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Membership Assistance

Membership Assistance

The YMCA of Austin announced that more than 5,000 Austin-area families received financial assistance for YMCA membership in 2016 through the Y’s Membership for All program. “The Y is an important part of our young family’s life,” says Angela G., a Membership for All...

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Computer Science  Education

Computer Science Education

A new $5 million grant from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) aims to increase the number of Texas educators certified to teach computer science. UT Austin’s WeTeach_CS program will use the grant to provide intensive, sustained K-12 professional development. “TEA’s...

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Team Sports

Team Sports

An Austin mom and CEO announced the launch of an app to help streamline youth sports team management and game day information for busy parents and coaches. Name the Teammate puts roster, team and venue information right at a parent’s fingertips and makes it easier for...

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Sensory-Friendly Style

Sensory-Friendly Style

In January, stylists and managers at Cookie Cutters received training on techniques to ensure that children with special needs have a satisfying haircutting experience. The salon is one of the first local businesses to partner with the Autism Society of Texas to...

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Family Matters
Will My Vegetarian Teen Get Enough Nutrients?

Will My Vegetarian Teen Get Enough Nutrients?

Q.  Our 14-year-old son came home from school and announced he is now a vegetarian. This decision surprised us, because he’s never liked vegetables. Why do you think a hamburger-loving, vegetable-hating kid would suddenly decide to become a vegetarian? What can a...

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How Can I Help My Traumatized Kids?

How Can I Help My Traumatized Kids?

Q. I recently left a bad relationship in which I was abused. I thought my kids (3, 7 and 13) were tough and would bounce right back. But friends have suggested I seek therapy for them. How can I tell if they are traumatized, and how can I help them? A. Many children...

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Should You Force Your Kids to Play Together

Should You Force Your Kids to Play Together

Q. I volunteered at my 2nd grader’s school recently, and I noticed one of the boys (“Jimmy”) was ignored by the other kids. It broke my heart. When I asked my son about it later, he said Jimmy is hard to play with. I thought I’d raised a child who would be more...

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Do Kids’ Gifts Need to Be Equal?

Do Kids’ Gifts Need to Be Equal?

Q.  I always dread gift opening time at my house, because the kids count gifts and tally value in their heads. They often accuse me of favoring one over another. Should I be counting boxes or making sure my receipts add up to the same amount? A.  You’re not alone in...

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Education
When I Grow Up:  Career Insights for Your Child

When I Grow Up: Career Insights for Your Child

With the holidays past, spring break on tap and summer still a few months away, March is a great time to take stock of how your child’s school year has gone and think about what lies ahead. It’s also a great time for kids to reflect on where their interests lie—...

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Can Your Child Be Spanked at School?

Can Your Child Be Spanked at School?

Last month, I wrote of the impressive efforts being made to bring social and emotional learning into Austin schools, where mindfulness and other techniques are helping children manage their emotions more productively. This month, I take a look at something that stands...

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Shopping For Gifts? We Test Drove Cool Possibilities

Shopping For Gifts? We Test Drove Cool Possibilities

Selecting winter holiday gifts for children can be a challenge, especially when you strive to combine educational benefit, affordability and fun. Here is a look at five toys that may give you some food for thought, including reactions from a few local families...

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Feature Articles
6 Tips for Raising a Baby Who Loves Veggies

6 Tips for Raising a Baby Who Loves Veggies

Planning to start your baby on solid food this season? Think green: Research shows that babies who eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruits before their first birthday are more likely to be veggie-lovers at age 6. Here’s how to get more of the season’s best produce...

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Apples to Apples: Is Organic Produce Worth the Cost?

Apples to Apples: Is Organic Produce Worth the Cost?

When you shop for groceries, do you wonder if that organic apple is worth the extra dollar a pound? And what is that extra dollar buying you, anyway?  A September 2012 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that organic produce does not have any...

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Humor
3 Ways  to Trick Your Toddler

3 Ways to Trick Your Toddler

Before I had kids, I looked down on pregnant women and families with kids chowing down on fries and burgers. I’d smirk smugly to myself and think, When I’m pregnant, I’ll only eat organic, and my kids will be born eating kale. I was naïve and didn’t know the first...

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All I Want For Valentine’s Day is (Not) You

All I Want For Valentine’s Day is (Not) You

Dear husband (and children), Please do not take this personally, but I would prefer to not see you on Valentine’s Day. If you are stuck on what to buy as a gift, or what grand gesture to perform, please know I am easy. Skip the chocolate and roses (boring), and just…...

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A Better Life Through  Sleep Deprivation

A Better Life Through Sleep Deprivation

Nothing prepares you for the newborn night terrors. I’m talking those long nights of being awoken every other hour by your new baby, going cross-eyed while trying to stay awake during a breastfeeding session and watching your husband sleep peacefully just inches...

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5 Reasons Why Santa Actually Is Terrifying

5 Reasons Why Santa Actually Is Terrifying

Maybe your child adores Santa Claus and has loved taking pictures with him since infancy. If so, this piece is not for you. It’s for the rest of us: the optimists, the believers—each year we take our kids to see Santa, hopeful we’ll snap the perfect shot, only to...

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Lifelines
How Much Sugar Is Your Child Consuming?

How Much Sugar Is Your Child Consuming?

“Kids can’t help it! We love sweets,” laments Jonas, a 3rd grader at UT Elementary. That’s confirmed by a recent report showing US children consume about 19 teaspoons of added sugars a day—more than 3 times the recommended amount. And parents love to give kids sweets:...

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Are You Treating Your Child’s Cough the Right Way?

Are You Treating Your Child’s Cough the Right Way?

Chances are, your child will get a cough this year. In fact, coughs are one of the most common reasons that children see a doctor. To make sure your child gets better and not worse, you must be knowledgeable and prepared. It’s important to know what to do, what not to...

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Protect Your Baby from  SAFE SLEEP SABOTAGE

Protect Your Baby from SAFE SLEEP SABOTAGE

Did well-meaning relatives shower your baby with holiday gifts that could be dangerous? Fuzzy baby blankets, cute stuffed animals and cheerful bumper pads can pose a serious risk to babies if parents don’t know about recent safe sleep recommendations. Placing these...

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