Water Park Anniversary

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts is celebrating 40 years of delivering water-themed fun with a celebration on the first day of summer, June 21. On that day, there will be a little something extra for everyone at Schlitterbahn’s New Braunfels location. Among the...
Austin ISD Summer Reading

Summer Reading

This summer, Austin ISD will host its annual Buford the Book Bus tour, providing free books to children of all ages, from infants to teens, in English and Spanish. The programs are held in June and July at schools across the city. Summer slide is the phrase used to...
LASA High School Austin ISD Children at Risk Texas School Rankings

Top Schools

Children at Risk has announced its 2019 rankings for public schools in Texas. The organization researched and ranked 483 schools from seven area counties in the Austin area. The top high school is LASA High School in Austin ISD; the top middle school is Walsh Middle...

Local Reads

A couple of Austin-based authors debuted new books in May. Trevor Romain’s Connecting with Kids in a Disconnected World contains practical strategies, effective tools and inspiring stories designed to help adults shape and improve connections with kids. Romain is a...

Baseball Complex

A state-of-the-art baseball complex will be arriving in Hutto. Perfect Game has announced plans to develop a sports and events center with seating for 13,000 people and a convention hotel. The complex will feature office, commercial, residential, medical and physical...

School Boards

Round Rock ISD is one of eight school systems selected by the Texas Education Agency to take part in a new governance initiative. The Lone Star Governance (LSG) Exemplar Cohort II will help school board members and superintendents leverage a continuous improvement...

Solving World Problems

In May, 60 girls and 30 parents gathered at Oracle’s Austin headquarters to attend Latinitas’ Future Chica conference. Employees from companies such as Applied Materials, Dell and Silicon Labs presented workshops and demos using the latest technology, and participants...
2019 Summer Fun Guide
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Featured Articles

The 5-Part Prescription for Developing Creative Capacity

The 5-Part Prescription for Developing Creative Capacity

Creativity is so important for children’s development and a healthy family life. Often, we think of creativity as producing artistic works, such as paintings or songs. But creativity is less about what you make and more about how you think. We’re all born with...

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Isaac Rowe Offers Fathers a Transformative Conversation

Isaac Rowe Offers Fathers a Transformative Conversation

Fatherhood isn’t a one-size-fits-all arrangement. Many men struggle over fears of inadequacy, wrestle with flashes of anger and tug against feelings of being overlooked. Isaac Rowe understands all these moments, and he’s here to help men tailor a better perspective....

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Lifelines
Checklists for a Safe Summer

Checklists for a Safe Summer

Kids enjoy being outside in the summer – riding bikes, swimming, playing at the park and watching fireworks. Unfortunately, more time outside can provide more opportunities for injury. According to a recent report, activities most frequently associated with summer...

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Breastmilk: Do You Know How to Store It Safely?

Breastmilk: Do You Know How to Store It Safely?

You’ve probably already heard that breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding your baby only breastmilk for the first six months and then continuing to breastfeed as food is introduced for a year or...

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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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Education
David’s Law Supports Victims of Cyberbullying

David’s Law Supports Victims of Cyberbullying

David Molak tried to get away. He even transferred to a different school, but the cyberbullying continued. Then in January 2016, the 16-year-old from San Antonio took his own life. But because the bullying wasn’t physical, and there wasn’t enough evidence to meet the...

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The Lowdown on Homeschooling

The Lowdown on Homeschooling

There are as many different reasons to homeschool as there are parenting styles. Some parents choose homeschooling for religious reasons, so they can incorporate more of their faith into their child’s day. Other parents make the choice so they can control the content...

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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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Family Matters
How Can I Get My 5-Year-Old to Eat Dinner?

How Can I Get My 5-Year-Old to Eat Dinner?

Q. My 5-year-old son has Asperger’s, and I’m working to learn about his needs and how to handle discipline. I have a 9-year-old daughter who didn’t behave the way my son does. So, what should I do when, for example, he refuses to come to the dinner table?   A....

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Is This Depression or Just a Phase?

Is This Depression or Just a Phase?

Q. My 13-year-old daughter has lost interest in things she used to love to do. She doesn’t seem to have much energy. She’s irritable much of the time. Could she be depressed, or is this some sort of phase that girls go through at this age? Should I take her to see a...

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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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Out and About
Austin-Original Frozen Treats for Summer Days

Austin-Original Frozen Treats for Summer Days

I had three hungry middle school boys on my hands, but it wasn’t mealtime. What to do? I had a flash of brilliance. “Hey, guys. Want to be frozen treat taste-testers?” You can imagine the cheers. We set off to sample some of Austin’s warm-weather culinary gems: Amy’s...

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Lucky Ducks: Mills Pond

Lucky Ducks: Mills Pond

My family and I are always up for adventure and, being fairly new to Texas, we love getting to know our beautiful adopted home state. So, on a recent Friday afternoon, we loaded up our trusty minivan and set off in search of a duck pond to explore. We were pleased to...

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