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School mornings don't have to be chaos

Special to Village NewsSo what does the typical school morning look like at home? Quiet conversation over a leisurely breakfast,... — Updated 9/13/2019


Is your memory beginning to worry you?

Special to Village News People may have seen a sign or a T-shirt with the slogan, “My ability to remember song lyrics from the 80... — Updated 9/13/2019


Learning to deal with that empty nest

Is that young adult at home packing their suitcases and heading off for their first year of college? Or maybe there’s that... — Updated 8/30/2019


Don't ignore depression in teens

If there’s a teenager at home, they are probably moody, ecstatic, angry, happy and just about every other emotional state you... — Updated 8/30/2019


Helping wildlife

Caring for animals, including California’s native wildlife, is one of my passions. Last session my legislation setting up the... — Updated 8/12/2019 Full story


It's time to be in charge of your life

Getting tired of how life just seems to happen? Do days seem to be filled with mundane tasks, an unfulfilling job or just the same... — Updated 8/13/2019


You don't want to give up

Life is full of challenges. Some big, some small, but all challenges can dishearten people at times and make them feel overwhelmed... — Updated 8/5/2019


Making sports a healthy part of a child's life

We live in a society that places a great deal of emphasis on sports. We see professional athletes paid astronomical salaries and... — Updated 7/29/2019


Recovering from a mistake

It happens to all of us. We're in a situation where we have to perform, make a decision, or accomplish something important, and ins... — Updated 7/29/2019


You do deserve the success you've earned

It's a feeling that affects both men and women. You've achieved success at work, with a community organization, or just within... — Updated 7/19/2019


Car trips with the kids don't have to be stressful

It’s hot and your family is heading for a fun vacation destination, but... — Updated 7/15/2019


Motivating your children to do more

Children can be amazing. They develop new cellphone apps, set athletic records, volunteer with the elderly and perform many good... — Updated 7/1/2019


Overcome feelings of shyness

Each person, at times, feels anxious about a situation they’re currently in or about to enter. If such feelings are the norm,... — Updated 6/24/2019


Don't let summer just happen

Most people, from young children to senior citizens, look forward to the opportunities of summer. While they may complain some... — Updated 6/17/2019


Don't ignore childhood complaints of teasing

Teasing happens with children of all ages. It may be seemingly innocent name-calling, or more serious harassment and ridicule, but... — Updated 6/6/2019


Relaxing – A skill everyone needs to learn

People live in a world that produces lots of stress. While stress can sometimes help motivate them to focus and act, a lot of stres... — Updated 6/3/2019


Learning to let your children make mistakes

What parent doesn't want to protect their children, to see them safe, healthy and happy? Such concerns are part of our DNA,... — Updated 5/17/2019


The news can harm your health

It’s more difficult today not to know what’s going on in the world. From print sources, to online media, to 24/7 radio and TV... — Updated 5/14/2019


Animal Stewardship

Since joining the Legislature, I have written, co-written and supported numerous bills aimed at protecting pets and wildlife.... — Updated 5/6/2019 Full story


Are counseling therapies all the same?

Everyone has days when things don’t go well. Usually, such days simply pass, or people talk to a friend or spouse, discuss their... — Updated 5/6/2019


Is competition bad for children?

Competition is a fact of life, especially for children. It may include anything from who did best on the spelling test, to... — Updated 4/22/2019


Equal pay is a no-brainer

April 2 was National Equal Pay Day, which marks the extra time an average woman has to work to take home what a man earned last... — Updated 4/12/2019 Full story


Yes, people can age gracefully

As people age, things change. Some of those changes are obvious in the mirror, while others become evident when a flight of stairs... — Updated 4/12/2019


Learn to let your children make mistakes

What parent doesn't want to protect their children, to see them safe, healthy and happy? Such concerns are part of their DNA,... — Updated 4/12/2019


Benefit from the silence

As people have probably noticed, it’s a noisy world. Technology helps ensure people are never sitting in silence, but experts... — Updated 3/29/2019


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