Sales Tax Holiday

Texas families and businesses can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s sales tax holidays May 25 - 27. The Texas Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save about $12.6 million in state and local sales taxes...

Summer Lunch Program

This summer, Austin ISD will serve anyone 18 years old and younger healthy meals at more than 50 campuses at no cost through the Summer Food Service Program. Both breakfast and lunch will be offered at all AISD summer meal sites. "Children need good nutrition...

Summer Weather Tips

Spectrum News Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons is reminding families of the importance of being prepared for severe weather this summer. His tips include: Flash flood, stay on high ground. Texas weather can turn from sunny to stormy in a hurry, and those storms...

Free Admission for Heroes

As a thank you to military and first responders, all Schlitterbahn Waterparks are hosting American Heroes Week with FREE admission May 27 - June 2, 2019. Members of the military (both active duty and retired), police, firefighters, and EMTs will be welcomed at...

National Accreditation

Kiddie Academy of Round Rock recently received accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC sets research-based standards and provides resources to improve early childhood program quality and enhance the professional...
Capturing Kids' Hearts Flippen Group

Social-Emotional Learning

Nine Round Rock ISD schools have been recognized for excellence in social-emotional learning. The schools received the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2018-2019 school year from the Flippen Group. This award recognizes campuses that...

Mother’s Day Concert

A free Mother's Day concert called Strings in the Park takes place May 12, 2019 at the lawn near Central Market. The concert pairs renowned string master Will Taylor with music legend Kevin Russell of Shinyribs and The Gourds for an afternoon of family-friendly music....
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Featured Articles

Pregnancy Brain:  A Real (and Permanent?) Thing

Pregnancy Brain:  A Real (and Permanent?) Thing

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you’ve no doubt experienced the infamous “pregnancy brain.” Yes, not only is your body going through a seemingly random assortment of changes, but your mental function experiences the miracle of life, too. This unwelcome phenomenon...

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Everything I Learned About Leadership I Learned from My Mother

Everything I Learned About Leadership I Learned from My Mother

My mum is quite petite, gentle and very Scottish. No drill sergeant or carrier of a business card that reads “Household CEO,” she was way more than just a mother. She was my first leader. I realize now that from my earliest days until today, almost every leadership...

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Lifelines
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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What to Know About Food Allergies in Children

What to Know About Food Allergies in Children

More people have food allergies than ever before. The number of people with food allergies has increased by 50 percent over the past decade or so. According to FARE, a food allergy research and education advocacy group, one out of every 13 children has a food allergy...

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Education
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
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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Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Q.  When my middle school daughter cried because she wasn’t put in the same English class as her best friend, I called the principal to request she be moved. I told my sister about it, and she called me a “lawnmower” parent. She said I make excuses for my daughter and...

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Out and About
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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