Music School Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Orpheus Academy of Music, a classical music school in Northwest Austin, will mark its 15th anniversary with a celebratory student performance at New York City’s acclaimed Carnegie Hall. Forty students will travel to perform on the Weill Hall stage on June 29, 2018....

Indie Film Casts Local Youth

Local young actor Andersen Esson, 12, was recently cast as the co-starring role in an upcoming independent film called "Becoming A Hero," to be shot in California. The movie is about a children's author who suffers from writer's block and agoraphobia, an anxiety...

Austin Eco Bilingual School Wins Award

Austin Eco Bilingual School has been featured in NEWSWEEK as one of the Best International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in the U.S. for the THIRD time! Congratulations!  The school is a Spanish Immersion International School that serves nursery, preschool and elementary...

Summer Job Survey

With the school year at an end, many kids are looking for a summer job to keep themselves busy and make some spending money. And some new survey results might give parents help in guiding their children. What to Do with the Kids, a website that features activities and...

Suspicious Activity App

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently announced the launch of its new iWatchTexas mobile app, which the public can use to report suspicious activity or behavior. The program was created as a partnership between communities and law enforcement and...

New Waterpark

A new floating waterpark on Lake Travis will open June 29, according to its owners. Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures will include floating obstacles, a private beach and boat shuttles servicing its base of operations. John Shipley and Brian George, the team that...

Honoring Veterans

Through July 4, 2018, US veterans and up to three guests can enjoy free admission to SeaWorld San Antonio as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the US. This new offer joins the ongoing Waves of Honor program that offers complimentary...
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14  Places to Take Dad for Father’s Day

14 Places to Take Dad for Father’s Day

How best to spend Father’s Day with your amazing dad? Let the big guy in your life know how much he means to you by taking him to some of the best, most entertaining places in Austin. Whether he’s a museum freak, a nature nut or an adventure junkie, we’ve rounded up a...

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STEAM Activities for Steamy Summer Days

STEAM Activities for Steamy Summer Days

School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning has to end. Summer days are the perfect time to explore STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — with activities perfect for the weather. So keep your cool, keep it fun and keep learning.  ...

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African Ascent:  A Father and Daughter Climb for a Cause

African Ascent: A Father and Daughter Climb for a Cause

Chef David Bull hoped he might someday get to see one of the water wells he helped build. He didn’t expect to be able to show his only daughter, or to ascend the summit of Africa’s tallest peak alongside her. But this June, Second Bar and Kitchen’s Chef Bull and his...

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Lifelines
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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Lotus Birth: A Trend That Doctors Say Has Serious Risks

Lotus Birth: A Trend That Doctors Say Has Serious Risks

You may or may not have heard of lotus birth. It’s the practice of not cutting a baby’s umbilical cord soon after birth, and instead leaving it and the placenta attached to the baby. For some people, the umbilical cord and attached placenta look like a lotus flower,...

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Your Child’s Gut Health: What You May Not Know

Your Child’s Gut Health: What You May Not Know

Your child’s body contains trillions of microscopic organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses and fungi. Most of them live in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or “gut.”  The GI tract is a long, muscular tube about 30 feet long. This is where food and drink...

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Is Your Child’s Worry an Anxiety Disorder?

Is Your Child’s Worry an Anxiety Disorder?

“My son can’t seem to stop worrying,“ an Austin mother lamented recently. “He worries about things even when there’s no reason.” Excessive worrying that lasts for at least six months can be a symptom of anxiety. Fifteen to 20 percent of children and adolescents have...

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Education
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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Your Game Plan for Moving Up to a New School

Your Game Plan for Moving Up to a New School

Transitioning from one level of school to the next can provoke mixed feelings in children. They’re excited about graduating to the next stage, yet the accomplishment brings with it uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Mix in a little parental pride and anxiety, and...

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How to Tell if Your  Child Is Gifted

How to Tell if Your Child Is Gifted

At one time or another, you might have wondered if your child is gifted. Maybe your son can identify all the birds in your neighborhood. Or maybe your daughter is already reading at age 4. How can you know for sure if your child is an exceptional learner?   The truth...

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March Puts the Spotlight  on Music Education

March Puts the Spotlight on Music Education

Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” From polka to punk and mariachi to metal, you’ll find it here and in our surrounding communities.  But even with all that musical talent around, many kids wouldn’t experience music education if it weren’t for...

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Family Matters
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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Strategies for Solving the Selfish Child Problem

Strategies for Solving the Selfish Child Problem

Q.  My 9-year-old daughter is so selfish. We live with my sister and her kids (ages 5 and 2). My daughter won’t share or let them in her room. She’s disrespectful to me and my sister. I’m irritated with having to tell her the same thing over and over. How can I get my...

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Help Girls to Speak Up and Speak Out

Help Girls to Speak Up and Speak Out

Q.  My friend just discovered that her teenaged daughter was sexually abused years ago but didn’t tell her. My husband and I have three girls (14, 11 and 7). If someone even tries to abuse one of them, I want her to tell me so I can stop it. Why don’t girls who’ve...

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Time Outs Can Be Effective With the Right Technique

Time Outs Can Be Effective With the Right Technique

Q.  My husband and I have two sons (18 months and 4 years). They are a handful. One of my friends suggested using time outs, but I’ve heard they don’t work. Is my toddler too young for time outs, and do you think they work? A.  Some people believe time outs don’t work...

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Humor
The Great Mosquito Escape

The Great Mosquito Escape

I may still be considered a “young” mom (beginning to hear teenagers call me “ma’am”), but I’m old enough to remember a time before technology solved everything. In swampy Texas summers, all we had to keep mosquitos away was cancer spray or weak candles that smelled...

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Mommy Milestone: Pee Seat

Mommy Milestone: Pee Seat

Every bed in my house wears a mattress pad. This protective layer is the only line of defense against bodily fluids destroying an overpriced mattress. They’re indispensable — the greatest invention of the modern world, right behind Spanx. All this is to say, I...

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Secrets to an Always-Healthy Kid

Secrets to an Always-Healthy Kid

“Your kids never get sick – you’re so lucky!”   I hate to brag, but I’ve heard this from more than one friend. And it’s true. My kids are incredibly healthy (knock on proverbial wood). For families in search of the key to wellness, let me tell you how we keep our...

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Why Parents Are Always Late

Why Parents Are Always Late

Before becoming a parent, I was one of those people who arrived just on time for events and appointments. If I was five minutes early, there were celebrations to be had. Now that I am a parent of two…if I am five minutes early, it’s because I forgot one of the kids at...

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