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22 Making Space for What Sparks Joy Local author Salina Yoon collaborates with Marie Kondo

10 Staff Page 12 Short & Sweet News | Notes | Tips

14 Column: Ask Ms. Lydia What should parents know when looking for a preschool? 16 Movement Breaks for Mental Health Easy activities that give kids’ brains a boost

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18 How to Keep Tabs on Stress and Anxiety Tips for parenting in a pandemic 20 Is There a Doctor in the House? Parent-recommended pediatricians 24 Should We Stay or Should We Go? How to know if your child has outgrown the pediatrician 30 Kid-Approved Snacks for the New Year Healthy snack ideas from The Seaside Baker

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Happy New Year! Stay Healthy We are staying at home more than we want. Kids may

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How do you plan to spend New Year’s Eve this year? Emily Dolton, resource specialist This year both our kids have plans: one has a virtual jam on Zoom, the other has a Mario tournament on Discord. My husband and I will likely snuggle up on the couch with whichever musician friend is giving a virtual concert. Tony Andrews, marketing representative We like to dress up and have a nice dinner at home. Then we change into comfortable clothes, do puzzles, play games and watch the ball drop on TV; then we yell, cheer, kiss and sleep!

What is your most memorable New Year’s Eve? Adrienne Sigeti, editorial assistant When I was in high school, my mom and I visited my sister in Spain, where she was studying abroad for college. We had a blast ringing in the new year with locals in Barcelona, watching fireworks in the plaza, and eating 12 uvas (grapes) for good luck!

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concerns are causing many families to opt for virtual medical appointments when offered, but it’s important to attend annual well-baby and well-child appointments in person, as many potential areas of concern are overlooked during a virtual visit. Depending on age, kids may receive important vaccinations, be screened for vision, hearing and mental health, blood pressure may be taken, spine development checked and more. Ask your pediatric office what measures are being taken to separate sick kids from those who go for well-checks and plan to have your kids see the pediatrician in person.

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Ask Ms. Lydia Dear Ms. Lydia, My husband and I just recently moved to the San Diego area and need to find a preschool for our 3-year-old daughter. We are feeling overwhelmed by all the choices. There are so many different philosophies, settings and prices! What questions should we be asking and what should we be looking for? Please help. – Overwhelmed in Clairemont Mesa Dear Overwhelmed, Finding the right preschool environment for little ones can be challenging, especially now when programs are different and tours are limited due to health concerns. It’s important to do your homework. Take time to think about what type of parent you are and how much of your personal philosophies need to translate to your child’s school environment. Are you a strict parent who has clear rules, expectations and boundaries?

Do you tend to be more relaxed in your parenting and you’d like your child to explore and problem-solve on her own? Preschools have a wide range of philosophies: Montessori, play-based, HighScope, Reggio Emilia and more. Identify priorities and then schedule tours with a variety of schools in your price range. Clarify if tours are inperson or virtual. Most parents will know by walking into a school whether it’s a fit, so if tours are virtual, you’ll need to ask questions that help identify environment. In addition to common questions, be sure to ask: • What is the school’s teacher turnover rate? Teachers who are happy with their job are better teachers with the children. • Are volunteer hours required or encouraged? • How often does tuition increase? • What’s the staff-to-child ratio? Don’t just take the director’s word for it; Take a minute to count how many kids and teachers are in the classrooms.

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• What are the school’s emergency plans? California schools should have an earthquake evacuation plan, require earthquake kits and do earthquake drills with the kids. Things to do during or after a tour: • Listen for “happy noises.” Can you hear children playing and having a good time? • Look for a clean environment, but not too clean. Kids need to be able to get dirty and have fun. • Look for teachers who spend time and interact with the children; not keep busy while kids entertain themselves. • Check with Community Care Licensing to see if there are any complaints. The school’s complaint record is public and will provide good insight. www.cdss.ca.gov/ inforesources/community-carelicensing My most important piece of advice— ask for parent recommendations. The school should be able to provide phone numbers or email addresses of 2–3 parents whose children attend the school. These parents can provide valuable perspectives about the school, so be sure to reach out to them. Also ask friends and other local parents for recommendations. Getting firsthand information from parents is key in helping you feel comfortable about where to enroll your child. I wish you all the best in your search! Sincerely, Ms. Lydia Lydia Smith has a degree in Developmental Psychology and was a preschool director/owner/teacher for 25 years. She is a mother of two adult sons. Do you have a question for Ms. Lydia about your child who is between the ages of 2–6? Email it to editor@ sandiegofamily.com for possible inclusion in the next issue of Family Magazine. Please put “Ask Ms. Lydia” in the subject line and be sure to include your name, ages of children and area of San Diego you live.

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Alonso Nuñez is the executive director, and lead instructor of San Diego’s Little Fish Comic Book Studio, a nonprofit comic art studio and advocacy group. His work focuses on the continued placement and use of comics and comic-based curricula in schools and organizations. Comic-Con International is proud to announce that Alonso will be on the judging panel for the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, which will reward excellence for works published in 2020. He is currently working on his first full-length graphic novel, Hatchepsut. At MBMA, we pride ourselves on blending a traditional Montessori approach with rigorous academics. From two years old through sixth grade, we match the individual child’s interest and ability to our time-tested curriculum. We expand their education to include Science, Music, Computer, Art, Spanish, Chinese, and PE. Visit www.mbmacademy.com to schedule a tour and learn more! 2640 Soderblom Avenue, San Diego, CA 92122 • www.mbmacademy.com

Miss Caroline Rose Caroline Rose, our Director, comes full circle as she was a Pre-Kindergartner at Del Mar Hills Nursery School, graduating in 1995! She began teaching at Del Mar Hills Nursery School after graduating from UCLA in 2011.

The school combines the philosophies of Friedrich Froebel, Reggio Emilia, Maria Montessori, and Orff Schulwerk. Owner Polly Trump has always been inspired to improve the quality of the curriculum and environment, and has attended two study tours in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Institute for Child Care Design; and collaborated with educators worldwide at the Working Forum on Nature Education. Polly began her career at Del Mar Hills Nursery School in 1977 as a teacher’s aide and was mentored by the founder of the school, Ursula Waddell.

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Movement Breaks for Mental Health We all know our kids need to move more. According to the American Psychological Association, encouraging children to move their bodies is important, not only for physical health, but for mental health and cognitive development. Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce anxiety, boost academic performance and improve behavior. Unfortunately, kids have missed months of scheduled recess, P.E. and team sports while we navigate a global health crisis. Use these fun, easy ideas to step away from the screens and get moving together. Do activities every day to keep kids fit, and even better—give their brains a boost!

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Have a dance party! This classic game is sure to work up a sweat. Bring the whole family together to dance as enthusiastically as possible. The bigger and wilder the movements, the better. When the music stops, those who forget to freeze are out. In our house, whoever controls the pause button gets to pick the tunes. If your kids love to dance, be sure to check out local dance classes as well. A number of San Diego studios are offering lessons outdoors or online during the pandemic.

This well-known game is a great way to get kids moving, but it also promotes impulse control and emotional regulation. Ask the kids to line up at one end of the yard, while you wait at the other end. When you yell, “Green light!” they run towards you; when you say, “Red light!” they have to stop. First kid to reach you wins. Try adding additional commands like, “Yellow light!” for slow or “Reverse!” to go the opposite direction. Let the kids take turns giving commands. Everyone will want to play until they’re good and tired.

This racing game brings giggles while releasing wiggles. Invite kids to run down the hall (or sidewalk) and back—but change the movement for each race. Try hopping like bunnies, then slithering like snakes, then stomping like elephants. This game is lots of fun and helps kids connect with their bodies while using imagination.

Yoga One of the best ways to increase mindbody awareness is a daily yoga practice. More than ever, kids need time to center themselves. Yoga reminds us to breathe and move in ways that feel right for our bodies. It’s a wonderful anxiety reducer that’s been shown to improve concentration and memory in young people. Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube is an excellent resource for beginners. Instructor Jaime sets the mood with her soothing British accent and themed routines geared to children’s interests. My boys love the Spider-Man and Minecraft sessions.

Martial Arts Training Martial arts training has been shown to improve self-control and confidence in children. It’s a great way to build coordination and strength while focusing on individual goal setting. With health and safety concerns in mind, many local studios are now offering virtual training sessions. Kids can continue working towards their next belt from home!

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Nature Time In addition to the above, keep going for walks! Sometimes the best way to reset is to step outside and walk around the neighborhood. Invite kids to notice sensory stimulations all around them. As you walk, ask them what they see, hear and smell. It’ll lighten their moods and invigorate their sense of curiosity! v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. She loves to discover new ways to play as a family.

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Chalk Obstacle Course Obstacle courses have been our family’s favorite brain break this year. Grownups design a course with colorful chalk drawings, using fun shapes and lines. Try a zig-zag line for running, winding loops for walking backwards, circles for spinning and hexagons for hopping on one foot. Grab a stopwatch and see if the kids can beat their best times. The best part? You can invite the neighbors to enjoy the course when you’re done! No time or space to create your own course? Visit the sidewalk chalk obstacle course (and Little Free Libraries) at the corner of Mt. Albertine and Mt. Aguilar in Clairemont. So fun for families!

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Parenting with Purpose

Jody Lee Cates

Parenting in a Pandemic Keeping Tabs on Stress and Anxiety The ongoing pandemic has created

an undercurrent of anxiety that continues to impact families even as we’ve adjusted to working and schooling from home, wearing masks and social distancing. Combined with the uncertainty of a situation that seems to change daily, COVID-related anxiety won’t be disappearing anytime soon. But parents can help kids cope by keeping tabs on anxiety and practicing healthy habits to manage family stress.

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Know your child’s stressors.

Stressors come in many shapes and sizes and differ between children based on personality and age. Socially outgoing kids may find schooling from home stressful, while those with social anxiety might welcome the reprieve. Some kids feel anxious about online learning, while others seem to handle it with ease. For pre-teens and adolescents, spending so much time at home may prove to be stressful at a stage when self-discovery

and gaining independence are signs of healthy development. Even in the same family, siblings handle stress differently, so knowing how each child reacts under normal circumstances will help parents recognize when anxiety is rising.

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such as disruptions in eating or sleeping habits, irritability, or excessive worrying. Dr. Hilary Bowers, founding director of Behavioral and Mental Health Services at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group in San Diego, encourages parents to stay alert to changes that seem out of the ordinary. “Are they spending more time in their rooms than before? Are they still interested in things they used to love, or have they lost their joy? With teens, notice how they’re caring for themselves,” Bowers says. “Are they still showering regularly or just wearing the same clothes off the floor every day?” If you notice something of concern, ask gentle questions to get to the root cause. Use phrases that identify what you’re observing without judgment or pressure. Try saying something like, “I see that you’re frustrated; I get frustrated, too.” Or, “I get it. I miss my friends, too.”

How parents can help.

Use structure to make kids feel safe. Rules and boundaries help kids feel more secure, so stay consistent and set limits. Try to stick to a predictable, but flexible family schedule and be sure to build in time for rest and fun. Set a good example. Model healthy behaviors like getting enough sleep, eating at the table with the family, and working together to keep the household running smoothly. When kids see parents practicing simple daily routines and healthy habits, they will follow. Weigh your words. Pay attention to the things you say most often. Are all of your conversations about what your child should be getting done, such as schoolwork or chores? Understand that in addition to managing your child’s responsibilities, you’re also caring for emotions and helping him feel connected to you. Communicate that you enjoy your child’s company by asking him to help with something

fun, like baking cookies or completing a puzzle. Be intentional about responding to emotions. It might feel more comfortable to take the path of least resistance when stress and anxiety run high. But when parents are intentional about identifying and talking about emotions, families form stronger bonds, and anxiety dissipates. Compassion and understanding help kids learn to process and express feelings in healthy ways instead of avoiding them, causing other potential problems. Keep kids socializing. Childhood is a time of learning how to get along with others, which is a big job. Get creative about finding ways to continue connecting kids with friends and others outside your family. Feeling like you’re a part of something bigger than yourself reduces feelings of loneliness and depression. Stay active. Take advantage of sunny San Diego weather by heading to the beach, playing at the park, hiking or just playing in the backyard. Make movement non-negotiable until it becomes a habit—one that kids will thank you for later. The benefits of fresh air and exercise extend even to kids who complain that they’d rather stay home. Manage expectations. Understand that keeping kids happy is not a realistic goal. Accept that there will be complaining and more than a few disgruntled conversations and move on. Hug it out. Sometimes the only thing that helps is a hug. “It’s really important to hug for a solid 20 to 30 seconds,” says Dr. Bowers. “When you do, your heart rate slows down, happy hormones are released, you notice that you start to breathe differently, and a lightness settles in.” Limit exposure to stressors. Turn off the news when kids are around. “I’m

a big fan of turning everything off,” says Dr. Bowers. “Even when kids don’t understand the words coming out of the TV, they understand that it’s stressful by the tone of voice or their parent’s response. The same goes for adult conversations. Try to have them out of earshot. A young brain processes information very differently, so try to modulate what’s going in.” Respond to excessive worry with reassurance and practical help. Some kids will take things like hand washing and social distancing so seriously that it will keep them awake at night, worrying that they may have missed the mark. Offer calm reassurance and practical strategies like singing the ABCs while washing hands or making a game out of measuring six feet. Parents can find more kid-friendly strategies in the “What to Do Guides for Kids” by Dawn Huebner. The workbook series includes titles like What to Do When You Worry Too Much and gives concrete ideas to help kids ages 6 to 12. “These are great workbooks!” says San Diego mom, Kelly Parker. “We used one called What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck that really helped quiet my son’s obsessive thoughts and worries related to the pandemic.” Dr. Bowers reminds parents that early intervention is always best. If you or your child experience symptoms of ongoing stress, anxiety or depression, contact your healthcare provider. “But remember,” she says, “human beings are very resilient. Children who have trusted adults in their lives will continue to grow and thrive, even in difficult times.” v Jody Lee Cates is a local mom and award-winning writer of the column, Parenting with Purpose. January 2021 • SanDiegofamily.com •


Is There a Doctor in the House? Parent-recommended pediatricians

Thank you to all the local

Dr. Ursula Pertl Oceanside 

parents who responded to our request for favorite pediatricians in San Diego County. Doctors and providers are listed alphabetically by organization, some of which also fall under the umbrella of Rady Children’s Hospital. Find parent recommendations for local OB/GYNs and midwives in our annual edition of San Diego Babies and Toddlers at www.sandiegofamily.com/ parenting/baby/san-diegobabies-and-toddlers.

Dr. Anita Pinto El Cajon  Dr. Nancy Shiau  College Area  Dr. Kamei Tolba  Encinitas 

Coast Pediatrics Dr. Jamie Lien  Carmel Valley  Dr. Rob Warner  Del Mar

Kaiser Permanente

Arch Health Medical Group  

Dr. Patricia Cantrell   Grantville

Dr. Stuart Graham   Poway 

Dr. Stephanie Washburn   La Mesa 

Bailony Pediatrics Dr. Ahmad Bailony   National City  

Dr. Joanne Wong   Grantville

Childrens Physicians Medical Group

Scripps Coastal Medical Center Dr. Dania Lindenberg   Hillcrest  

Dr. Gina Rosenfeld San Marcos 

Children’s Primary Care Medical Group Dr. Jessica Coullahan   Escondido    +Dr. John Hansen Kearny Mesa  +Dr. Trevor Henderson College Area  Dr. Regina Mangine  Santee  Dr. Randall Metsch  Encinitas 

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Dr. Eric Reed [Sharp Rees-Stealy, La Mesa] has been the only pediatrician who truly cared and listened when we knew our son was on the Autism Spectrum. He always listens to our concerns, never pushes medications, and always gives us printed information on things we can do and learn to help our son. Our children love visiting Dr. Reed—he makes every visit fun. – LiLiAnn, Santee

Scripps Clinic Dr. Erin O’Leary   Santee   Dr. Matilda Remba   Mission Valley  Dr. Lynne Scannell   Santee 

Sharp Rees-Stealy Dr. Michael Antos   Otay Ranch  Dr. Jennifer Barkley    Carmel Valley  

Both Dr. Jessica Coullahan and Nurse Practitioner Adrianna Haas [CPCMG Escondido] respond right away if I have medical concerns about my children. Dr. Coullahan even sent a message via “my chart” to ask how my kids were doing! They are both working moms, so it’s nice to have doctors who actually know what you are going through. – Elizabeth, San Marcos

Dr. Cherie Chu   La Mesa  Dr. Lizzie Giangreco   Rancho Bernardo  Dr. Jershonda Hartsfield   Otay Ranch  Dr. Peggy Manuel   Kearny Mesa  Dr. Albert Martinez   Scripps Ranch  Dr. Theresa O’Dea   Scripps Ranch  Dr. Jenny Ou  Rancho Bernardo  +Dr. Eric Reed   La Mesa Dr. David Reynaldo   Del Mar  v  

To see which San Diego OB/GYNs and midwives are recommended by San Diego parents, read our latest issue of San Diego Babies and Toddlers at www.sandiegofamily.com/ parenting/baby. +Indicates doctors who received more than one recommendation. January 2021 • SanDiegofamily.com •


Anne Malinoski At home with Salina Yoon

Local author Salina Yoon is

Making Space for What Sparks Joy San Marcos author-illustrator

Salina Yoon wants to help with your New Year’s resolutions. “Less clutter frees the mind to fill it with more important things,” says the mom of two, whose books for children have sold 4.5 million copies worldwide. Her latest project is a collaboration with tidiness superstar Marie Kondo. Their charming picture book teaches children that an organized space makes playtime easier. Even better, it empowers kids to take part in the process of de-cluttering.

Salina Yoon and Marie Kondo

In Kiki & Jax, the Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, Kiki’s clutter gets in the way of lots of things, but most importantly, her friendship. Jax helps Kiki to embrace tidying—making space not only for her possessions, but for the things that matter most in life.

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“We hope that this story instills the value of prioritizing people over things and inspires children to tidy for fun— and for a space to play,” says Yoon. Yoon began her career at a small publishing house in Los Angeles. It was there, working as art director,

that she fell in love with the magic of children’s books. When she relocated to San Diego to marry local artist Christopher Polentz, Yoon didn’t apply for another publishing job. Instead, she chose to pursue writing and illustrating on her own. Yoon developed an innovative style for her children’s books, favoring interactive elements like flaps, tabs and wheels. Her early creations were designed with babies and toddlers in mind. It wasn’t until her own sons outgrew board books that she began to look closely at picture books.

“Not only did I enjoy reading them to my kids, I was inspired to write and illustrate one of my own,” says Yoon. “In fact, the first story I wrote, Penguin and Pinecone, A Friendship Story, was inspired by my son.” Yoon’s popular Penguin series has grown to include six books. They’ve been published worldwide in multiple languages, earning an international fanbase that happens to include the children of Marie Kondo—bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Kondo’s unique tidying philosophy (known as the KonMari method) is centered in mindfulness and gratitude. She invites her readers to declutter by keeping only items that spark joy. When Kondo started planning a children’s book, her publisher suggested she choose a collaborator. She immediately reached out to Yoon, citing her family’s love for Penguin and Pinecone.

Salina Yoon’s Laundry Game for Kids You’ll need a stack of blank index cards. On each one, alternate writing silly instructions and simple folding tasks. Some examples include: • • • • •

Fold one shirt Fold three pairs of socks Skip a turn Twirl three times Walk with a folded towel on your head

Mix up the cards and take turns pulling them out of a basket, one at a time. Soon, laundry time will be a fun family game. The kids’ folding technique doesn’t need to be perfect, as long as they’re trying and learning.

Kondo and Yoon review page layouts

Download a free printable KonMari folding craft for kids and learn more about Salina Yoon’s books at www.salinayoon.com.

“She told me how moved she was by the story and how much she adored the art,” says Yoon. “Needless to say, I was incredibly honored to be asked and I said yes!”

Photos courtesy of Salina Yoon

Tips for Tidy Living As a mom of teen boys, Yoon understands how tough it can be to make organization a priority. To make things easier, she maintains a few house rules for tidiness. The boys are expected to wash their own dishes after use, return shoes to the shoe rack and leave common rooms as tidy as they found them. However, she grants much more freedom when it comes to their own rooms. “My goal is for them to want to do it for themselves,” she says. “One son has adopted this, but the other has not. I’m patient.” Yoon’s best advice is to lead by example. She believes that when parents commit to keeping a tidy house, children grow accustomed to the calm created by that environment. They will crave it, even while they’re busy making messes. “I grew up in a very tidy household, even though I didn’t do much cleaning myself,” she says. “My mother was Marie Kondo-ing our house even before Marie Kondo-ing was a thing!” Yoon and Kondo’s book is an invaluable resource for parents hoping to teach kids why and how to tidy. My own children were so inspired by Kiki and Jax that they immediately emptied their toy bin to “joy check” the items inside. Be still, my neat-freak heart! v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. She is a self-proclaimed clean freak. January 2021 • SanDiegofamily.com •


Christa Melnyk Hines

Should We Stay or Should We Go? How to know if your child has outgrown the pediatrician As kids get older, they may


Is it time to find a new physician? It depends. According to Amanda Styers, FNP-BC, who specializes in adolescent primary care, parents should talk to their kids about comfort level with their current physician and discuss preferences. “Some children will be fine seeing their beloved pediatrician throughout childhood and adolescence, while others may feel out of place as they develop more ‘grown up’ concerns and issues,” Styers says.

Pediatricians are specially trained to address health issues ranging from birth to age 21, and over the years, establish a relationship with patients and their families. “We know their history. If they’ve come in for well visits regularly, by the time they’re 15, we‘ve seen them something like 25 times. So, there’s that personal knowledge of the patients and what their issues are,” says pediatrician Steve Lauer, MD. “Our goal is to continue to see those patients and help them get ready for adult life and adult medical care.” Consider your child’s overall health before switching pediatricians. If your child has a chronic health issue like cystic fibrosis, pediatric-specific GI illnesses or Down syndrome, it might be a good idea to stick with your pediatric specialist. Specializing in both pediatrics and internal medicine, Dr. Paul Moore sees patients from newborn through adulthood. “When to transition from a pediatric practice to an adult practice depends on the health of the patient,” Moore says. “Typically, the pediatric specialist will

start to resist going to the pediatrician’s office, where they are surrounded by babies and toddlers and nurses dressed in teddy bear scrubs. They probably have adolescent worries such as puberty, sex, substance abuse, peer pressure, anxiety or depression. They may feel nervous talking about genderrelated issues with a physician of the opposite sex, even though they’ve known their doctor since they were newborns themselves.

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work with children who have chronic illnesses through their early 20s and even later. Some of the diseases we [treat] in children, adult specialists are not as familiar with.”

Pediatric Communication As children reach adolescence, patient confidentiality and privacy become growing issues. Teaching kids to communicate directly with their doctor should start by the time children are school age. “When I see pediatric patients (age 4 or 5) I’m looking at them and talking with them (instead of parents) to try to get them used to engaging with providers,” Moore says. “When they hit age 10, 11, 12, I bring up the idea of ‘Do you want your parent in for your exam? Do you want your parents out for the exam? Are you comfortable with that?’”

Trust Is Essential “Finding a medical provider that children are personally comfortable with is key to developing their ability to advocate for personal health as they grow into adulthood,” Styers says. Moore agrees. “The teenage years are so hard between hormonal changes, social changes and peer pressure. We see a higher incidence of depression, anxiety and suicide at that age. Accidents are also increased at that age. Having someone they feel comfortable talking with [who] can intervene before it’s too late is very important,” he says. As children get older, pediatricians may start talking to parents about leaving the room for exams. This gives adolescents a confidential space to address health concerns or ask questions they might be embarrass to discuss in front of you. “Encouraging children to be open and honest about difficult topics often comes with assurances that their conversations will be private,” Styers says. “This may be difficult for parents to adjust to, but effective treatment often relies on honest communication that is not possible with parents present.” Don’t worry, physicians will likely encourage teens to talk to parents, too.

WHEN TO GO If kids are uncomfortable or selfconscious about seeing a pediatrician because the doctor is of the opposite sex, it’s time to find a new doctor. “Going to a doctor where your child might not be open and honest is not useful,” Styers says. While teens won’t be ready for a physician specializing in adult care, look for a family care physician who is trained to treat patients of all ages, and is comfortable addressing common teen issues ranging from sports injuries to anxiety, depression and ADHD. Another option: seek a pediatrician whose focus is only adolescent medicine. Some pediatric practices set aside rooms designed with older patients in mind.

Teach Kids to Advocate for Themselves

own health care and give them an opportunity to do that,” Lauer says. Encourage kids to think about questions they want to ask the physician. They might have concerns about mental health (depression, anxiety), sexual health or social stressors such as vaping or bullying. “There’s a lot of stuff out there that every adolescent has questions about,” Lauer says. “If they come prepared and have thought about it—even for a few minutes—it makes for a much more informative and productive conversation on both sides. We’re ready to talk. If our patients aren’t, it’s not nearly as useful a visit.” v

Additional Resources American Academy of Pediatrics, www.AAP.org www.KidsHealth.org Christa Melnyk Hines is a freelance writer whose two adolescent sons push back about most everything these days, but seem perfectly content with their pediatrician.

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San Diego is one of the best locations to watch whales yearround. Daily cruises, 9:30 am–1 pm & 1:30–5 pm. Adults, $50; Ages 4–12, $25; 3 & under free. Pier 2, 970 N. Harbor Dr., downtown. Make reservations at www.hornblower.com.

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friday | 1 New Year’s Day New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise. Toast to the New Year with a delicious brunch, free-flowing champagne and amazing San Diego Bay views. Noon–2 pm. Reservations required. Adults, $75; Ages 4-12, $45; 3 & under free. Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 Grape St., downtown. www.hornblower.com Holidays in Your Car. Discover a symphony of sight and sound in this drivethru event showcasing amazing holidaythemed light displays. Today & tomorrow,

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5–10 pm. $49–$64. Visit website for tickets. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.holidaysinyourcar.com FREE Northern Lights. The California Center for the Arts dazzles with a twinkling lights tunnel, a sparkling light display that dances to music and a snow machine on this self-guided walking tour. Through Jan. 3, 4:30–9 pm. 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org Wild Holidays at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Go on a holiday expedition of light and travel through places that glow and twinkle with holiday cheer. Today & tomorrow, 9 am–8 pm. Visit website for ticket prices. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. www.sdzsafaripark.org

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo. The Zoo is transformed into a wild wonderland of twinkling lights, seasonal decorations, lighted displays, music and joyful roaming entertainers. Through Jan. 3, 9 am–8 pm. Visit website for ticket prices. 2920 Zoo Dr., downtown. www.sandiegozoo.org FREE Salute the Season Art Walk. Inspired by the “Twelve Days of Christmas” chorale, the 12 installations will knit themes of unity and hope. Visitors will embark on a self-guided tour to see each expressive relic. Through Jan. 10. Liberty Station’s North and South Promenade. www.libertystation.com VIRTUAL Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The timeless tale of Ebenezer

Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. Through Jan. 3. $50 per household + fees. For tickets visit La Jolla Playhouse at www.lajollaplayhouse.org. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Meet furry and festive characters, enjoy classic shows, see a towering sea-themed Christmas tree and walk through a holiday music-activated Tunnel of Lights. Through Jan. 4. Visit website for admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Stroll through this outdoor collection of mechanical ingenuity and crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and rural community. Wed.–Sun., 10 am–4 pm. Adults, $5; Ages 6–12, $3; 5 & under free. 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. www.agsem.com Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru. Over 70 moving, walking and life-like animatronic dinosaurs. Jan. 1–3 & 6–10, 9 am–8 pm. $49 per vehicle. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.jurassicquest.com. 

saturday | 2 Holidays at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Walt’s Magical Railroad exhibit displays a variety of historical artifacts on loan from Walt’s Barn and the Christmas tree will delight adorned by the Jewels of the Season. Today & tomorrow, 11 am–4 pm. $6–$12.50. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. www.sdmrm.org

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FREE San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Whether you are a runner, hiker, birder, photographer or painter, San Elijo Lagoon provides natural solace and recreation. From sunrise to sunset, explore seven miles of easy-to-moderate trails. Open daily, 9 am–5 pm. 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. www.sdparks.org

VIRTUAL FREE First Friday ARTS DISTRICT. Features local artists as well as art demos and exhibits, live performances, live kids’ events and more. 4–8 pm. Visit www.libertystation.com for schedule.

wednesday | 6 VIRTUAL The Sky Tonight: The Wonders of Orion. Learn about Orion’s brightest stars, Rigel and Betelgeuse and explore the beautiful nebulae hidden amongst the stars of Orion. 7–8 pm. $5–$20. To register visit the Fleet Science Center at www.fleetscience.org.

thursday | 7 VIRTUAL Young Scientists: Human Body. Investigate bones, digestion and other amazing systems of the human body to discover what makes your body tick. For ages 3–5. Four-week class, Thursdays or Saturdays, 11 am. $70. To register visit www.fleetscience.org. VIRTUAL FREE Nature & Me Story Time. A new mini-episode across social media channels and on YouTube. Today & Jan. 21, 10:15 am. www.sdnat.org

saturday | 9 Kids in the Garden: Wonderful World of Worms. 10–11 am. $5. Pre-registration required at farmerjonesavbg@gmail.com. Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. www.altavistabotanicalgardens.org

sunday | 10 You Can Be a Veterinarian Camp. Have you ever hoped to save animals one day? See what veterinary professionals have to say. 1:30–5 pm. $80. For ages 9–16. Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. To register visit www.animalcenter.org.

monday | 11 FREE Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá. Take a self-guided walking tour of San Diego de Alcalá, the first of the twenty-one great California Missions founded on July 16, 1769 by Father

Junipero Serra. Open daily, 10 am–3 pm. 10818 San Diego Mission Rd. www.missionsandiego.org

tuesday | 12 FREE Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Hike one of the wildest stretches of land on our Southern California coast. See stunning overlooks, walk a peaceful trail and enjoy 1,500 acres of land filled with maritime chaparral, the rare Torrey pine and a lagoon. Open daily. 12600 N. Torrey Pines Rd. www.torreypine.org

wednesday | 13 Paws and Pages. Kids in grades 1-5 can read to animals in a non-judgmental environment. 5–6 pm. $10. Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. Register at www.animalcenter.org.

thursday | 14 FREE Borrego Springs Film Festival. See an incredible collection of films from all around the world. All films will be featured at the pop-up Drive-In theater. Jan. 14–18, 5 & 7:30 pm. The Mall in the center of Borrego Springs. www.borregospringsfilmfestival.org Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Critter Camp

Through hands-on interactions, crafts and activities, kids discover how to create a more compassionate and humane world. Interact with a goat, Madagascar hissing cockroach, chicken, snake and guinea pig. For grades K–6. Jan. 18, 9 am–3 pm. $85. Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. Register at www.animalcenter.org

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FREE Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses more than 8,000 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas. Hike to Old Mission Dam, Cowles Mountain or Pyles Peak. Open daily, 9 am–5 pm. One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego. www.mtrp.org

Cabrillo National Monument. Outdoor areas include tidepools, hiking and taking in the nearly-360 degree view of the City of San Diego, Pacific Ocean, Mexico and the surrounding mountains to the north and east. Open daily, 9 am–5 pm. $20 park entrance fee. www.nps.gov/cabr

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VIRTUAL Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND. Kids of all ages and abilities can run, walk, skip or stroll a mile around their neighborhood, school track or even home treadmill. Registered participants ages 3–13 will receive a tie-dye shirt, commemorative medal and 50% off one day LEGOLAND/SEA LIFE Hopper or LEGOLAND/Water Park Hopper tickets. 7:45–10 am. $35. Register at www.inmotionevents.com.

VIRTUAL After School Series: Habitat Heroes. Did you know there are many different habitats within our ocean? From the vast blue to the smallest homes, explore these amazing areas and the animals that live there through crafts, games, dancing, animal encounters and more. Six-week class, for grades K–1. Mondays or Tuesdays, 3–4 pm. $150. To register visit the Birch Aquarium at www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.

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Farmers Insurance Open. The PGA Tour comes to San Diego although spectators will not be permitted on site. Today through Jan. 31. Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla. www.farmersinsuranceopen.com

VIRTUAL Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Sun Run 5K. You can do the actual course, map a course in your neighborhood or even run on a treadmill. 6:15 am–1 pm. $39-$74 registration includes a t-shirt, a medal, souvenir bib and more. Register at www.inmotionevents.com.

monday | 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Critter Camp. See photo inset on opposite page.

wednesday | 20 San Diego Botanic Garden. Visit this 37-acre urban oasis with four miles of trails. Wed.–Sun., 10 am–5 pm. Adults, $18; Ages 3–17, $10; under 3 free. Prepurchase tickets at www.sdbgarden.org.

thursday | 21 VIRTUAL Nature & Me Story Time. See Jan. 7.

friday | 22 Children’s Nature Retreat. Explore the beautiful grounds and discover over 130 animals in their habitat. Thurs.–Sun., 10 am–5 pm. $20–$38; under 2 free. Reservations required. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. www.childrensnatureretreat.org

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wednesday | 27 VIRTUAL After School Series: Ocean Olympics. Humans aren’t the only ones who have amazing abilities. Explore some of the amazing feats that ocean animals are capable of. Six-week class, for grades 2–3. Wednesdays, 3–4 pm. $150. To register visit the Birch Aquarium at www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.

thursday | 28 VIRTUAL FREE Family Arts & Literacy Night: Route 66! Tune in to watch SDSU Performing Arts Troupe present a performance titled “American Highway Songbook - Route 66.” 6:30–8 pm. Register at www.sd.kroccenter.org. VIRTUAL After School Series: Be an Aquarist. Have you ever wondered what it is like to work behind the scenes at an aquarium? Take a deep dive with us into what it really takes to keep our animals healthy and discover all the amazing things aquarists do every day. Six-week class, for grades 4–5. Thursdays, 3–4 pm. $150. To register visit the Birch Aquarium at www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.

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Cold-Fighting Smoothie A smoothie may be the last thing on your mind when it’s chilly outside, but the ingredients (spinach, kale, mango, pineapple, apple and orange juice) are packed with vitamins and nutrients that boost little immune systems. Even better, the taste of this cold-fighting smoothie is kid-approved! Find the recipe at www.theseasidebaker.com/cold-fighting-smoothiehealthy-green-smoothie.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins Here’s a sweet treat that sneaks veggies into snack time. Picky eaters love the flavor from chocolate chips, but it’s the zucchini that makes these muffins moist and delicious. Get the recipe at www.theseasidebaker.com/ chocolate-chip-zucchini-muffins.

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Early Intervention Services are Available California Early Start is a state and federally funded program that provides free assessments to infants and toddlers and, if needed, important therapeutic services (free to eligible families) early enough to make a huge impact in a child’s development. Services provided include early intervention instruction; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; medical diagnosis/evaluation. It’s easy to begin the process! Call the San Diego Regional Center at 858-496-4318 or the Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) at 619-594-7416. Se habla español. A representative from the organization will ask a few questions about your child. You will receive a follow up call to schedule the developmental evaluation for eligibility. Once your referral is complete, you will be contacted by a Service Coordinator who will explain the Early Start Program. Learn more about the San Diego Regional Center Early Start Program at www.sdrc.org.

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