Excellence in Education

The Marble Falls school district was the only local school district to make H-E-B's list of finalists for the retailer’s 17th annual Excellence in Education Awards program. Marble Falls ISD joins Angleton ISD and Lancaster ISD as the finalists in the Small School...

Bandana Bonanza

The recent Bandana Ball raised a record $678,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX), a charity that provides comfort and support to families with sick children across Central Texas. Sporting a western theme, the gala included a boot...

Literary Donations

Give a book, get a cape. On April 22, the first 50 kids to bring in a gently-used children's book for the Half Pint Library Book Drive will receive a free, limited edition superhero cape. During the month of April, Half Price Books collects children's book donations...

Call for Mom Art

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Price Center in San Marcos is seeking original artwork from local artists for an upcoming community art show. Work selected for the show, titled "Dear Mom," will hang in the Price Center from early May through mid-June. “There are so many...

Gaming Education

Latinitas, a nonprofit that encourages Latina youth to pursue technology and media careers, will host its Game Chica conference on April 28. Girls ages 9 - 18 will explore game art and design and meet professionals from companies like Dell Technologies, Certain...

Local Treats

Austin-based Guiltless Goodies has launched new flavors and snack packs. Founded and operated by Lindsey and Daniel Crouch, the treats are seed-flour based and free of gluten, dairy, soy, yeast and preservatives. What the treats do contain is antioxidants, healthy...

Another Side to Lincoln

  April 1 marks the availability of a new book by local children’s author Donna Janell Bowman. Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words reveals young Lincoln’s almost-duel with political rival James Shields, including how the lessons Lincoln learned from the incident made him...
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5 Things Kids Get from Outdoor Education

5 Things Kids Get from Outdoor Education

For the first time in its history, Manor ISD is partnering with the YMCA of Austin to include outdoor education in its curriculum for all 4th grade students during the 2017-2018 academic year. Project WILD is an educational program that introduces students to...

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Garland Benson Invites You to “Be a Hero”

Garland Benson Invites You to “Be a Hero”

The Benson family is an active bunch. Mom Charlotte and dad Craig regularly get outside with their two children, 15-year-old Christiane and 13-year-old Garland, to explore the Barton Creek Greenbelt, ride zip lines across Lake Travis, hike, snow ski and vacation at...

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3 Reasons to Play in the Great Outdoors

3 Reasons to Play in the Great Outdoors

As electronic devices increase in popularity, children spend more time on their devices and less time playing outside. Although these screens give us a convenient and easy way to entertain kids, outdoor activities have essential benefits. Why is going outside so...

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Lifelines
Your Child’s Gut Health: What You May Not Know

Your Child’s Gut Health: What You May Not Know

Your child’s body contains trillions of microscopic organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses and fungi. Most of them live in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or “gut.”  The GI tract is a long, muscular tube about 30 feet long. This is where food and drink...

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Is Your Child’s Worry an Anxiety Disorder?

Is Your Child’s Worry an Anxiety Disorder?

“My son can’t seem to stop worrying,“ an Austin mother lamented recently. “He worries about things even when there’s no reason.” Excessive worrying that lasts for at least six months can be a symptom of anxiety. Fifteen to 20 percent of children and adolescents have...

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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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Education
How to Tell if Your  Child Is Gifted

How to Tell if Your Child Is Gifted

At one time or another, you might have wondered if your child is gifted. Maybe your son can identify all the birds in your neighborhood. Or maybe your daughter is already reading at age 4. How can you know for sure if your child is an exceptional learner?   The truth...

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March Puts the Spotlight  on Music Education

March Puts the Spotlight on Music Education

Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” From polka to punk and mariachi to metal, you’ll find it here and in our surrounding communities.  But even with all that musical talent around, many kids wouldn’t experience music education if it weren’t for...

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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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Family Matters
Help Girls to Speak Up and Speak Out

Help Girls to Speak Up and Speak Out

Q.  My friend just discovered that her teenaged daughter was sexually abused years ago but didn’t tell her. My husband and I have three girls (14, 11 and 7). If someone even tries to abuse one of them, I want her to tell me so I can stop it. Why don’t girls who’ve...

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Time Outs Can Be Effective With the Right Technique

Time Outs Can Be Effective With the Right Technique

Q.  My husband and I have two sons (18 months and 4 years). They are a handful. One of my friends suggested using time outs, but I’ve heard they don’t work. Is my toddler too young for time outs, and do you think they work? A.  Some people believe time outs don’t work...

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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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Humor
Secrets to an Always-Healthy Kid

Secrets to an Always-Healthy Kid

“Your kids never get sick – you’re so lucky!”   I hate to brag, but I’ve heard this from more than one friend. And it’s true. My kids are incredibly healthy (knock on proverbial wood). For families in search of the key to wellness, let me tell you how we keep our...

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Why Parents Are Always Late

Why Parents Are Always Late

Before becoming a parent, I was one of those people who arrived just on time for events and appointments. If I was five minutes early, there were celebrations to be had. Now that I am a parent of two…if I am five minutes early, it’s because I forgot one of the kids at...

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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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