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‘Tis the season

Christmas lights

‘Tis the season to ooh and awe. As long as I can remember, driving down Meadow Lane and Lincoln Avenue have been an annual tradition. Of course, things are much grander now than they were when I was a kid. And as Christmas gets closer, the traffic gets heavier.  So my advice–park the car, bundle [...]

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With a little help from my friends

This past week was truly inspirational. I had the privilege of spending several days with smart, passionate leaders from around the country. The stories behind our work varied as did the shape Of the work. But we were all there because of our deep commitment to children and families. Sitting among these passionate and accomplished [...]

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Moms, Be Kind to Yourself this Holiday Season

We all want to be our best selves for our kids. And at this time of year, it can be easy to focus on our failings. So I am here to publically admit all of my shortcomings this holiday season. My kids will be upset when the elf doesn’t move.  I pray that I am able to remember all of the secret [...]

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Futsol for Stockton

If you are a soccer mom like me you have dreaded the start of indoor soccer season because it means lots of driving…driving to Manteca or maybe Elk Grove.  Soccer community, rejoice…we now have an indoor soccer facility! WePlay is officially open for business and is currently accepting teams and players for their first futsol [...]

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Let’s all help students feel connected to school

I came across this picture and I loved it….  Why? Because it is an important reminder that we, as adults, have a role to play in caring for the hearts and minds of children. Since high school I have tried to understand and help kids who were labeled ”troublemakers.” Back then I was a peer advisor, then I [...]

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Giving girls a different message

As the mom of two girls, one of whom is nearly a tweener, I am concerned about the messages we give our daughters related to body image, beauty, intelligence and kindness. Every girls should feel beautiful inside and out. And every girl should feel powerful. Sadly, too many girls don’t feel this way.  And too [...]

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Summer Camp Misery

When I was a kid, I didn’t   go to summer camp. I went to abuelita’s house. And this was fine with me because there were cousins for playmates, bikes to ride and plenty of trees to climb. Things are a bit different for my girls. One set of grandparents lives 3 hours away. And [...]

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

There is no better way to beat the heat than ice cream. For the calorie conscious, there are frozen yogurt shops like Yogurt My Way or Tutti Fruitti Frozen Yogurt. For the budget conscious, head to Baskins Robbins on Tuesday night. You can enjoy Family Nights and get the entire family ice cream for less [...]

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The World Cup has turned me into a sports fan

Anyone who knows me knows that I AM NOT a sports fan. I didn’t grow up with sports and don’t really enjoy being a spectator. But this year something changed. This year I am fully on the #TEAMUSA bandwagon. Why the sudden change?  I can’t say for certain. I have unenthusiastically watched the world cup [...]

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Music brings us together

One of my favorite things about summer is music in the park. It is a family tradition. One that my own children have come to love. Each week we potluck, hauling in more food than will ever be eaten. We pitch the table, spread out the blankets, and pop open the lawn chairs and settle [...]

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    Jessica Dalesandro Mindnich, Ph.D.

    A native of Stockton, Jessica Mindnich is a wife and mother of two. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Education from U.C. Berkeley and has expertise in child development, family socialization and academic achievement. Read Full
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