Redirecting Teen Outrage

Researchers have suggested for years that the enormous amount of food marketing bombarding kids and teens contributes to rising levels of obesity. New research published in Nature Human Behaviour suggests an ingenious workaround: exposing teenagers to the food...

Recycling Toothbrushes

Your old toothbrush, toothpaste tube and floss containers can have new life as playground equipment. TerraCycle, Colgate, CVS and the Starlight Children’s Foundation have teamed up for a program that collects used toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes and floss...

Tax-free Emergency Supplies

With the potential for severe weather approaching, the state is allowing Texans to purchase certain items tax-free during the sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, which occurs April 27-29. “While we can’t know in advance when the next flood, tornado...

Whooping Cough Vaccinations

Austinites in a medically underserved area will receive vaccinations to prevent whooping cough and tetanus, thanks to a grant from the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise – Immunize program. TMA recently awarded a grant to Dell Medical School to help provide...

Free AISD Physicals

Austin ISD will offer free physicals for middle and high school students who want to participate in athletics, cheerleading or high school marching band in the 2019-20 school year. The physicals will be conducted in partnership with the Travis County Medical Society....

Community Service

A sophomore at Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin ISD received a silver medallion from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards as one of two top youth volunteers in Texas for 2019. The presentation took place at the Travis County Commissioners Court on April...
Barton Creek Square Mall Disney Junior Play Zone Austin Texas

Mall Play Dates

Barton Creek Square and Lakeline Mall invite the local community to a couple of Disney Junior Music Play Dates centered around music that aims to entertain and delight children of all ages. During the play dates, families will participate in activities such as an...
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15 Ideas for Unique Birthday Gifts

15 Ideas for Unique Birthday Gifts

Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary gift for a child’s birthday? This list of solid winners built around enduring childhood passions is sure to be a hit with the birthday boy or girl. As a bonus, you might just have a little fun putting these gift ideas together,...

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Student Leader Talks About Life with Autism

Student Leader Talks About Life with Autism

Thoughtful, eloquent and confident, Aaron Allen makes an impression in conversation. The senior at Del Valle High School has been through an experience that powerfully transformed his outlook and his self-image, and he’s happy to talk about it. Allen has autism, a...

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Lifelines
5 Reasons for Childhood Sunburn (and How to Prevent the Next One)

5 Reasons for Childhood Sunburn (and How to Prevent the Next One)

Uh oh – your child just showed signs of a sunburn. What can you do to treat it, and how can you prevent the next one? Unlike a burn from a hot stove, sunburn symptoms don’t appear right away. It could be up to 4 hours before you realize that your child has a sunburn....

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Are Supplements the Right Choice for Your Child?

Are Supplements the Right Choice for Your Child?

Many websites and social media posts encourage the use of supplements for children — sometimes with claims for treating specific medical conditions. How can you know which supplements your child needs, if any? Dr. Reshma Shah, a pediatrician interested in nutrition...

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What to Know About Food Allergies in Children

What to Know About Food Allergies in Children

More people have food allergies than ever before. The number of people with food allergies has increased by 50 percent over the past decade or so. According to FARE, a food allergy research and education advocacy group, one out of every 13 children has a food allergy...

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Strategies for Teaching Your Child to Swallow a Pill

Strategies for Teaching Your Child to Swallow a Pill

The day will come when your child will need to swallow a pill. Some children have no problem swallowing pills; others flatly refuse or are terrified. Here are some strategies for helping your child master this important skill. Pills vs Liquid Medicine Medicines for...

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Education
Reimagining a Bright Future for All Students

Reimagining a Bright Future for All Students

My oldest has never really fit the standard academic mold. She is a creative dreamer. She is gifted in art, and her singing voice has moved many people to tears, not just counting family. She’s obviously bright, inquisitive and finely tuned-in to people’s emotions....

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Play Breaks Give Students the Winning Edge

Play Breaks Give Students the Winning Edge

One look at a child, and you know she is meant to be a body in motion. Why then did schools begin reducing recess and physical education time? Many blame it on standardized testing, as the need to demonstrate good scores affected the prioritization of academics at the...

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Montessori Practices You Can Put to Work at Home

Montessori Practices You Can Put to Work at Home

Most parents have heard of Montessori schools and might have a basic understanding of how they operate. If you're like me, however, you haven't thought about incorporating Montessori practices into your home, especially if your child doesn’t attend a Montessori...

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Family Matters
Giving Up the Beloved Binky

Giving Up the Beloved Binky

Q. We’re expecting our first child, and I’m curious about pacifiers. My wife plans to breastfeed our baby. Will we still need or want to use a pacifier? And if we do, when is a good time to get the child to give up the pacifier? A. Sometimes when mothers breastfeed,...

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Parenting in Harmony Takes Work

Parenting in Harmony Takes Work

Q. My daughter and I got into a heated argument the other day. My husband was there, and he took my daughter’s side. It’s been bothering me ever since, and my relationships with both my husband and daughter have been affected. How can I make things right? A. I think...

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Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Q.  When my middle school daughter cried because she wasn’t put in the same English class as her best friend, I called the principal to request she be moved. I told my sister about it, and she called me a “lawnmower” parent. She said I make excuses for my daughter and...

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How to Get Teens Out of Bed in the Morning

How to Get Teens Out of Bed in the Morning

Q. We have two boys, ages 13 and 16. My husband leaves early for work, so it’s my job to get the boys up, ready for school and out to the car for the drive to school. I have to call them several times before they finally get up. By then I’m frantic, because we barely...

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Family Connections
Internet Challenges Quickly Captivate Young Brains

Internet Challenges Quickly Captivate Young Brains

In the summer of 2011, I did a dumb thing. Fueled by bravado, ego and vacation mischief, I gobbled down a “Man vs. Food” hamburger challenge, piled high with ghost chiles. Ghosts are associated with death for a reason. I writhed in pain, twirling in bed for 24 hours...

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Upcoming Technology for Cutting-Edge Families

Upcoming Technology for Cutting-Edge Families

Just as 2019 hits full stride, the technology giants are plying their newest wares. Last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as in every year, was an extravaganza of tech finery, providing a barometer for things to come. Not everything that happens in Vegas stays...

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Teens Have a Nuanced Relationship with Social Media

Teens Have a Nuanced Relationship with Social Media

Stereotypes of young people are hard to shake. Every ensuing generation seems to pepper their juniors with breathy judgment. For the past decade, the youthful use of social media has invited shrill suspicion. Jabs against supposed social and personal corrosion have...

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Letters to Santa in the Digital Age

Letters to Santa in the Digital Age

Recently, a friend of mine heard her kindergartener praying. She tip-toed to the door and eavesdropped. As she quietly listened in she realized, hilariously, that her daughter was praying to Santa. I smiled so hard it almost broke my face. Jelly Belly vs. Jesus for...

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