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Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo - Brings Back the Sci-Fi Feel of the 80s
For those of use who hold a special place in our hearts for the sci-fi films of our youth such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, this film may seem like a blast from the past, only with new and fun twists. The story follows a group of kids who embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "This movie brings the old sci-fi feel of the 80s back to life. It has the same style, which is my favorite." Kendyl P. adds, "Earth to Echo is a mind blowing movie. If you are a fan of movies like E.T. or discovering aliens from space, this movie is perfect for you." Kayla P has one last thought, "The actors are spectacular. They make the film come alive and make you feel like you are on the journey with them. Earth to Echo is the perfect summertime movie for the entire family." 

 Earth to Echo will be in theatres July 2, 2014, don’t miss it.

Are you a parent of a 2-5 years old?

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If so, you may be eligible for a reserach study examining the effects of journaling on parenting stress, mood, well-being and self-compassion!  That's in it for you?
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Go from Survive to Thrive -

Finally feel ready to go back to work!
Come and get your return to work game-plan that supports your mind, body and spirit during this challenging time.  Learn about your maternity leave rights, breast pumping at work tips, checklists, "must-dos" and enjoy mindful practices that will support your emotional well-being.
Tuesday, July 15, 1-2pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC  Registration is required here.

Magical Tips for Traveling with Teens

Disneyland® Resort is not just for little kids, teenagers can enjoy the resort as well! There’s so much to see and do from
day to night. Here are some magical travel tips for traveling with teenagers. 
Get Connected
Before leaving home, teens can check out what’s new at the Disneyland® Resort by looking at recent posts on
Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. They can also explore on their mobile device. This planning tool has great information about park hours, attractions, show times and more. It can really help map out day and nighttime activities.
Create a “Must-Do” List
At Disney California Adventure® Park, teens can gear up for excitement on Radiator Springs Racers, California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel and Soarin’ Over California. The thrills continue at Disneyland® Park with “must-do” attractions like Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Some attractions offer a single-rider line which is perfect for teens who want to experience an attraction more than once. Disney FASTPASS® Service can also
help reduce wait times at many popular attractions.
Enjoy Mealtime Together
Spend quality time with your teenager by selecting a meal time and place to meet up. A quick-service dining location offers a perfect place to get together, share a meal and swap stories about your many adventures at the Disneyland® Resort.

Don't forget Parent Connection members receive a discount on tickets and season passes.  Click here to find out your discount.
Expectant Mom Support. Indulge your cravings for chocolate and cheese fondue while mingling with other expectant moms going through the same stages of pregnancy.  We'll "shower" you with raffles as well as helpful tips from our parenting experts.
Thursday, July 17, 6:30-8:30pm, The Melting Pot-UTC 
Cost:  $30/person  Register here.

Positive Discipline & Self Esteem

Nonie Levi, MFT will discuss how to use positive reinforcement to get your child's cooperation and build a strong relationship with your child through mutual respect.  You'll learn the difference between discipline and punishment and how to keep your child's self-esteem intact.
Monday, July 21, 7-8:30pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC   Free for Parent Connection members, $10/non members.  Registration is required here:

Hullabaloo Band & Doodle Bug Designs

Hullabaloo is a farm-fresh, free-range, organic kid-folk in a genre filled with musical Twinkies and Ding-Dongs.
Friday, July 18, 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
$3/Parent Connection family or $5/family non members
Doodle Bug Designs will also be available during this time for clay impressions.

Healthy Chats for Girls

This popular 2 1/2-hour seminar presents accurate information for mothers and daughters (9-11 years old) about the normal physical and emotional changes that preteens experience during puberty. Dr. Chrystal de Fretias, pediatrician and mother of three, will be leading this discussion.  The cost is $60/mother & daughter pair.  For more information, go to
Sunday, July 27, 2:30-5pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
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