Authors at the Capitol

Texas Book Festival has announced its Kids on Congress schedule and the full list of children’s and young adult authors who will appear October 26 and 27 at the Texas State Capitol. Kids on Congress tents will include the “Read Me a Story” tent which will...

Austin Kiddie Limits

ACL Fest is fast approaching and will take place at Zilker Park on Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13. Coming to the festival with kids in tow? Austin Kiddie Limits runs parallel to ACL Festival in its own securely designated area at Zilker Park. Austin Kiddie Limits opens at...

Trail Projects

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $3.81 million in grants to fund 22 motorized and non-motorized recreational trail-related projects across the state. Travis County was awarded two grants. The Hill Country Conservancy received $200,000 to help fund the...

Free Online Tutoring

As the school year gears up, it’s good to know about free homework help available to students of all ages. Austin Public Library offers many online resources in the “Virtual Library” section of their homepage. Library card holders have access to free live...

School Ratings

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released its 2019 state accountability ratings for approximately 1,200 school districts and charter schools. Districts and charters once again received A-F ratings, but new this year are A-F ratings for individual schools. Statewide,...

Science Fiction Meets Westerns

The original exhibition Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds is now on view at Bullock Texas State History Museum until December 1. The exhibition highlights more than 150 years of pop culture and sheds light on the influence of Westerns in science fiction. Visitors...

Autism Seminar

An “Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)” seminar will take place on September 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Easterseals, located at 8505 Cross Park Drive #120 in Austin. The seminar is designed for families with children with Autism Spectrum...
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Featured Articles

Meet the Family Behind 25 Years  of Household Cleaning

Meet the Family Behind 25 Years of Household Cleaning

This year, Lemi Shine celebrates a quarter of a century of helping homes sparkle. From its roots in Midland, the brand blossomed to become a household name, known first for its dishwashing detergent booster and now for its full product line that includes everything...

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National Stepfamily Day: Wisdom from Stepparents

National Stepfamily Day: Wisdom from Stepparents

No parent is perfect. And in the case of blended families, the art of step parenting can be even more challenging. According to the U.S. Census, over 50% of US families are remarried or re-coupled. More than 1300 new blended families form every day. Fifty percent of...

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What You Need to Know This Flu Season

What You Need to Know This Flu Season

Flu season is right around the corner! Last year, about half of all adults in the United States didn’t get a flu shot. Almost 4 out of 10 parents and caregivers of children under 18 years old said that they didn’t vaccinate their children. Why does this matter? People...

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Make a Family Emergency Plan

Make a Family Emergency Plan

Does your family have an emergency plan? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Almost half the adults in the U.S. are unprepared for an emergency. Not having a plan or adequate resources could put you, your family and your pets at risk. Advanced planning can seem...

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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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Education
Celebrating 30 Years of Library Card Sign-Up Month

Celebrating 30 Years of Library Card Sign-Up Month

This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Started in 1987 by the American Library Association, the national observance was created with the goal of ensuring that every child might obtain and use a library card. During the month,...

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Do Dress Codes Target Girls?

Do Dress Codes Target Girls?

When I write, most of my research begins with a Facebook post and informal chats with friends. I like hearing people’s thoughts on a topic before I start writing, to ensure a broader perspective. Twenty minutes after my post on dress codes went up, it was readily...

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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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Family Matters
Raising a Child Who is LGBTQ

Raising a Child Who is LGBTQ

Q.Recently our 14-year-old son told us he is gay. Just yesterday, our 12-year-old told me he feels like a girl in a boy’s body. We are shocked, and my husband is having a hard time. How can we love and support our two boys? I think we may lose friends and family over...

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10 Behaviors to Model for Your Kids

10 Behaviors to Model for Your Kids

Q. You often mention that parents need to be role models for our children. Exactly what behaviors and values do you believe we need to model?   A.  Being a good parental role model is important, because children mimic what they see and hear. This is sometimes...

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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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Out and About
Upgraded Fun: Dick Nichols Park

Upgraded Fun: Dick Nichols Park

Parents and caregivers have been enjoying the expansive Dick Nichols Park for many years. But one thing the park has lacked in years past is shade over the playscape area. Thankfully, that problem has been solved. Last year, Austin Parks and Recreation installed large...

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Save Buck at a Kids-Eat-Free Spot

Save Buck at a Kids-Eat-Free Spot

Sure, eating out is a treat, but it’s also easy to spend way too much money. That’s where Austin’s wide range of generous “kids-eat-free” restaurants can help out. We focused on three Austin/Texas-based spots where you can keep your cool and find free or...

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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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