Cody Hopkins Invitational Bull Riding and Bullfight West Nile Virus

West Nile Awareness

The family of a 13-year-old who died from West Nile encephalitis has founded an annual event to raise awareness of the West Nile virus and benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The Cody Hopkins Invitational Bull Riding and Freestyle Bullfight will take place on Oct. 6...
Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Texas Red Shoe Luncheon

Charity Luncheon

Over 300 guests wearing red shoes joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX) in early September for the annual Red Shoe Luncheon. During the presentation, guests not only learned about RMHC CTX’s programs but were also able to hear directly...
SaulPaul All Star Anthems

New Music

Austin's SaulPaul has released a new album for children ages 5 to 12. "All Star Anthems" promotes social and emotional learning and features collaborations with young musicians including Alexia (age 12), Lil Mike (age 11), Jack (age 7) and groups of students from...
BookSpring Sanchez Elementary

Summer Reading Celebration

BookSpring recently celebrated the completion of its Summer Success reading program by partnering with Atlassian to give away new bikes at Galindo Elementary.  BookSpring’s Summer Success reading program is designed for 1st and 2nd grade students. “Summer is actually...

Education Award Nominations

H-E-B is now accepting nominations for educators to apply for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Each year, these awards highlight a variety of educators who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and communities. Public...

Genes and School Success

Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but a new study out of UT Austin says their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed. The study, published in npj Science of Learning by researchers from UT Austin and...

Free Museum Admission

Two opportunities for free museum admission are coming to Austin this September. Smithsonian Magazine will hold its nationwide Museum Day Live on Sept. 22. To download a ticket and get more information, visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday. A ticket is good for the...
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Boy or Girl?  These 25 Gender Reveals Help You  Share the News

Boy or Girl? These 25 Gender Reveals Help You Share the News

Mere moments after announcing a pregnancy, the question pops out, “Is it a boy or a girl?” Every new parent wants to celebrate their new baby in a big way, and the announcement is just the beginning. Step outside the cake cutting or box of balloons and find a new way...

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Best Neighborhoods  in Austin for  Young Families

Best Neighborhoods in Austin for Young Families

Over the past decade or so, Austin has become a highly desirable destination for people from all over the US. And for good reason: for the second year in a row, “US News and World Report” named Austin number one on its “Best Places to Live” list. Austin’s natural...

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A Next-Level Teen Volunteer

A Next-Level Teen Volunteer

It’s common to hear about teens doing volunteer work; some want to help a specific organization, some are looking for ways to keep busy and others hope to round out their resumes. But Haley Betron has taken volunteering to the next level. Only just entering her junior...

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Don’t Let Bed Bugs Become Part of Your Summer Travel

Don’t Let Bed Bugs Become Part of Your Summer Travel

Summer is here, and the travel session is in full swing. We love the idea of family trips. The fun, the memories, the souvenirs, and … bed bugs? WHAT?! If there’s any souvenir we do NOT want coming home with us after our trips this summer, it’s BED BUGS!...

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RSV: What You Need to Know

RSV: What You Need to Know

Every year, respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV, an illness in the lungs and breathing passages) causes over 2 million doctor’s visits among young children in the US. About 57,000 of these children are so sick, they need to be treated in a hospital. The American...

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Does Your Child’s School Support Health and Wellness?

Does Your Child’s School Support Health and Wellness?

We want our children to be healthy. When they’re at home, we offer nutritious food, encourage exercise and promote wellness. But once school begins, our kids spend many of their waking hours at school. So, does your child’s school support or sabotage health and...

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UV Exposure — Are You at Risk in Your Car?

UV Exposure — Are You at Risk in Your Car?

You probably know it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays at the pool or beach. But did you know you’re at increased risk from ultraviolet (UV) radiation in your car?   About 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left side of the...

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How Much Do You Know About Scoliosis?

How Much Do You Know About Scoliosis?

Did you know that one out of 40 people in the US has scoliosis? The condition is a deformity of the spine — instead of being straight, it curves sideways and may look like an “s” or a “c.” June is National Scoliosis Awareness month. One goal of this campaign is to...

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Education
529 College Savings Plans, Explained

529 College Savings Plans, Explained

Saving for college can be overwhelming - the savings options alone can make your head spin! The 529 plan is arguably the most well-known college savings vehicle. This overview will give you a better understanding of the popular plan and can help you make the best...

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How I Learned to Love Collaborative Classrooms

How I Learned to Love Collaborative Classrooms

It's hard to believe summer is almost over and our kiddos will soon be heading back to school! I still remember those final summer days when I nervously waited to learn which teacher would be mine and which friends would be in my class. Now that I'm a parent, the...

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Weird Science: Three Projects for Home Exploration

Weird Science: Three Projects for Home Exploration

You can’t read a parenting magazine these days without coming across the acronym STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We all know it’s important to expose our children to these disciplines, but do you ever find yourself feeling a little intimidated...

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Educational Places to Take Kids This Summer

Educational Places to Take Kids This Summer

Summertime in Austin gets H-O-T. Usually around mid-July, I struggle to come up with things to do with my kids that don’t involve water or dark movie theaters. Determined to enter this summer with a plan that both shakes up our lackluster routine and sneaks in some...

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Family Matters
Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Q.  We were eating in a restaurant when my 16-year-old son blurted out “You’re bad parents!” This presumably because we took away his cell phone during the meal. He said he was expecting an important text from his girlfriend. He and his sister left and started walking...

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11 Things to Try When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

11 Things to Try When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

Q. My son is 14 and often refuses to go to school. Sometimes, I can convince him to get in the car, but then he’ll refuse to go inside. If I walk him into the school, later he’ll have a physical complaint such as a stomachache or headache, and I’ll get a call from the...

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Little by Little, Work on Skills All Summer

Little by Little, Work on Skills All Summer

Q. This summer, all my kids want to do is have fun. They ask to swim and play all day. They ask to eat junk food while skipping vegetables and fruit. I enjoy the summer break too, but when do I need to get them ready for the next school year? A. I’m all in for summer...

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Just Lively or Something Else:  Do My Boys Have ADHD?

Just Lively or Something Else: Do My Boys Have ADHD?

Q. My husband and I have two boys (3 and 6), and both their teachers tell me they can’t sit still. The younger one won’t stay on the rug during story time. His older brother is often in trouble for not staying in his seat. I know the teachers are frustrated, and I...

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Family Connections
Shield Your College Student from Identity Theft

Shield Your College Student from Identity Theft

Back to school. Every year is more surreal as our kids seem to age at warp speed.   This is especially true for parents faced with tearfully remembering the first day of kindergarten as they drive away from newly furnished dorm rooms with college-level well-wishes...

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3 Apps (and More) for Learning to Read

3 Apps (and More) for Learning to Read

This is the first sentence of this article, and the fact that you can read it isn’t to be taken for granted.   According to research noted by ourworldindata.org, only 12 percent of the world population was literate in 1800. 12 percent! How mind-blowing is that?  ...

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Top Tools for Your Family Game Night

Top Tools for Your Family Game Night

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles huddled around a game table set up in the living room. Games went on for hours. There was banter, laughter and strategy. They lived in a rural, poverty stricken community. There...

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Can Technology Solve Your Mosquito Problem This Year?

Can Technology Solve Your Mosquito Problem This Year?

Pop quiz: What’s the deadliest animal on the planet?   Likely, your mind jumped to some of the scariest offenders: poisonous snakes, ferocious beasts lurking on the savanna, or maybe you even guessed the sleeper that ranks right up there, the hippopotamus.   But those...

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