School Naming Input

Austin ISD will host two community meetings to foster open communication regarding school namesakes and possible renaming of campuses. The meetings are part of ongoing engagement that Austin ISD started in September 2017. The meetings will give participants...

Teddy Bears for Patients

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMCH CTX) received hundreds of bears from the 10th annual Build a Bear event, where supporters built and donated stuffed animals for families and children served by RMHC CTX. Karen...

Children’s Music

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin has a new album of children's music adapted from the book Lullabies and Night Songs. The album, titled The Starlighter, will be released on Feb. 23 via Amazon Music. Colvin says she received the book Lullabies and Night...

Service Dogs for Veterans

In late January, more than 200 Stryker employees came together to participate in a charity walk benefiting veterans with combat trauma. The walk aimed to raise awareness for K9s For Warriors and the impact service dogs have on veterans transitioning to civilian life....

No Place for Hate

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual, one-day No Place for Hate Youth Summit last week at UT Austin. More than 600 local seventh and eighth grader and their teachers participated in the event. During the summit, students learn how to recognize bullying on...

School of Rock — The Musical

School of Rock – The Musical raises the roof in Austin at Bass Concert Hall Feb. 13 through 18. The show is based on the hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story follows Dewey Finn, a...

Student Internships

State officials recently held a press conference to highlight commitments from Texas employers to offer 2018 internship opportunities to students across the state. TXInternshipChallenge.com provides a free central point for employers to post internships and lets...

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10 Skills to Know Before Age 10

10 Skills to Know Before Age 10

No longer a young child, not quite a teen, a 10 year old is a “tween” who might be ready to take on more responsibilities, assume weekly chores and perhaps be ready to stay home alone for a few minutes at a time. But to get there, you’ll need to start teaching him...

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9 Reasons to Send Your Teen to Summer Camp

9 Reasons to Send Your Teen to Summer Camp

Elementary- and middle-school age kids get a lot out of summer camp: they make new friends, learn new things and get out of the house for a little while. But as kids grow up, we sometimes forget they still need those crucial experiences, just in a different form....

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Lifelines
What You Need to Know About Ear Infections

What You Need to Know About Ear Infections

Ear infections in children result in more trips to the pediatrician or other healthcare provider than any other illness. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that every year, there are over 5 million cases of acute ear infections in children. About 80 percent of...

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Is Your Young Athlete Being Exposed to Infection?

Is Your Young Athlete Being Exposed to Infection?

Warmups, cool downs, hydration and safety gear—organized sports are often set up to keep your young athlete safe. But have you talked to your child about avoiding germs? Children who participate in organized sports may be exposed to diseases caused by infection....

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Is Your Young Adult Ready to Make Healthcare Decisions?

Is Your Young Adult Ready to Make Healthcare Decisions?

  Like most parents of a young adult, you’ve probably spent many hours in the pediatrician’s office over the years. Whether you took your child in for a “well visit” or a medical concern, you were there for most of the visits and made most of the decisions.   At some...

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Education
Act Fast to Treat Learning Disabilities

Act Fast to Treat Learning Disabilities

A child’s learning disability may not be obvious, especially in the early years when schoolwork is less demanding. The effects of a disability can be subtle, and may only show up during certain activities or scenarios. Being adaptable creatures, children often develop...

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Kids and Time Management:  What’s Reasonable?

Kids and Time Management: What’s Reasonable?

As every parent knows, very young children live in the present. They often mix together concepts of past and future, and may ask over and over when something is going to happen, no matter how many times you’ve explained. When does this start to change, and what is...

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Get More from Your Child’s STAAR Results

Get More from Your Child’s STAAR Results

Last year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) changed some important aspects of the information it shares with parents and kids about the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR. The STAAR, of course, refers to the standardized tests Texas students...

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Family Matters
How to Teach Lessons About Consent

How to Teach Lessons About Consent

Q.  My husband and I work hard to raise our boys (ages 3, 7 and 11) to be good men. All the news about powerful men being accused of sexual misconduct has me wondering. What lessons should I be teaching my sons so they understand appropriate sexual behavior? A....

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New Year’s Resolution:  Create a Peaceful Home Environment

New Year’s Resolution: Create a Peaceful Home Environment

Q.  I’m a single parent with a full–time job. I live with my mother, who watches my children (ages 6 and 9) when they’re out of school. She says when I’m home, I’m making things stressful for her and the kids. I’ll admit I’ve had a lot of difficulties recently, and...

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Having Enough, Being Enough

Having Enough, Being Enough

Q.  The holiday season always leaves my family stressed and deflated. The kids have a case of the “gimmes,” I feel the burden of trying to visit out-of-town extended family and when the holidays are over, we all seem disenchanted. How can we turn it around this year...

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What Can I Expect  as a Kinship Caregiver?

What Can I Expect as a Kinship Caregiver?

Q.  My husband and I recently took in my cousin’s children when he and his ex-wife could no longer care for them. They’ve settled in, but are there any future challenges we should look out for? A.  There’s a set of challenges that most non-parental full-time...

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Humor
How to Make a Family Dinner Everyone Will Love

How to Make a Family Dinner Everyone Will Love

I don’t know about you, but dinnertime at my house is the absolute best. I never have to beg, plead or coerce my kids and husband to come to the table and eat every bite of the nutritious, organic, GMO– and steroid–free meal I’ve prepared. I cherish the uninterrupted...

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Alexa, What Awful Thing Happens  When a Toddler Discovers You?

Alexa, What Awful Thing Happens When a Toddler Discovers You?

We all know the risks of mixing too much technology into our kids’ lives. It seems like every corner of the internet is filled with articles about how our children are exposed too early to screens and tech, and how the repercussions of these consequential contacts...

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Holiday Traditions on My Naughty List

Holiday Traditions on My Naughty List

Planning has never been my forte. The fact that I’m able to keep two children alive and fed and mostly dressed is a feat in itself. So, when glittered crafts from Pinterest start flooding my Facebook feed, I only have one thing to say: Santa, please.   Hats off to the...

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A Holiday Card PSA for All

A Holiday Card PSA for All

I’ll never forget where I was when I realized I married an apostrophe abuser. I was standing in my kitchen, just mere feet from where I sit typing this, looking for a water jug to bring to a workout. After digging through the forgotten wedding presents and dust...

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