Amazing journey

Posted: May 20th, 2016 | Feature, Lifestyle, Parenting, Top Story | 1 Comment

From foster mom to tireless advocate for foster families

By Jennifer Coburn

[Editor’s note: May is National Foster Care Month]

When Lani Barnes first laid eyes on her foster child, she knew she was up to the tough road ahead. She and her husband Matt arrived at Rady Children’s Hospital and were introduced to a 3-month-old boy who was severely underweight, the size of a newborn.

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Summer camps in sunny San Diego

Posted: May 6th, 2016 | Feature, Featured, Parenting | No Comments

By SDCNN staff San Diego is an ideal place for summer camps. With access to world-class sports fields, mountains, beaches and deserts, it is a fantastic place for sports and outdoor camps. With access to metropolitan museums and cultural institutions, it is great for arts and education camps. And the sunny weather is certainly a bonus, as well.

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Theater responds to concerns, and community breaks into song

Posted: July 17th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Lifestyle, North Park, Parenting | 1 Comment

By Andy Hinds |Parenting You are certainly aware of the buzz surrounding an upcoming event at the Observatory North Park (formerly the iconic North Park Theatre), wherein people nostalgic for the ‘70s participate in a boisterous homage to that era’s nostalgic notions about the ‘50s. You’re not? Oh. That’s fine; you probably just don’t get out much, what with the kids and work and all that. All the young scenesters are talking about it.

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Neighborhood schools are the new charters

Posted: January 30th, 2015 | Feature, Featured, Lifestyle, Parenting | 2 Comments

By Andy Hinds This is the time of year when many parents of soon-to-“graduate” preschoolers are quietly freaking out. Until now, the idea of your babies going to elementary school had been like some distant, futuristic fantasy/nightmare. Now it looms large, imminent, and fraught with ramifications that seem likely to cascade throughout your precious progeny’s lives.

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Jefferson Elementary: a century in North Park

Posted: April 25th, 2014 | Featured, Parenting | 1 Comment

Andy Hinds | Parenting A few years before Balboa Park was developed for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition into the world-class recreational and cultural complex San Diegans and tourists know and love today, another nearby institution sprang from the sandy soil to serve the growing population of the area: Jefferson Elementary School.

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Why would I want my kids to play sports?

Posted: March 28th, 2014 | Featured, Parenting | No Comments

Andy Hinds | Parenting I remember, when my twin girls were not yet one year old, parking the stroller near one of the baseball diamonds at Morley Field to watch the little kids play tee-ball. It was so adorable to me, and so amazing that these squirrelly rugrats could keep it together to participate in a team sport that involved skills and rules and cooperating with their friends, that it almost brought a tear to […]

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The poison cookies

Posted: January 31st, 2014 | Featured, Lifestyle, Parenting | No Comments

Andy Hinds | Parenting This is the last thing I said to my girls tonight before they finally fell asleep: “YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT MONSTERS IN YOUR ROOM! THE ONLY MONSTER YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IS ME! DON’T YOU DARE MAKE ME COME IN THERE AGAIN!”

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