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Category Archives: parenting

Free Screening of “Dislecksia: The Movie” and Q & A with Filmmaker Harvey Hubbell

by lesliedinaberg on January 14, 2014

Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 individuals, and Harvey Hubbell (who has dyslexia) is spreading the word across the nation that dyslexia is a difference, not a disability. The award-winning independent filmmaker screens his well-reviewed film, Dislecksia: The Movie at a special appearance at Santa Barbara High School on Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. (700 E. […]

Spring Break With Java Boy

by lesliedinaberg on July 29, 2013

Ah, that rich, strong aroma of coffee. Its anticipation is the only thing that makes getting out of bed worthwhile most of the time. I understand the attraction to coffee and why some might call it an addiction. I really do. Not that I’m addicted. I can quit anytime I want to. I quit when […]

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

by lesliedinaberg on July 16, 2013

I’m not one to mess around when it comes to my son’s safety, so I was a little taken aback the other day when we met some friends to go scootering at a local elementary school. He was the only one that wasn’t wearing a helmet. A couple of the kids were in full body […]

My Secret Mothers Day Wish

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2013

For those of you who have no exposure to TV or calendars or school art projects, it may come as big news that Mother’s Day is coming up. Now, I wouldn’t say no to being showered with diamonds, although I’d settle for a real shower alone for 10 minutes without someone interrupting me on an […]

That Other Mother

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2013

I was a much better mother before I actually had a child. I did so many things right back in the old days, when I was that other mother. That other mother lost her pregnancy weight in two weeks, breast fed for three years, and had a child who immediately slept through the night, allowing […]

The Amazing Adventures of Danger Boy and Wimpy Mom

by lesliedinaberg on April 8, 2013

I stared up at Koss in amazement, as he confidently donned his bike helmet and harness to climb Gibraltar Rock. He looked so little, just a wisp of a boy, yet so excited and sure of himself. I couldn’t help but be impressed. Then I looked down at Rattlesnake Canyon 150 feet below, and almost […]

Mothers in arms

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Lifelong friendships begin with bonding over their children Motherhood has a secret code. It’s something only those who have struggled with 3 a.m. feedings or juggled a car seat, a purse, a diaper bag, a bag of groceries and a baby or two can understand. While it sometimes feels like those needy little creatures rule […]

Mixed Messages

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Be careful — what your kids watch may be hazardous to their health and your wallet. If TV is “chewing gum for the eyes,” as Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said, it may be causing more than tooth decay in children — TV may also be making them fat, according to two new studies. “The […]

Jungle Mom

by lesliedinaberg on July 20, 2012

I pity the first girl who stomps on my son’s heart. I realized something about myself recently and it’s not very pretty. I may be an anti-violent, NPR-supporting, bleeding heart pacifist in theory, but when it comes right down to it-I would kill to prevent my son from suffering heartache. I may not be a […]

The Neurotic Parent Comes to Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on April 13, 2012

Some people say that getting your kid through the college application process is a lot like childbirth-you have to experience it yourself to really understand it. Unlike with childbirth, where the endorphins kick in and make you forget most of the pain once you hold that precious baby in your arms, the only chemicals associated […]