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Holls Goes Social by Hollie Eisenman 

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The Best Part of Living in Southern California

I grew up in a small country town in Southern Maine where you could count the traffic lights on one hand and going to the mall was a 25-minute trek. I love everything about Southern California — the sunshine, the beaches, the theme parks, the close proximity to everything, and of course our "Anaheim" Angels! (HUGE fan.)

My Favorite Local Kid-Friendly Activity

Southern California is full of fun things to do with the kiddos — theme parks and water parks, beaches, Pretend City, Discovery Cube, Angels games, and so much more. My twin girls are newborns (born July 24, 2011) so they are not quite ready for the roller coasters, but we do enjoy going for long stroller walks through the beautiful green parks, outdoor shopping centers, and, of course, Disneyland.

The Biggest Challenge of Raising a Child Here

When I was growing up in my small country town in Maine, kids could ride their bikes down the middle of the street, go to the park, and hang out with the neighbors, as long as they were home in time for dinner. You felt safe and secure and you felt like you could trust everyone you met. You never even had to lock your doors. Living in the city, you do not have the luxury of running around countless acres behind your home, or seeing moose run through your yard. (Yes, we had moose.) You have to go to a park to play if you don't have a backyard. Times have changed where you don't feel that you can trust everyone like you once used too. I certainly would not give my children the amount of freedom that I had to ride my bicycle all over town as long as I was home before dark. You always want to know exactly where your children are and now kids have cell phones as young as kindergarten. Yes, times have definitely changed and it will certainly be a challenge when my girls get older.

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