Univision Austin Barrington Elementary Green Park Community Service

Community Service

Univision recently launched its first Unidos Por Los Nuestros (United for Each Other) day of service in cities nationwide. Hundreds of employees rallied together in support of community service initiatives that align with the company’s mission to empower and inform...
Tomlinson's Pound 4 Pound Pet Food Donation

Pet Food Drive

Tomlinson’s Feed is hosting its annual Pound4Pound pet food drive at its 15 Austin-area stores through Dec. 24. For every bag of food donated in stores, Tomlinson’s and five of its pet food suppliers will match the donation - pound for pound. Food collected during the...

Expressions of Faith

Family Rosary has announced its annual “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest for 2019. The contest is open to students in grades K-12 who are enrolled in a Catholic school, religious education program, parish or other organization, including home school. The contest...
Donna Taylor Price Center Lone Star Christmas San Marcos Texas

Classically Country

Husband-and-wife team Gary and Donna Taylor will lend a country flare to the Dickens’ classic on Dec. 15 and 16 with "A Lone Star Christmas Carol" at the Price Center in San Marcos. Using a score by Gary Taylor, the pair join two other cast members in performing 13...

Local Reads

A father and daughter have teamed up to write a book about gratitude. Grow Grateful, released in October, is a picture book that takes readers on a camping trip with main character Kiko. Co-author Jon Lasser, PhD, is a psychologist, school psychologist, professor and...

Fundraising for Children

COVER 3 hosted its annual golf classic benefiting Partnerships for Children in October at Avery Ranch Golf Club. The event raised over $400,000 to benefit the local nonprofit, which provides critical resources to abused and neglected Central Texas children....

Career Exploration

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has announced a statewide career exploration campaign and website called “Jobs Y’all: Your Career. Your Story.” The campaign hopes to inspire young Texans to discover and explore the state’s in-demand industries and learn about...
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Featured Articles

Nature RX:  Lift Your Spirits with a Walk in the Woods

Nature RX: Lift Your Spirits with a Walk in the Woods

We’re lucky enough here in Austin to have mild winters. That means if the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has you feeling worn thin, a bit of time outside might be all the therapy you – and your family – need. Sarah Ivens, author of Forest Therapy: Seasonal...

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Drunk Driving Accidents:  Is Your Teen at Risk?

Drunk Driving Accidents: Is Your Teen at Risk?

Being the parent of a teen driver may be a big source of daily stress and worry. While having a teen driver can free up some of the drive time you used to devote to shuttling kids to and from events, it can be difficult to hand over the keys and let your teen out on...

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Flea proofing your home for a new puppy

Flea proofing your home for a new puppy

You can almost hear the shrieks and squeals coming from your children as they run towards the tree on Christmas morning. Excitement is to be expected at this time of year, but you’re taking things to a whole new level this season.   A new puppy will be waiting under...

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Lifelines
Now Is the Time to Gather Your Family Health History

Now Is the Time to Gather Your Family Health History

The holiday season is the perfect time to collect information from relatives about your family health history. “Knowing your family health history can help identify your child’s risk of developing certain serious diseases and health conditions,” says Dr. Lisa Gaw,...

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Are You Using Essential Oils Safely?

Are You Using Essential Oils Safely?

Essential oils are booming in popularity. Parents are looking for natural remedies without the side effects of prescription drugs. People’s Pharmacy in Austin reports a dramatic increase in essential oil sales over the past few years. Worldwide essential oil sales are...

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Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Domestic Violence

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can happen to anyone in an intimate relationship — regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age or race. Also called “intimate partner violence,” domestic violence can happen in all types of intimate relationships, whether married, living together...

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RSV: What You Need to Know

RSV: What You Need to Know

Every year, respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV, an illness in the lungs and breathing passages) causes over 2 million doctor’s visits among young children in the US. About 57,000 of these children are so sick, they need to be treated in a hospital. The American...

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Education
Modern Classrooms Let  Kids Move All Day Long

Modern Classrooms Let Kids Move All Day Long

Our childhood classrooms, with their long rows of stationary desks, are gradually disappearing. They’re being replaced by rooms thoughtfully designed to incorporate more movement into the daily student experience. Teachers are also working to include kinesthetic...

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The Many Advantages of Dual Language Programs

The Many Advantages of Dual Language Programs

This year for the first time, our school district offered a dual language program, and my husband and I strongly considered enrolling our twins. We ultimately decided against it for several reasons, including that it required a change of campus and our children being...

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Why Technology in the Classroom Deserves a Closer Look

Why Technology in the Classroom Deserves a Closer Look

I’m revealing my age by saying that I can remember getting our first black and white home computer, which took pride of place in the dining room for the whole family to use. My first cell phone didn’t come until college, when social media was non-existent.   Our...

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529 College Savings Plans, Explained

529 College Savings Plans, Explained

Saving for college can be overwhelming - the savings options alone can make your head spin! The 529 plan is arguably the most well-known college savings vehicle. This overview will give you a better understanding of the popular plan and can help you make the best...

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Family Matters
My Toddler’s Tantrums Are Getting Worse

My Toddler’s Tantrums Are Getting Worse

Q.  My 2-year-old son is having trouble giving up playtime. A while ago, I noticed when I ask him to stop playing so we can leave the house or eat or go to bed, he throws a tantrum. So, I was just letting him tire himself out. But recently, he started banging his head...

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What If I Don’t Want Another Baby?

What If I Don’t Want Another Baby?

Q. Our son is 3 years old and an only child. Lately, my husband has been talking a lot about having another baby. I know he gets pressure from his parents, because our son is their only grandchild. My mother-in-law has made it clear she’d love to buy cute little girl...

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Even Young Kids Can Be Affected by Domestic Abuse

Even Young Kids Can Be Affected by Domestic Abuse

Q.  I’m in a bad situation. My husband yells at me in front of our children (2 and 7 years old). He says I’m fat and lazy. He says he hates me. Once in a while, he hits me, but not where anyone could see. I’m staying with him for now because I have nowhere to go and...

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Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Q. We were eating in a restaurant when my 16-year-old son blurted out “You’re bad parents!” This presumably because we took away his cell phone during the meal. He said he was expecting an important text from his girlfriend. He and his sister left and started walking...

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Family Connections
Letters to Santa in the Digital Age

Letters to Santa in the Digital Age

Recently, a friend of mine heard her kindergartener praying. She tip-toed to the door and eavesdropped. As she quietly listened in she realized, hilariously, that her daughter was praying to Santa. I smiled so hard it almost broke my face. Jelly Belly vs. Jesus for...

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What Will My DNA Test Reveal?

What Will My DNA Test Reveal?

In 1962, James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.   Just 28 years later, in 1990, the Human Genome Project launched. Its daunting goal: to map the human genome.   Fast forward...

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Shield Your College Student from Identity Theft

Shield Your College Student from Identity Theft

Back to school. Every year is more surreal as our kids seem to age at warp speed.   This is especially true for parents faced with tearfully remembering the first day of kindergarten as they drive away from newly furnished dorm rooms with college-level well-wishes...

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