Archive for the ‘kids’ Category

Tips for Showing Visitors a Good Time

It’s Spring Break in Canada, and I’m happy to be hosting visitors to San Diego this weekend. To keep it fun, I’ve got a five sure-fire tips to pass along.

We took our guests to Torrey Pines State Park on Friday afternoon and cruised down to Flat Rock, watched dolphins play in the surf, and enjoyed the bluffs, caves and tidepools. Our friends loved Torrey Pines and said it was more fun than the outrageously expensive and crowded Disneyland experience they’d had the previous day. (more…)

East County Family Fun: Skate Parks, Not Just For the Pros

About a year ago, I moved to Easy County.  I was worried.  What would I do without the beach?  What would keep us busy on the weekends?  Turns out, East County has opened new doors of family fun for my gang. (My boyfriend and I each have a 4 year old.  He has a boy, I have a girl.)  We still head down to the beach and into “San Diego,” but we also have a slew of new activities at our fingertips we never knew about a year ago.

This weekend, we took the kids to the Skate Park at Woodglen Vista Park.   Kaleb was much more pumped about the idea of going skateboarding than Naomi; skateboarding is really his passion.  Naomi was more into her outfit, and her pretty Barbie skateboard.  But off we went, full helmet and pads on the ready.

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Confessions of a Soccer Mom

‘Tis the season for competitive soccer tryouts in San Diego. And if you’ve never played competitive soccer or spawned offspring that have, lucky you. You’ve been spared the occassional agony that is the competitive tryout.

One of my sons played recreational soccer before we went the competitive route, and, trust me, that’s no cakewalk either. During the one season of rec that I endured, a 13-year-old referree called off the game during the first half because a 40-year-old parent got all up in his face and wouldn’t get off the field. Nice job dad. Chalk one up for nobody.

Since we turned semi-pro, we’ve had a lot of great experiences and a few lousy ones. This season, we needed to move our kids to a team that practiced closer to their schools because, truth, we’re more concerned about their ability to get their homework done than we are about driving them 60 minutes roundtrip to play soccer for some club that’s all that and a bag of chips.

It’s taken a lot of work, but we’ve found a great situation for boy #1 and are at this minute waiting for the call for boy #2. However, after weeks and weeks of various kick arounds, callbacks, and full-on tryouts, unfortunately, the team boy #2 really wants to play on–the one his classmates, best friend and former teammates play on–indicated tonight that they might not have a place for him (I still hold out hope that they’ll come to their senses). And the team he has said he doesn’t want to play on has told us that they do have a place for him.

He’s just turned 10, so we’re mostly talking about his fragile little ego here and not whether he plays for the Galaxy some day.

But, wait a minute! At this age, his fragile little ego is exactly what this is all about. And as parents, it takes a lot for us to keep on our own game faces for him.

So, I think I’ll Blip an old Rolling Stones standby, sing along and hope it’s true that “You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes, you might find that you get what you need.”

Or, put a little less lyrically, that things have a funny way of working out for the best. Let’s hope so.

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