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Go Explore Nature by Debi Huang 

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The Best Part of Living in Southern California

Two things: location and weather. I love that there are so many different types of places to explore within about an hour of my home in West Los Angeles — from several state parks to the mountains, ocean and desert. And the mild temperature makes it easy to get outside year round. That’s important to me, especially since my blog is all about getting kids and families outside and connected to nature all year long.

My Favorite Local Kid-Friendly Activity

Anything that’s away from the crowds! We love to spend time outside. I don’t think most people realize how many beautiful, quiet and serene spaces there are to explore here in the urban jungle. We like bird watching at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, tide pooling at Leo Carrillo State Park, visiting botanical gardens and playing at different neighborhood parks. My six-year-old loves all things science, so we spend a fair amount of time at the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and even the Griffith Observatory.

The Biggest Challenge of Raising a Child Here

The biggest challenge raising kids in Los Angeles is trying to keep life simple. There seems to be a culture here that promotes and supports trying to do it all from day one. I’m more worried that my kids don’t have enough time to just be kids — to play, discover, even get bored — than I am about their school’s test scores. In this fast-paced environment, I sometimes feel like I’m swimming upstream when I opt not to sign my kids up for after-school activities like sports, music lessons, language classes and more. I once had a mom ask me why I wasn’t doing more for my kids. “Don’t you want the best for them?” Um, yeah. But sometimes less is best.

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