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Global Cooking

Global Cooking

A new Austin-based, online platform combines family meal prep with global education. Cooking Up Cultures (CUC) launched on Jan. 1 and provides monthly online learning through parent-child cultural cooking and language lessons. CUC aims to bridge cultural...

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Excellence in Education

Excellence in Education

H-E-B announced in mid-January that eight school districts--including two in Central Texas--and five school boards--including one in Central Texas--have been selected as finalists for the retailer’s 2017 Excellence in Education Awards program.  Lake Travis ISD and...

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School Foods

School Foods

Austin Independent School District has announced its partnership with Vital Farms and GoodPop to provide healthier, more nutritious food at school this year. Vital Farms is an Austin-based producer of pasture-raised eggs, and GoodPop is an Austin-based producer...

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Pajama Drive

Pajama Drive

Through Feb. 12, all Austin-area Mattress Firm stores are hosting a Pajama Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. To donate, take new pajamas or monetary contributions to any Mattress Firm location during normal store hours. All proceeds will be donated to...

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Family Matters
Should You Force Your Kids to Play Together

Should You Force Your Kids to Play Together

Q. I volunteered at my 2nd grader’s school recently, and I noticed one of the boys (“Jimmy”) was ignored by the other kids. It broke my heart. When I asked my son about it later, he said Jimmy is hard to play with. I thought I’d raised a child who would be more...

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Do Kids’ Gifts Need to Be Equal?

Do Kids’ Gifts Need to Be Equal?

Q.  I always dread gift opening time at my house, because the kids count gifts and tally value in their heads. They often accuse me of favoring one over another. Should I be counting boxes or making sure my receipts add up to the same amount? A.  You’re not alone in...

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Holiday Guests  Cook Up Drama  in the Kitchen

Holiday Guests Cook Up Drama in the Kitchen

Q: We have several extended family members staying with us over Thanksgiving, and they all follow special diets. Some of them are vegetarian of different types (some eat eggs, some eat fish and some are vegan). Some of them are gluten-free. Some just don’t like...

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Bird Nest Parenting:  An Innovative Custody Solution

Bird Nest Parenting: An Innovative Custody Solution

Q. My husband and I have decided to separate. Our kids are 2 and 6, and we’re already seeing behavioral problems after telling them that Dad is going to live somewhere else. One of our friends suggested we try “bird nest parenting.” What do you know about it? A....

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Education
Shopping For Gifts? We Test Drove Cool Possibilities

Shopping For Gifts? We Test Drove Cool Possibilities

Selecting winter holiday gifts for children can be a challenge, especially when you strive to combine educational benefit, affordability and fun. Here is a look at five toys that may give you some food for thought, including reactions from a few local families...

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Do You Know Your Child’s Learning Style, and Does It Matter?

Do You Know Your Child’s Learning Style, and Does It Matter?

Some of us are visual learners, and some of us are auditory learners, right? It seems like an accepted part of education: we each learn best when information is presented a preferred way. But current thinking in many scholarly circles says this assumption may be...

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Feature Articles
4 Tips For Finding the Right Summer Camp

4 Tips For Finding the Right Summer Camp

When the summer camp guide from a local arts center arrived in our mailbox, my daughter paged through it eagerly. She then proudly pointed to about 13 different camps she planned to sign up for this summer. From circus camp to acting camp to a camp where you make your...

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Humor
A Better Life Through  Sleep Deprivation

A Better Life Through Sleep Deprivation

Nothing prepares you for the newborn night terrors. I’m talking those long nights of being awoken every other hour by your new baby, going cross-eyed while trying to stay awake during a breastfeeding session and watching your husband sleep peacefully just inches...

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5 Reasons Why Santa Actually Is Terrifying

5 Reasons Why Santa Actually Is Terrifying

Maybe your child adores Santa Claus and has loved taking pictures with him since infancy. If so, this piece is not for you. It’s for the rest of us: the optimists, the believers—each year we take our kids to see Santa, hopeful we’ll snap the perfect shot, only to...

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The Actual Stages of Pregnancy

The Actual Stages of Pregnancy

As I near the end of my second pregnancy, I have been reflecting on the journey that is childbearing. Yes, there are technically three trimesters, but I think pregnancy is better described in more than three stages. The “I’m Pregnant! This Room Smells Like Cheese”...

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(Mis)adventures  in Potty Training

(Mis)adventures in Potty Training

I’d describe myself as an “average” parent, somewhere between hand crafting organic applesauce and leaving my kid in a closet all day. I’m also woefully unprepared for certain toddler milestones. The one we are tackling now is potty training. A Google search produced...

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Lifelines
Protect Your Baby from  SAFE SLEEP SABOTAGE

Protect Your Baby from SAFE SLEEP SABOTAGE

Did well-meaning relatives shower your baby with holiday gifts that could be dangerous? Fuzzy baby blankets, cute stuffed animals and cheerful bumper pads can pose a serious risk to babies if parents don’t know about recent safe sleep recommendations. Placing these...

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Spring Forward, Fall Back:  Make Sure Your Child Gets Enough Sleep

Spring Forward, Fall Back: Make Sure Your Child Gets Enough Sleep

Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 6, and we’ll all set our clocks back one hour. As any parent knows, that little hour makes a significant difference when it comes to bedtime for our children. Dr. Bradley Berg, a pediatrician in Round Rock, explains, “Children are more...

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3 Unexpected Reasons for  Poor School Performance

3 Unexpected Reasons for Poor School Performance

When your child brings home a note from his teacher that he is having problems in school, how do you make sure you are addressing the real cause? Of course, you’ll make sure your child is getting enough sleep and eating properly. But there are other reasons behind...

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