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Sometimes, as a parent, I feel like I’m the only one experiencing a certain mood or behavior from my kid, even though I know that can’t possibly be the case. But that feeling of isolation has only grown worse over the course of the pandemic, and that’s why I was so excited to read our new series, “Parenting, Unfiltered: What Raising Kids In SoCal Really Looks Like.”

For the series, we asked 12 parents across the region to document their lives through photos. The results reveal the truth – the real truth – about what parenting looks like, complete with toddler and teenager messes, exhausted but proud moms and dads, and lived-in homes instead of Instagram-ready scenes.

The parents and kids range in age, and in family size and make-up. And it’s a refreshing and needed reminder that we’re all in this together – and going through lots of the same things.

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Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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California Kids: Last fall, KPCC/LAist gave cameras to 12 SoCal parents to document their lives – now, we have the results of what parenting really looks like, through their eyes. Here’s what we know so far about LAUSD’s plan to conduct its own COVID testing and contract tracing. Meanwhile, the district kicked off a new school year today with two days of online orientation. A new California law gives more say to ethnic studies faculty at Cal State to influence the undergraduate requirement.

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Coronavirus Updates: Following two weeks of decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations in California, there has been a slight increase – but California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says that officials “don't feel like we're moving in the wrong direction.”

Media Scandal: Ron Meyer, a former top talent agent who held senior positions at NBCUniversal for a quarter century, has been forced out of the media company after he revealed an extramarital affair and said he was the victim of a related extortion plot.

Save The Post Office: Local postal workers blasted cost-saving measures they said are hamstringing the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the presidential election. Reacting to a statement from the U.S. Postmaster General, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told us: “We've had to sue this administration 95 times to get them to follow the law. You would understand then why I'm a little concerned and skeptical about what they say.”

L.A. History: Daeida Wilcox Beveridge moved to Southern California with her husband in 1883, and went on to give Hollywood its name.

Here’s What To Do: Mystery Science Theater riffs on a Vincent Price camp classic, a documentary examines how a coup in Iran changed history, the cast of The Little Hours does a Q&A after a drive-in screening, and more in this week’s best online and IRL events.

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A line outside an administrative office at L.A. Unified's San Fernando Middle School on the first day of online-only classes.

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