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Letter from the Editor June 2013

Rachel Kalina

Typing from my new home in “suburbia,” I see flashes of red and orange against the lush greenery outside— a stark contrast to my old cityscape view with gray rooftops. A pair of cardinals take turns feeding their chick, peeping for attention. Recently, I’ve seen the babe’s upturned head and wide, yellow beak as she awaits her next meal. This real-life miracle highlights the simple family unit, reflecting the vital role parents play in a child’s life. Our young come into this world entirely dependent, and we do our best to guide them.

This month, all the papa birds are treated to a parenting cheat sheet with “Daddy Does It” by Jennifer M. Koontz. The article’s ten tips ensure that when Father’s Day arrives, pops will get an “A+” for making the most of bonding with the kids.

Of course, a great way for not only dad but also everyone to focus on family time is to take a trip together. Turn to “Mapped Out” by the woman with wanderlust, Kara Mayer Robinson. The author has planned a comprehensive itinerary that takes you through California’s must-see spots, from NorCal to SoCal and beloved beaches to towering redwoods.

When you return to roost again, find the coolest places to celebrate an upcoming occasion with our Birthday Directory. Entertainers, sweet confections, and other party vendors also abound within its jam-packed pages. For unique gift ideas to offer the child who already has everything, Lisa Tranum’s “Picture-Perfect Birthday” instructs how to change cherished photos into memorable presents.

Additionally, discover the way science and special needs are intersecting to improve the lives of those with neurodevelopmental disorders. In “Genetic Testing for Autism,” authors Andy Peiffer, M.D., Ph.D., and Jonathan Tarbox, Ph.D., BCBA-D, share how DNA sampling may lead to more accurate diagnoses and early intervention.

After six and a half years at PARENTGUIDE News, I’m proud to embrace my new role as editor-in-chief. I hope to maintain the same level of high-quality content that’s been featured here for more than three decades as you nurture your own nest.

Enjoy the start of summer!

Rachel Kalina