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GROWN-UP MEAN GIRLS

They ostracize you from social circles, spread false rumors behind your back and can cut you to the core with a subtle glance that speaks volumes.


You may think you're back in junior high, but you're not. The girls who were bullies in school have simply grown up. And now they're showing up in moms' groups, PTA functions and at work. Only this time, they should know better, and you can't run crying to your parents for help.

FISHING FOR FUN

Monterey is one of those wonderful reasons to live in the Bay Area. Hardly two hours away, it works as a day trip. But once you've arrived, there's plenty to entice you to stay awhile.


It's home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, pristine golf courses and breathtaking natural resources. Plus, it's all set in a temperate climate that can remind even the most frazzled parent that it's time to stop and smell the intoxicating sea breeze rolling in from ...

THE QUESTION OF KINDERGARTEN

San Anselmo mom Kelly Krill is experiencing a frustrating dilemma shared by many parents: Is her son ready for kindergarten?


Her son's preschool teacher suggests he wait another year and instead enroll in a Pre-K class, but Krill balks at paying more than $1,000 a month to cover the cost. Plus, she's not quite convinced he needs another year in preschool.

POTTY TRAINING 101

Mention the word potty training and it's likely to elicit the same response in children and parents alike: why bother?


For toddlers, taking the time to go to the bathroom is just another distraction from playtime. For parents, it means dropping everything at the most inopportune times and rushing to the bathroom to ensure an untimely “accident” doesn't occur. At least diapers allow parents to contain the pee-pee or poo-poo until they're good and ready to deal with it.

Eventually, however, everyone has to take the plunge ...

IN THE CAMERA'S EYE

You see them in your favorite children's catalogs: bright, happy faces playing on kid-size furniture, puzzling over a fun toy and wearing the latest fashions. Just like their adult counterparts, child models are used to sell everything from toothpaste to vacations to ridiculously priced nursery gear.


Where do they come from? Chances are, right here in the Bay Area.


For those curious about child modeling, hesitations abound. 

A PRECIOUS TRUTH, CUIK MAGAZINE

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