We are Celebrating! Happy Dad’s Day and Happy Summer! School is already out for many students, or it will be out soon. Graduations and end-of-school parties happen this time of the year. Family Magazine gives you many party ideas on page 20; I love the money cake on page 22. You can also use these great ideas for birthday parties. Check out our summer toy review on page 24 if you are purchasing gifts. Find more toys at www.sandiegofamily .com. We would like to thank the San Diego County kids and parents who reviewed these toys. They are played with and tested and then we publish some of the best ones. Look for outdoor and water toy reviews in our July issue. Dad’s Day is June 16. Our Readers Page (p. 42) featuring local dads and kids, shows smiles and giggles. Many times it’s hard to get something special for Dad. Freelance Writer Anne Malinoski provides some new, cool ideas on page 16 for family day or personal day activities. Dads are important in our family lives. There are many dad support groups in the county — find some on page 18. Parenting is not easy. Many times we parent the way we were raised. That way may not be the best. By talking with other dads and mentors, new behaviors can be learned. Modeling good behavior is beneficial in many situations. Summer camps are still available. Check out our camp advertisers in this issue and look over our virtual camp fair at www.sandiegofamily.com. You will find the perfect camps for your kids. email@example.com
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Local dads share their versions of an ideal Father’s Day. Phillip Hynes of Imperial Beach, dad to Cash (3) and Rush (7; not pictured): My perfect day includes brunch with the family in Dana Point, followed by a day on Catalina Island. We’d play miniature golf, eat fish & chips dockside, see a movie at the Avalon Casino, visit the ice cream parlor, put the kiddos to bed and enjoy a nightcap on the patio.
Carmichael Koupaki of Mission Valley, dad to Cataleya (9 mos.): The ideal Father’s Day starts with hot cocoa and fresh bread with butter and honey. Then roller skating by the beach, lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, a nap and playing with my daughter as much as possible.
Jeffrey Obal of Imperial Beach, dad to Jeremy (2): My ideal Father’s Day is to wake up to a nice homemade breakfast, then spend the day at Disneyland with my wife and 2-year-old son.
Jimy Ruiz of Chula Vista, dad to Calisto (5): Father’s Day is not a once-a-year celebration — it’s every day! Our father/son bond blossoms and thrives every moment we spend together. Whether we are playing Rock-PaperScissors at home or enjoying a theme park, as long as we do things together, we are in a world of love, respect and happiness.