The Myth of Quality Time

Nothing nourishes intimacy and love like an investment of hours.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Apple Picking Adventures in Oak Glen, CA

For the perfect fall getaway, pack the kiddos in the car and head out to the high desert for a weekend of apple picking and eating in Oak Glen, CA.

Family & Parenting | Family & Parenting

Managing Screen Time Increases Family Joy

by Rachel Macy Stafford. Too much screen time in your home? Learn how to manage screen time and increase the joy of being together.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Now Open: A New Family Pizzeria in the SFV

What has the atmosphere of a date night spot, the pizza of your dreams, and is welcoming to kids? The new MediCi Pizzeria in Sherman Oaks!

Family & Parenting | Parenting and Kids

The Proven Way to Build #Resilience

Adolescence and childhood can be fraught with social adversity. Relationships are tested, sometimes lost and then there is the challenge of making new ones. Being seen in a positive light socially often trumps other challenges as the most critical to mast

Family & Parenting | Kids

Best Family Beaches In Southern California

There’s nothing like a sunny Southern California day at the beach. Half of the challenge is in knowing where to go.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Kid Friendly Outdoor Movies In Los Angeles

Looking to keep the kids busy for a couple hours this summer in L.A.? Take then to an outdoor movie! all these movies are family friendly and free for all! Places like Alfredo's Beach Club and the Westfield Mall show both new and old films.

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

Reframing Parent-Child Time Can Reduce Stress

Mentally reframing how you think about parent-child time can lessen stress and help you better appreciate the time you spend with your child.

Family & Parenting | Kids

10 Dazzling Reasons to Visit Disneyland This Year

Disneyland is a wonderful place for families every year, but this year promises to be especially magical. The Happiest Place on Earth is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary, marking 60 years of entertaining families around the globe.

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

Yes, You Are Probably Biased

Scientific evidence declares that prejudice is an inherent part of every person; we are genetically wired to be racist, sexist, ethnocentric, etc. However, does that justify the discrimination and consequential brutality that are so rife in our society? T

Family & Parenting | Kids

Things To Do On Father’s Day in Los Angeles

Here are 20 ideas with every kind of dad in mind. We hope you find the perfect one for the perfect Daddy in your life. Happy Father's Day!

Politics | Op-Ed

Room With an Unflattering View | Jlife

Family & Parenting | Kids

Go Wild! The Best Zoo in Every State

Whether you prefer lush garden pathways meandering past exhibits of exotic creatures, safari-style sleepovers, or air-conditioned exhibits of fish and fowl, there is a zoo experience for you somewhere in the country.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Explore the New Sawtelle Japantown

The newly named Japantown has cool shopping, great eats and a killer park nearby. It's just the kind of hip and happening hood that you'll enjoy exploring every bit as much as the kids.

Travel | Travel

The Wonders of the Last Minute Family Escape | Findery

My family took a trip down to Los Angeles that was almost completely unplanned. In the middle of the busy work days leading up to our departure, I barely managed to book a hotel and had to leave everything else up to chance.

Advice & Self-Help | Life and Family Coaching

Random Acts of Kindness - Mental Health & Happiness

If today is a day where you feel that our world is more and more disconnected, angry, alienated and cruel then today would be a great day for you to spread some random acts of kindness.

Advice & Self-Help | Life and Family Coaching

64 Positive Things to Say to Kids

Encouraging Kids Eighteen years after my dad died, I can still hear him, when I get too serious saying, “Lighten up, Lissy!”  And in moments of complete self doubt and embarrassment, I bolster myself by thinking of him singing, “Oops, you […]

Advice & Self-Help | Life and Family Coaching

8 Ways To Maintain A Strong Connection With Your Kids

As we become more connected to our smartphones and other devices, there's an increasing sense of disconnection and loneliness that pervades our lives. While we may expect this feeling with

Advice & Self-Help | Life and Family Coaching

7 Fun Ways To Teach Your Kids Mindfulness

I taught a mindfulness class at my daughters’ elementary school this week. Unsurprisingly, the kids taught me way more than I taught them. While I was doing research to develop the class, I came

Travel | Travel

Where to Stay for a Full Disneyland Experience With Kids | MiniTime

Surely one of the best places in the world for a family vacation, Disneyland Anaheim has been dubbed the "Happiest Place on Earth." Disneyland was built with kids of all ages in mind, under Walt Disney's direct supervision so it's the ultim...

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

The 4 Habits of Highly Happy Couples

Four habits that build a happier, long-lasting relationship.

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

How to raise boys: more sport, more hugs, more time with dad | The Times

In her new book, learning and behaviour specialist Noël Janis-Norton shows how to help boys reach their full potential

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

ACADEMY FOR FAMILY COACH TRAINING

Certified Family Coaches work with Teenagers, Parents and Families. "It works"

Family & Parenting | Kids

Best Parks and Playgrounds in Los Angeles

Get out and play! Here's our list of 11 awesome Los Angeles parks and playgrounds to explore with kids at little to no cost.

Family & Parenting | Kids

6 Spots for Dinner Dates with Kids

Skip the sitter grab a table at one of these spots full of romance, ambiance and phenomenal food, because all are welcoming to wee ones.

Pets & Animals | Interesting Animal Stories

22 Photos That Prove Why Babies Need Pets... Number 17 Especially

A child’s development can often be accelerated by daily interactions with the family pet. Their young minds grow a great deal through their social and emotional bonds. Instead of providing scientific facts to backup this theory, here are 22 photos that

News | Societal Evolution

#YesWomenAndChildren Are Safer Within Intact Marriages

New evidence continues to indicate that the best shelter against domestic violence is a healthy marriage.