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Why We Don’t Need Our Phones (As Much As We Think We Do)

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MomsLA is your source for Things to do in Los Angeles With Kids. I’ve become one of those people who talk about the “good old days.” And really, I’m just referring to the days prior to 2007.  2007 was when Apple launched the first iPhone, and our society really hasn’t been the same since. Cell phones have evolved into “smart phones,” which is really just a fancy way of saying ... Read More »

7 Reasons Why I Don’t Allow Technology on a Play Date


The last time my eight-year-old son hosted a play date at our house, his friend wanted to play a video game. My son said they couldn’t. His friend asked if they could watch a movie. My son said they couldn’t because, “My mom says no technology during play dates.” “Why not?” asked his friend. “Ask my mom.” And the boy did ask me. The short answer was that there were ... Read More »

7 Reasons Why It’s Not Okay to Tell Your Child To “Shut Up”

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MomsLA is your source for Things to do in Los Angeles With Kids. Recently, my son and I were in the restroom at the California Science Center. We heard a little girl crying and whining, and we heard the little girl’s mother tell her to “shut up.” Repeatedly. My son looked at me with wide eyes. In our house, “shut up” is considered a bad word; it’s not allowed to ... Read More »

The 9 Similarities Shared Between My Roles as Parent and Patient

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I became a parent at 32.  It was planned, desired, and celebrated.  I became a patient at 34.  It was unplanned, unwanted, and feared.  These two roles are intertwined; one often affecting the other.  My pain levels dictate what I can and cannot do with my son.  A walk to the basketball court — no.  A shorter walk to the library — yes.  Helping my son practice riding his two-wheeler ... Read More »

A Letter to All Stepmoms on Mother’s Day


This is a guest post by Jessica Fuselier. Hey there, I know this day can be a really difficult one for most of us, so I’d like to personally reach out to you. The person who said being a Mother is the most thankless job in the world, was never a Stepmother. I see you over there not being appreciated, or recognized today. I know you are patiently waiting, secretly ... Read More »

Why I Don’t Volunteer to Chaperone My Son’s Field Trips

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An Open Letter to the Parents of My Son’s Classmates: The trip slips have gone home along with the sign-up for parent volunteers. You may be wondering why I don’t join you on the walking field trip to the museum. You may be wondering why, after the first walking field trip in the beginning of the year, I haven’t joined you on any subsequent trips. After all, you see me ... Read More »

Tips for Avoiding Injuries in Youth Baseball

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This is a sponsored post. Spring means it’s time for baseball. As youth leagues across the country are gearing up for another exciting baseball season, the physician experts at Orthopaedic Institute for Children are advising parents and coaches to be mindful of some basic safety guidelines that will keep kids safe and in the game – from opening day through the end of the season. “Injuries have become increasingly common ... Read More »

ScholarShare Hosts Free Event for Families

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This is a sponsored post.  Just thinking about my kids going to college stresses me out. Actually, thinking about paying for my kids to go college is what really stresses me out. ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, wants to help with that. They are hosting a free “Start Small. Dream Big.” savings event for families from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 20th at Westfield Santa Anita in Arcadia. ScholarShare will ... Read More »

LAUSD Closes and The City Comes Together

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Los Angeles parents started the day with alarming news that all 900 LAUSD schools would be closed because of a threat. Parents sprung into action. My phone was buzzing with messages from friends offering to have kids over for parents who had to go to work. So far, there has been a wonderful outpouring of support and not just from friends, but the entire city. We welcome #LAUSD students today, plus ... Read More »

Winter Camps in Los Angeles 2015

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Los Angeles Public Schools take three weeks off during the Holidays, leaving working parents in need of camps for their kids. Here’s a list of Winter Camps in Los Angeles for 2015. MomsLA is your source for Things to do in Los Angeles With Kids. Aerial Warehouse (310) 397-2200 Dates: December 21 – 23 December 28 – 30 January 4 – 8 (Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s ... Read More »