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Jenny is a winner of Top 25 SoCal Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in SoCal?

I love living in SoCal for so many reasons...the beaches, the mountains, the parks and hiking trails...and of course, the weather! We love being able to get outside and enjoy what the world has to offer all year round. And access to locally grown fruits and vegetables makes eating healthy and supporting the farming community really easy. We love to cook and come up with new recipes!

What's a great destination for a family vacation in SoCal?

We love spending time in Mission Bay, San Diego. It's nostalgic for me because I used to go there with my own family, and I love seeing my own kids love it just as I did. From scootering around the Bay, boating and water sports, to the big attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Sea World, we always have a blast.

What do your kids love most about living in SoCal?

That one's easy...,the beach! My kids are such California kids...they want to go to the beach every single weekend and can spend hours there, even on days when it's cold and foggy. We make sand castles and play in the waves and eat picnics on the sand. Having grown up in New England, sometimes it's hard for me to believe this is their "normal"!

What's your favorite beach for families in SoCal?

Jenny Feldon

My family and I love Sycamore Cove Beach in Point Mugu State Park. It's the perfect blend of rocky bluffs, giant, climb-able dunes and soft sand stretches so everyone can find their favorite spot to play. The water is calm enough for body surfing and wading, and there are always great rocks and shells to find on our beach walks. Picnic tables are a great place to have lunch without getting sand in our sandwiches, and a generous parking lot makes hauling all that kiddo beach stuff a lot easier!
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When your child has a friend who is a bad influence, what can you do?

Jenny Feldon

We talk a lot about "different families, different rules." It's hard to keep the focus on good behavior without slamming someone else's parenting skills! So when I see a playdate or a situation at preschool going into dangerous territory, I try to pull my daughter aside, remind her of the values we practice in our family, and guide her toward better choices. Doesn't always work, but it keeps the peace all the way around (most of the time.) We talk through tricky situations at the end of the day and think out loud together about ways to make them better. It's tricky finding a balance because I don't want to limit her time with her friends (even if they aren't always the best influences!) Keeping an open dialogue and respecting that different families operate in different ways is my best strategy!
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What's an affordable and fun family activity?

Jenny Feldon

One of my family's favorite activities are our neighborhood scavenger hunts. Armed a list of things to find (something red, the letter S, a tricycle, a white dog, something round) and a pencil, we cruise the neighborhood on foot or on bikes and find as many items as we can. The person who "collects" the most items gets to pick our post-scavenger hunt treat--usually an ice cream cone or a popsicle from the ice cream truck. Fun, affordable, and as long as Mom and Dad keep those lists creative, never boring!
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What are some creative ways that a bride can involve children in her wedding day?

Jenny Feldon

Having children involved in a wedding is one of the best ways to make the sometimes difficult transition to a new chapter in family life. Make kids feel like they're an important part of the process in the weeks leading up to the event by letting them in on the details...helping to craft favors, stuff invitation envelopes, or choose items for a registry. Picking special outfits for the occasion (whether it's formal or backyard casual) can also be a fun family activity to get kids excited for the big day. On the wedding day, consider them act as "best man" or "maid of honor" and stand up with the bride and groom during the vow exchange. Special mother/child dances are great for singling out the (other) most important person in the bride's life. Or hand over the microphone, keep your fingers crossed, and let them take over as MC for the afterparty!
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What's your go-to snack for your kids?

Jenny Feldon

My favorite go-to snacks are apple slices, roasted seaweed (my kids are total addicts) and fruit "chips" like dehydrated blueberries, strawberries and bananas. I feel better when the only ingredient on the label is the fruit itself, and the kids think they're getting a special treat. Win-win :)
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