Childcare Honors

Kiddie Academy of Pflugerville recently received the Life Essentials Character Education award at the national Kiddie Academy annual conference. The Pflugerville location was selected from more than 200 franchises considered for the award, which recognizes an...

Senior Exercise

Texas State University and The Price Center in San Marcos have partnered for “Connect Across Generations,” an exercise study for seniors that will examine the health impact of yoga or Tai Chi participation.   Beginning in September, individuals 65 years or older will...

Prehistoric News

Turns out those images of a T. Rex with teeth bared and tongue wildly stretched are fierce but misinformed. Researchers at UT Austin have concluded that dinosaurs couldn’t stick out their tongues like lizards. Instead, their tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms...

Kid-Sized Gear Belt

Austin-owned SPIBelt has debuted a product just for children. The Kids’ SPIBelt is designed to carry medical supplies such as insulin pumps, inhalers, EpiPens and CGMs (continuous glucose monitoring systems). Slimmer than a fanny pack and sized for kids, the belt...

Investment in Child Care

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) plans to spend $229.9 million in federal funding to increase the quality of child care and strengthen early learning across the state. TWC says it will expand early childhood education and child care service programs to an...

New and Local Books

Local Austin authors have been busy this summer unveiling just the titles you’ll want to read. Lucy and the String is artist Vanessa Roeder’s picture book debut and goes on sale Aug. 11. With strong lines and vivid color, Roeder tells the story of a little girl’s...

Preventing Delinquency

In June, the Austin ISD Police Department held its annual GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) summer camp week, aimed at preventing student delinquency, violence and gang membership. AISD elementary school students met officers and community leaders, worked...
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How to “Grow Up” a Kid’s Bedroom

How to “Grow Up” a Kid’s Bedroom

As kids grow up, they’re constantly developing new interests and preferences for everything from food to clothing — and even their bedroom wall color. They seem to outgrow everything quickly and before you know it, you’re trying to figure out what they like today that...

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5 Quick Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas

5 Quick Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas

My daughter will be starting middle school this year. Because I’ll be driving her to school, we’ll need to be out of the house an hour earlier than we’re used to. That’s why I’m already thinking about breakfast and what I can have on hand to make sure she has...

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These Round Rock Schools  are Rocking SEL

These Round Rock Schools are Rocking SEL

This spring, four Round Rock ISD elementary schools received big recognition in the area of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). The field focuses on teaching skills like managing emotions and behavior, establishing relationships and making good decisions, and it’s been...

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Helping kids find their passion

Helping kids find their passion

Your daughter wants to be a rock star one minute, a doctor the next. How can you help her find direction without stifling her inquisitive spirit? The career counselors at Austin Community College (ACC) have some tips for explorers. Each year, they help thousands of...

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Lifelines
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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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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Education
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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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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Family Matters
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...

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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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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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Humor
When Toddler Takes Over

When Toddler Takes Over

The transition from babyhood to toddlerdom is a bit like watching someone experience spiritual possession. The pea-soup-spewing kind of possession, where everyone who survives an encounter with the individual feels both relieved and horrified.   What happened to this...

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Family Game Night Smackdown

Family Game Night Smackdown

I don’t believe it’s possible to truly judge a person’s character until you have seen them play a video game. Particularly, until you see them play against family members.   It’s a good way to test your own moral fiber. If you’re relatively comfortable playing video...

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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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