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Keep Austin Beautiful

Keep Austin Beautiful

Keep Austin Beautiful will host its annual city-wide Clean Sweep event on Saturday, April 8. The event includes over 130 service projects in one day. Volunteers are still needed to help with the volunteer appreciation party at Huston-Tillotson University beginning at...

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Free Golfing

Free Golfing

Kids across the nation are gaining accessibility to the game of golf, thanks to an alliance with Topgolf, the PGA TOUR and the LPGA. On March 19, junior golfers (ages 6-17) from The First Tee and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf enjoyed an afternoon of free game play, golf...

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Mrs. Texas America

Mrs. Texas America

Local mother and volunteer Stephanie Hopkins will represent Austin in competing for the title of Mrs. Texas America on May 5-6, 2017, in Corsicana, TX. Hopkins and her husband, Brett, have three sons, ages 9, 5 and 2. A survivor of domestic violence and family...

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Unclaimed Property

Unclaimed Property

Williamson County residents may have money waiting for them in the state’s unclaimed property database, and they’ll have an opportunity to search for it at an upcoming event hosted by the Texas Comptroller’s office and Williamson County Clerk Nancy Rister. Comptroller...

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Family Matters
I’m Too Tired for Date Night!

I’m Too Tired for Date Night!

Q: How can my husband and I have a good relationship while raising young children? I’m a stay-at-home mom of two who’s too tired from a full day of caregiving to stay awake for a date night. And it’s expensive for us to go out. Is the classic date night the only...

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Will My Vegetarian Teen Get Enough Nutrients?

Will My Vegetarian Teen Get Enough Nutrients?

Q.  Our 14-year-old son came home from school and announced he is now a vegetarian. This decision surprised us, because he’s never liked vegetables. Why do you think a hamburger-loving, vegetable-hating kid would suddenly decide to become a vegetarian? What can a...

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How Can I Help My Traumatized Kids?

How Can I Help My Traumatized Kids?

Q. I recently left a bad relationship in which I was abused. I thought my kids (3, 7 and 13) were tough and would bounce right back. But friends have suggested I seek therapy for them. How can I tell if they are traumatized, and how can I help them? A. Many children...

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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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Education
When I Grow Up:  Career Insights for Your Child

When I Grow Up: Career Insights for Your Child

With the holidays past, spring break on tap and summer still a few months away, March is a great time to take stock of how your child’s school year has gone and think about what lies ahead. It’s also a great time for kids to reflect on where their interests lie—...

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Can Your Child Be Spanked at School?

Can Your Child Be Spanked at School?

Last month, I wrote of the impressive efforts being made to bring social and emotional learning into Austin schools, where mindfulness and other techniques are helping children manage their emotions more productively. This month, I take a look at something that stands...

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Feature Articles
8 Birthday Traditions to Try This Year

8 Birthday Traditions to Try This Year

Every year when I was a kid, my parents would let me choose where I wanted to eat dinner out for my birthday. Kids love to feel special, and it can be a challenge to find the time to come up with ways to make a birthday a knockout. Never fear! Below are 8 ideas for...

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The Combo Birthday:   4 Party Themes for Both Boys and Girls 

The Combo Birthday:  4 Party Themes for Both Boys and Girls 

My youngest two children—a girl and a boy— have birthdays three weeks apart. For my convenience and sanity, I often combined their parties. Whether you’re in the same situation or just want guests of both genders to have a great time, here are a few party themes that...

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Humor
3 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Mom 

3 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Mom 

You could say this list applies to humans in general, but we moms have an extra dose (or five) of hormones ruining our emotional stability, so take extra care not to say these three things to us: Comments on our appearance. “You look tired,” says the grocery store...

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3 Ways  to Trick Your Toddler

3 Ways to Trick Your Toddler

Before I had kids, I looked down on pregnant women and families with kids chowing down on fries and burgers. I’d smirk smugly to myself and think, When I’m pregnant, I’ll only eat organic, and my kids will be born eating kale. I was naïve and didn’t know the first...

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All I Want For Valentine’s Day is (Not) You

All I Want For Valentine’s Day is (Not) You

Dear husband (and children), Please do not take this personally, but I would prefer to not see you on Valentine’s Day. If you are stuck on what to buy as a gift, or what grand gesture to perform, please know I am easy. Skip the chocolate and roses (boring), and just…...

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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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Lifelines
What Your Child Needs to Know About Dogs

What Your Child Needs to Know About Dogs

Here’s a “safety talk” to have with your child: what to do when interacting with dogs. You’ve probably had many conversations about how to cross the street, how to deal with strangers and other safety concerns. But what are you teaching her about staying safe around...

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How Much Sugar Is Your Child Consuming?

How Much Sugar Is Your Child Consuming?

“Kids can’t help it! We love sweets,” laments Jonas, a 3rd grader at UT Elementary. That’s confirmed by a recent report showing US children consume about 19 teaspoons of added sugars a day—more than 3 times the recommended amount. And parents love to give kids sweets:...

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Are You Treating Your Child’s Cough the Right Way?

Are You Treating Your Child’s Cough the Right Way?

Chances are, your child will get a cough this year. In fact, coughs are one of the most common reasons that children see a doctor. To make sure your child gets better and not worse, you must be knowledgeable and prepared. It’s important to know what to do, what not to...

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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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