Developmental Play Space

Children in Georgetown have a new place for developmentally appropriate play. Little Land opens its new location on Thursday, Feb. 14. All play equipment at Little Land is designed by pediatric therapists to be fun while enhancing the development of various skills....
Hand to Hold Seton Austin NICU

NICU News

Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) cut the ribbon on a new partnership with Hand to Hold that will provide families with in-hospital support before, during and after neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stays and infant loss. With a medically-fragile child in the NICU,...
CSPAN Bus Round Rock

Current Events

The C-SPAN Bus will visit two Round Rock schools during its eight-week "Southern Swing," through states in the south and southwest U.S. Partnering with Spectrum, C-SPAN’s 45-foot customized bus will visit Cedar Ridge High School and Stony Point High School on Feb. 15...
CTMC San Marcos Scholarships 2019

Scholarship Applications

Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) in San Marcos has announced the open application period for rewarding outstanding local and regional high school students with $1,000 scholarships. The deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2019. The scholarships, which CTMC...
Love Big Kat Kronenberg

New Book

A new children's book by Austin-based author Kat Kronenberg debuted on Jan. 8. Love Big is the tale of animals who are working to make life better on their African savanna. At first, the animals – led by a moody Baboon – begin to turn on one another as they look out...
Pollyanna Theatre Company Liberty! Equality! and Fireworks! Gregory S. Perrin LBJ Library

Cancellation

Uncertainty surrounding the federal government shutdown has prompted the cancellation of Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks!, Pollyanna Theatre Company’s acclaimed production for children and families about the Civil Rights Movement. Originally scheduled to be staged at...

Doodling for Scholarships

Google recently announced its 2019 Doodle 4 Google contest, in which students have the chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school, as well as having their artwork featured on Google. This year’s contest theme, “When I...
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Choose a Camp Your Child Will Love

Choose a Camp Your Child Will Love

My poor mom. When I was a kid, she only had one choice of where to send me for summer camp: THE town camp. It was a traditional, 6-hour day camp with a heavy emphasis on sports, which was great for a vast swath of children. But not so great for me. I was more of a...

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Visiting Great Wolf Lodge: Endless Family Fun

Visiting Great Wolf Lodge: Endless Family Fun

Once stepping inside of Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine’s indoor water park and resort, it’s easy to lose all sense of time and space. Every inch of the kid Mecca is filled with something to do or some interactive feature that will keep every kid entertained until...

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Children’s Music Helps Miss Ariel Soar

Children’s Music Helps Miss Ariel Soar

The work kept her going. Through chemo and recovery from cancer surgery, Ariel Czerwinski, who performs for children as Miss Ariel, kept thinking about that CD she wanted to finish. “I was still in the hospital, recovering from the surgery, thinking, ‘If I do anything...

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Good Bugs

Good Bugs

We once had a pet mantis. Not the inside kind (because…just Eewww), but the kind of pet that lives outside on our kitchen window. My kids loved looking for it each morning. It was like a natural elf on the shelf hunt every morning. Our little “pet” loved our home...

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Lifelines
What to Know About Food Allergies in Children

What to Know About Food Allergies in Children

More people have food allergies than ever before. The number of people with food allergies has increased by 50 percent over the past decade or so. According to FARE, a food allergy research and education advocacy group, one out of every 13 children has a food allergy...

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Strategies for Teaching Your Child to Swallow a Pill

Strategies for Teaching Your Child to Swallow a Pill

The day will come when your child will need to swallow a pill. Some children have no problem swallowing pills; others flatly refuse or are terrified. Here are some strategies for helping your child master this important skill. Pills vs Liquid Medicine Medicines for...

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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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Education
Montessori Practices You Can Put to Work at Home

Montessori Practices You Can Put to Work at Home

Most parents have heard of Montessori schools and might have a basic understanding of how they operate. If you're like me, however, you haven't thought about incorporating Montessori practices into your home, especially if your child doesn’t attend a Montessori...

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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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Family Matters
Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Q.  When my middle school daughter cried because she wasn’t put in the same English class as her best friend, I called the principal to request she be moved. I told my sister about it, and she called me a “lawnmower” parent. She said I make excuses for my daughter and...

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How to Get Teens Out of Bed in the Morning

How to Get Teens Out of Bed in the Morning

Q.We have two boys, ages 13 and 16. My husband leaves early for work, so it’s my job to get the boys up, ready for school and out to the car for the drive to school. I have to call them several times before they finally get up. By then I’m frantic, because we barely...

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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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Family Connections
Upcoming Technology for Cutting-Edge Families

Upcoming Technology for Cutting-Edge Families

Just as 2019 hits full stride, the technology giants are plying their newest wares. Last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as in every year, was an extravaganza of tech finery, providing a barometer for things to come. Not everything that happens in Vegas stays...

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Teens Have a Nuanced Relationship with Social Media

Teens Have a Nuanced Relationship with Social Media

Stereotypes of young people are hard to shake. Every ensuing generation seems to pepper their juniors with breathy judgment. For the past decade, the youthful use of social media has invited shrill suspicion. Jabs against supposed social and personal corrosion have...

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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...

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