Partners in Parenting Luncheon

Partners in Parenting (PIP), the family-centric, nonprofit helping to build and connect a “village” for every new parent in Austin, announced today that it will host its first annual “Connections Matter” luncheon on Tues., Feb. 25, 2020. The goal of this inaugural...

A Very Hungry Caterpillar x 2

Austin is host to two enchanting experiences celebrating Eric Carle's classic tale, A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Zilker Botantical Garden The Very Hungry Caterpillar has wiggled its way into the hearts of generations of readers and become a bookshelf staple in homes and...

SaulPaul’s Alien Adventure

Running until March 1, SaulPaul's Alien Adventure is a musical extravaganza for the the whole family. An alien comes to earth and makes an unexpected friend. What happens next? Come see this inspiring production featuring sights, sounds, and dance moves as the two...

Girl Scout Cookies Milestone

Troop 15872 and Marillah King, current record holding cookie seller for Girl Scouts of Central Texas, will hold an official “Last Cookie Booth,” Friday, February 21st, 4-8 p.m. at Randalls in Casis Village in Austin.  Last year King sold 7,227 boxes making her the...

Summer Youth Employment

The Travis County Work-Based Learning/Summer Youth Employment Program (WBL/SYEP) is now accepting applications for Summer 2020 paid employment opportunities. The program is designed for Travis County youth ages 14-17 to develop competence and confidence as well as...

Saving Hearts

Want to learn how to save a life? CPR Resources is offering training classes which include infant, child, and adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); how to operate an Automated Defibrillator (AED); and First Aid. Classes are taught by professional firefighters and...

AISD Family Survey

The Austin ISD 2019–20 Family Survey is now available and is accepting online responses through March 6. Families are encouraged to share feedback regarding district and campus performance. The survey includes questions about how well school staff and leadership...
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Sweet, Luscious Snacks for Loved Ones

Sweet, Luscious Snacks for Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness, and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones.   Part of the charm of the day’s...

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Creative Ways to Tell Your Child  “I Love You”

Creative Ways to Tell Your Child “I Love You”

Valentine’s Day is a perfect reason to show your child just how much he or she is loved. Try these creative ideas to show how much you care on Valentine’s Day and throughout the entire year.   EDIBLE IDEAS A heart a day. Add a heart-shaped candy to your child's...

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3 Steps to Building a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

3 Steps to Building a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Every 37 seconds someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease. Adopting a heart healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other chronic illnesses. A heart healthy lifestyle is not a “diet.” It’s a pattern of eating and...

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Help Your Child Set a “60-a-Day” Activity Goal for 2020

Help Your Child Set a “60-a-Day” Activity Goal for 2020

Has your child set a physical activity goal for 2020? Many people think that kids just naturally get enough exercise. Unfortunately, this is not true. Only about 8% of children meet exercise recommendations. Not getting enough exercise can negatively impact a child’s...

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Give Your Child the Gift of Sleep During the Holidays

Give Your Child the Gift of Sleep During the Holidays

Holiday festivities, parties, and overnight guests can interfere with your child’s normal sleep routine. Many parents aren’t aware of the negative impact of an irregular bedtime on a child’s health and behavior.   5 Reasons Your Child Needs a Regular Sleep...

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Don’t Make Grandma Sick:  Food Safety for Thanksgiving

Don’t Make Grandma Sick: Food Safety for Thanksgiving

You may have already started planning your holiday season cooking for friends and family. But have you thought about ways to minimize harmful germs that can get into food? Poor knowledge of safe food preparation, serving, and storage can result in food borne illness....

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Education
Why Educational Summer Camps Matter

Why Educational Summer Camps Matter

It’s February and love is in the air. I would say that a chill is also in the air, but we do live in Austin after all, so no guarantees! Good weather or bad, though, chances are that thoughts of summer and summer camps are not top of mind. You might want to try a...

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Encouraging Kids to Try Something New

Encouraging Kids to Try Something New

Childhood presents a wonderful opportunity to explore new activities and to try new things. Failure often doesn’t carry the same weight as it does in adulthood, and the playing field can be more level. By nature, many of those involved are also trying activities for...

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Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?

Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?

A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with a child’s ability to store, process, or produce information. Its effects can be seen in a wide variety of areas, including reading, writing, speaking, spelling, math computation, reasoning,...

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The Truth About Childhood Mental Disorders

The Truth About Childhood Mental Disorders

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental disorders among children are described as “serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day.” Media...

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Family Matters
6 Ways Parents Can Model Healthy Relationships

6 Ways Parents Can Model Healthy Relationships

By Betty Richardson Q: Sometimes I don’t like my husband much and often don’t agree with him or appreciate him. Will my lack of love for my spouse affect our kids negatively? A This question could have come from a husband, a partner of the same gender, or divorced...

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Making Kindness Your Family’s New Year’s Resolution

Making Kindness Your Family’s New Year’s Resolution

Q.  I am a single mother with two boys ages 10 and 14. It’s time for me to make my New Year’s resolutions. Every year I make resolutions and my boys see me break them. I’d like to be a better role model. What advice can you give me about New Year’s resolutions? Is...

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Dealing with Holiday Stress

Dealing with Holiday Stress

Q. The holidays will be here soon. Every year I get stressed out before and during the holidays. I worry about who’s coming to our house, what to cook, or how to get where we’re going. I also worry about buying and wrapping presents, finances, and ongoing family...

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How to Foster Gratitude in Children

How to Foster Gratitude in Children

Q. Our two kids are ages seven and 12, and they want so many things. They see something a friend or classmate has, and they want it. They see something on TV, and they want it. My husband gives them everything they ask for, and even some expensive items they don’t ask...

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Out and About
Hearts of the City

Hearts of the City

By Jill Sayre February is the month for love, and Austin is a place that adores photo backdrop murals that feature sweet sentiments. There are too many vibrant, lovely pieces of public paint to cite in one piece, so we chose four that are especially LOVEly. Your kids,...

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Juicy January

Juicy January

A juice cleanse is a modern twist on the New Year’s resolution. But what is a cleanse, or detox, and is it right for you? And what will your kids eat while you try a cleanse? According to Juiceitup.com, a cleanse is a period of time where you replace meals with fresh...

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Season of Light

Season of Light

What is lovelier at the holidays than lights—white, multi-colored or solid-hued – reflected off the faces of those you care about? Lights, lovely gathering places, and inspiring music can be found at three Austin classic venues this holiday season. Any or all of these...

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Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

One of the best ways to cultivate gratitude is to seek out wide open spaces. Marveling at the vastness of the star-filled sky, an expansive view, or a wide river can create a unique sense of wonder that only the natural world can provide. Here are just a few places...

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