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Parents and Family

At First 5 LA, we want to help families grow and learn! Fun ways to raise healthy and safe children are just a click away.

And we're not just sharing studies and policy-driven news items -- most of what you will find here in our Parents and Family section is written by parents, for parents. From topical tips to ways to care for yourself and your child -- and not to mention ways to learn while having fun together -- click around and explore!

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Family Guides
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Hello Barbie…Adiós Privacy?
Imagine a doll that can have a real conversation with your daughter by understanding her words and responding intelligently. Imagine also that the...

Lawmakers for Children: Q & A with State Senator Ricardo Lara
Born and raised a local Angeleno and the son of a seamstress and factory worker, California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has been at...

The Kids Are Alright: What We’re Reading
Here is the latest news, notes, research and other items of interest that we’re reading to inform our view of the issues affecting parents and...

Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month at our August #First5Chat on Twitter
RSVP to enter our giveaway of gifts for new parents and join us for our August 4th #First5Chat! This chat is ideal for new and expectant parents...

Potter The Otter Books
Potter the Otter - A Tale about Water Potter, Potter - The Healthy Otter Potter the Otter...

Families Come Together for Panorama City Playground Kickoff
Summer just got a lot cooler for young children in Panorama City and surrounding communities. No, the temperature isn’t going down. Instead...

A Day for Parents to Relax and Recharge
Years ago, when she needed a break from parenting her young daughters, Elena Epstein would find herself lost.“I used to go to the bookstore and...

First 5 LA’s Monthly Twitter Party Trends During Summer Learning Discussion with L.A. Parent Magazine
EDITOR’S NOTE: The power of social media is its ability to connect people. Since last February, First 5 LA has hosted a monthly Twitter Chat to...

Every Breath You Take
When Mark Lopez’s daughter, Xole, was only 8 months old and having trouble breathing, he took her to the doctor. When the doctor prescribed an...

What We’re Reading
Here’s the latest news, research and other items of interest that we’re reading to inform our view of the issues affecting parents and...

Avoiding the Summer Slide
Silvia Fischer, a grandmother of two boys and a girl, fondly recalls planting summer gardens with her oldest grandson during his toddler and preschool...

Vast Majority of Los Angeles County Parents Support Immunization
Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of a sweeping mandatory childhood vaccination bill – ending exemptions from state immunization laws based...

“I Just Looked Away for a Second…” Why Parents Must Be Vigilant About Drowning Among Children
The beginning of summer marks a traditional time of gatherings where families and friends try to cool off at backyard pool parties, on the lake or...

Embracing Fatherhood Is One of the Best Hugs a Dad Can Give
With Father’s Day approaching and a celebratory mood in the air, Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) recently held its 8th Annual Fatherhood...

Summer Fun and Learning #First5Chat
RSVP to enter our giveaway and join us for our July 7th #First5Chat!*To RSVP, click on the Add Your Link button below. You must be signed up on this...

Child Development 101: Free-Range Parenting or Helicopter-Type Supervision?
Parents of young children would probably never think of letting their child 5 years old or under walk to school alone or play in the park by...

What Kind of Pet Should Your Family Get?
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Great Father’s Day Gifts for Dads of Kids 0-5
It’s not too late to give a truly thoughtful gift to the important dads in your life. But to make the gift truly meaningful, choose one that not...
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