Family Exercise

Marathon Kids offers a summer program that keeps kids moving while bonding with their parents. The free “Walk and Talk” program encourages families to walk a marathon over the course of the summer, talking about a new topic during each of the 26.2 miles of a marathon....

College Graduates

Breakthrough Central Texas celebrated its largest graduating college class in early June. The 36 participants are each the first in their families to earn a college degree, marking the realization of a 12-year journey and commitment each of these students made in...

Scholarship Awardees

Twelve local students have been awarded scholarships from Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) in recognition of their academic achievements, community involvement and future career goals. Each high school senior received a $1,000 scholarship that can be applied to...

School Lunch Balances

Local eighth-grader Ben Hofer has pledged to eliminate Austin ISD’s school lunch debt. Hofer started the project he calls LunchCounts! as part of a school project, with a goal of raising $18,000 to pay off all of the school lunch debt in the district.   To that...

Art Contest

Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is calling for entries in the art contest for its 2020 Creation Health calendar. Children ages 4 to 18 are encouraged to enter. The calendar celebrates healthy living through choice, rest, environment, activity, trust, interpersonal...

Child Development Conference

Parents, teachers and childcare providers are invited to attend a three-day learning fest in Georgetown. The 17th annual Committed to Kids Conference runs July 18-20 at Christ Lutheran Learning Center. Twenty workshops will provide training and professional...

School Bonds in Action

A groundbreaking ceremony at Norman Elementary School celebrated Austin ISD’s 2017 Bond funds in creating a single, modernized campus for students currently attending school at nearby Sims Elementary.   Part of the celebration included a walk by students from...
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Featured Articles

Awesome Austin:  7 Free Museums to Explore With Kids

Awesome Austin: 7 Free Museums to Explore With Kids

Maybe you have out-of-town guests to entertain. Or maybe you’re just looking for a new adventure in your hometown. These free museums offer air-conditioned explorations for the whole family, with free admission to boot! SCIENCESheffield Education CenterA...

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Author Gabi Garcia Finds Her “Wow” Through Self-Publishing

Author Gabi Garcia Finds Her “Wow” Through Self-Publishing

Imagine you’re a school-aged kid again, going about your school-aged life. There are friend groups to navigate. There are bullies to manage or avoid. There’s home life to worry over. Maybe your dad is sick or your mom just lost her job. Anxiety creeps in. Maybe you...

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Lifelines
Wart Treatment Advice from a Pediatric Dermatologist

Wart Treatment Advice from a Pediatric Dermatologist

Yikes! You just noticed your child has a wart. What should you do? We reached out to Dr. Moise Levy, pediatric dermatologist at Dell Children's Medical Center and professor at Dell Medical School, for guidance.   To Treat or Not to Treat “Parents may choose not...

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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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Education
Summer Reading for Every Level

Summer Reading for Every Level

Teachers often warn of the dreaded summer slide – the decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months, when school is not in session. Just 20 minutes of reading a day will help your child retain his or her reading skills, and...

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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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Family Matters
Why Do I Feel So Guilty Leaving My Baby?

Why Do I Feel So Guilty Leaving My Baby?

Q.My husband and I have a 4-week-old baby who keeps us both worn out. I feel so depleted, but I have to keep myself going. Some friends have offered to watch the baby while I run an errand or go out for a date night with my husband. But I feel so guilty when I leave...

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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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Out and About
Splash Pads Bring the Summer Fun

Splash Pads Bring the Summer Fun

With Austin’s sweltering summers, a perfect way to beat the heat is to drench it. And one of the best spots for cooling off is your local splash pad. No matter what part of town you live in, there’s a splash pad close by. Here are a few we visited...

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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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