Get Ready for Rail-Related Family Fun at the Railroad Museum

The California State Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, is a family-favorite destination perfect for everyone from young children to the young-at-heart. With the area’s only historic and authentic train rides, full-scale vintage locomotives, tiny toy trains, interactive exhibits and much more, guests can experience 150 years of railroad…

More Veggies… Said Hardly Any Kid Ever!

By Chef Chrissy Marie of Fruvey Kids “I DON’T LIKE IT,” echo’s through homes of many families around dinner time—but, I’m here to tell you, getting kids to eat more veggies doesn’t have to be a fight. Researchers have found many creative ways to introduce and serve fruits and vegetables to your pickiest eaters. Make…

Benefits of Team Sports

By Nora Heston Tarte No child is created equal. Some may thrive in athletics, while others may struggle to keep up. Some may need to learn how to cooperate with others and embrace a team mentality, while others may need help coming out of their shells. “I believe all kids can benefit from team sports….

Changing the World for Two

A Sacramento family shares their story of adoption  By Allison Hopkins “A mother’s love for her child is like no other love. To be able to put that feeling aside because you want the best for your child is the most unselfish thing I know.” —Mary, American Adoptions Birthmother The story of Tristan and Brooklyn…

Teen Gaming

“Not Now, Mom, I’m in Combat!” Teens Have a Hard Time Turning Off Video Games, Even After Midnight By Robert Andrews “I know I probably shouldn’t stay up until 2:00am on school nights,” reports Gilberto, a 16 year-old high school junior in my biology class. “It’s just that, I’m really into my PlayStation. The competition…

Helping Your Child Build Friendships

By Jan Pierce, MEd For many kids, building friendships comes as naturally as breathing in air or waking up in the morning. For others, the process is filled with landmines of fear, anxiety and discouragement. Experts agree that friendship-building is a skill—it can be learned. THE POPULAR KIDS Popular children, those successful in making friends,…

Prepare Your Child…and Yourself for Camp!

By American Camp Association For parents, the most heart-racing, adrenaline pumping moments happen when you let go and watch your child try something on his or her own. The moment the training wheels come off, the first trip down the driveway on the skateboard, the first time our children ride the school bus—these are more…

Getting Your Kids to Fall in Love with Reading

Written by Keira Regina Children love stories, whether they’re creating, watching or listening to them, but not every little kid enjoys reading them, as they may find it more of a chore rather than a hobby. Some research, shared by The Guardian, indicates that the motivation to read decreases in age, thus it’s important that children…

No Barriers to Play

Universally Accessible Playgrounds in Sacramento By Lauren Ivy Chiong If you are a parent of a special needs child, you might feel the playground options in Sacramento are few. Yet there are several universally accessible playgrounds in the area, hidden gems that will delight children of all abilities. One has a solar-system theme and special…

Teaching Kindness

A Touch of Understanding brings lessons in tolerance to local classrooms—and beyond.  By Lisa Thibodeau As a child Leslie DeDora witnessed people treating her disabled aunt differently—she remembers their staring, teasing, even fear. These early experiences inspired Leslie to dedicate herself to fostering more compassion and respect in future generations. To that end, Leslie and…

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