Hi, I’m Joanne and I started writing about parenting when my son needed to have open-heart surgery. I was terrified. I was scared of losing him, and I needed to feel like I could trust something, someone. So, I began to write as a way to get some of my own answers but also to have a place to express my anger, frustrations, and fears.

That was in 1997 and I’ve been writing about parenting ever since. I created this site because I wanted to connect with other local LA parents. I wanted to share what I learned and learn from others. I wanted to create a community of parents and children and create a place to love, laugh, and cry together.

According to the 2010 Community Profile for Los Angeles County, there are over 3 million households and 67.7 percent of those households consisted of families. About 32.5 percent of all households had children present with 6.6 percent of the county’s population being under the age of 5. Of the families with children, the majority were married couples while 22.7 percent were female-headed single parent households (like myself).

The Community Profile also points out that there are many residents of LA born in foreign countries and close to half native to the State of California. But no matter where you’re from, please join us!

As I mentioned, there are heartaches and wonderful joys to having children. After heart-surgery, my son had a reaction to the medication, and it took a long time for him to get recover. He slowly progressed but when it came time for him to start school, doctors were worried about whether there might be brain damage due to complications with getting enough oxygen to the brain prior to heart surgery. They cautioned me that he might be a “slow learner”. It is a miracle that he is as intelligent as he is! He is now attending Stanford and studying to be a doctor! His name is Justin, and he’s 19 already! Jenna is 16, Joyce is 13, and Julianna is 10! So, as you can see I’m still steeped in parenting!

The point is that parenting is a great journey, an odyssey really. It comes with great losses, joys, pains, and incredible fulfillment. Come join me on this wild adventure! Let’s help one another, share, love, laugh, and cry here. I think it’s fair to say that we need each other. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child.