Honoring Heroes

As a thank you to military and first responders, Schlitterbahn Waterparks will hold its third annual American Heroes Week at its parks in New Braunfels, Galveston, South Padre Island and Corpus Christi. May 28 - June 1, 2018, all members of the military (both active...

Music Education

Austin ISD has been recognized by the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM) as one of the Best Communities for Music Education. This is the 19th year that NAMM has awarded individual schools and school districts for their commitment to music education. “The...

Transportation Alternatives

Friday, May 18, is Bike to Work Day. Hosted by Bike Austin, the day celebrates bicycle safety and encourages residents of all communities to bike to work throughout the year. Austin is one of 52 major cities participating in this nationwide event during National Bike...

Women’s Expo

Whole Planet Foundation is organizing its first annual Power Her Potential Women's Expo, just in time for Mother's Day. The philanthropic event focused on women will feature panels, classes, self-defense demos, food and beverage vendors, and more. All proceeds...

Global Citizens

Students and parents from the International School of Texas recently returned from a cultural and language immersion trip to China. Highlights of the trip included volunteering at a panda conservation center, calligraphy and kung fu classes, and a chance to...

Earth Day Celebration

Students at Xplor Preschool & School Age Care celebrated Earth Day in April by releasing thousands of ladybugs throughout the schoolyard and back into the environment on plants, flowers and trees. Students were dressed for the occasion, wearing red and black colors...

Foster Care

The founder of Kids in a New Groove, an Austin non-profit that provides free music mentorship to youth in foster care, has announced the launch of Care2Rock, an online music lesson platform. The platform’s launch in May coincides with National Foster Care Month. Each...
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Featured Articles
Thoughts on Mother’s Day

Thoughts on Mother’s Day

Shawn Colvin Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winner “I hope to teach my own child to value herself and believe in herself and to do what she loves.” Kendra Scott Founder, the Kendra Scott company “Since my boys were young, I've taught them the importance of...

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Holm Springs Eternal

Holm Springs Eternal

Catia Hernandez Holm talks with moms. A lot. She gives speeches to mom groups, makes appearances at bookstore events and will deliver her first TED talk in Austin on May 2. The Austinite and author of The Courage to Become, released last summer, spoke with us about...

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5 Moms, 15 Things to Do

5 Moms, 15 Things to Do

Mom is a kisser of scraped knees, a bedtime storyteller and an expert cutter of crust. She means so much to your family, and Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show Mom just how much you appreciate her! We’ve compiled several options for different types of...

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Lifelines
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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What You Need to Know About Ear Infections

What You Need to Know About Ear Infections

Ear infections in children result in more trips to the pediatrician or other healthcare provider than any other illness. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that every year, there are over 5 million cases of acute ear infections in children. About 80 percent of...

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Education
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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Act Fast to Treat Learning Disabilities

Act Fast to Treat Learning Disabilities

A child’s learning disability may not be obvious, especially in the early years when schoolwork is less demanding. The effects of a disability can be subtle, and may only show up during certain activities or scenarios. Being adaptable creatures, children often develop...

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Family Matters
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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How to Teach Lessons About Consent

How to Teach Lessons About Consent

Q.  My husband and I work hard to raise our boys (ages 3, 7 and 11) to be good men. All the news about powerful men being accused of sexual misconduct has me wondering. What lessons should I be teaching my sons so they understand appropriate sexual behavior? A....

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Humor
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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How to Make a Family Dinner Everyone Will Love

How to Make a Family Dinner Everyone Will Love

I don’t know about you, but dinnertime at my house is the absolute best. I never have to beg, plead or coerce my kids and husband to come to the table and eat every bite of the nutritious, organic, GMO– and steroid–free meal I’ve prepared. I cherish the uninterrupted...

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