Family Nature Day

Join Travis Audubon for a morning of nature-filled activities on Sat., Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at Blair Woods Sanctuary. Enjoy a fascinating presentation by Sky Kings Falconry featuring majestic live birds of prey at 11:30 a.m. Other activities include guided...

Girls Empowerment

Girls Empowerment Network welcomes its 2019 featured speakers Aisha Thomas of San Antonio and April Bowman of Dallas to reinforce a powerful message for girls, BELIEVE IT & BE IT, at its 12th annual WE ARE GIRLS AUSTIN on Sat., Nov. 16, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m....

Putt for Autism

Spark Learning’s Putt Fore Autism is celebrating its 6th year featuring a mini-golf tournament, raffle, and silent auction. The event will take place on Sat. Nov. 2 at Peter Pan Mini Golf located at 1207 Barton Springs Rd. Participants can try their hands at the...

Children’s Book Signing

On Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Austin writer Cate Berry will launch her latest children's book, Chicken Break! at BookPeople. The book features ten wild and crazy chickens on a mission to escape the coop and have some fun. One by one, the chickens break out. When all ten...

Christmas Parade

On Saturday, Nov. 30, the 31st Annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade will be held, benefiting the Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa. Enjoy giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, famous children's characters, spectacular marching...

Run for the Water

The Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water will be held Nov. 3 in downtown Austin. This premier fall running/walking fundraiser supports the people of Burundi. Through their collective fundraising efforts, the foundation is able to build water projects that provide...

Junior League Christmas Affair

Now in its 44th year, A Christmas Affair is a five-day holiday market that hosts more than 200 retail merchants from across the country and attracts more than 25,000 patrons.  The theme, "I’ll Be Home for Christmas," celebrates Christmas spent with loved ones.  A...
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Make this Thanksgiving Meaningful

Make this Thanksgiving Meaningful

When we think of Thanksgiving Day, delicious food, football, and getting together with family and friends come to mind. The original purpose of Thanksgiving was to show gratitude and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Now, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, it is easy to...

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Three Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Three Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Growing up, my overachieving family placed a high value on competency. “Often this translated into a mindset critical of one’s self and others, where we frequently saw the bad before the good.   This way of being, like all patterns, became habitual for me and my...

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Don’t Make Grandma Sick:  Food Safety for Thanksgiving

Don’t Make Grandma Sick: Food Safety for Thanksgiving

You may have already started planning your holiday season cooking for friends and family. But have you thought about ways to minimize harmful germs that can get into food? Poor knowledge of safe food preparation, serving, and storage can result in food borne illness....

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What Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

What Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

Is Your Child at Risk for Hearing Loss? We reached out to Dr. Corrie Roehm, FAAP, FACS, a pediatric ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist at Dell Children’s Medical Center and clinical assistant professor at Dell Medical School, to learn more about hearing loss in...

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What You Need to Know This Flu Season

What You Need to Know This Flu Season

Flu season is right around the corner! Last year, about half of all adults in the United States didn’t get a flu shot. Almost 4 out of 10 parents and caregivers of children under 18 years old said that they didn’t vaccinate their children. Why does this matter? People...

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Make a Family Emergency Plan

Make a Family Emergency Plan

Does your family have an emergency plan? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Almost half the adults in the U.S. are unprepared for an emergency. Not having a plan or adequate resources could put you, your family and your pets at risk. Advanced planning can seem...

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Education
The Truth About Childhood Mental Disorders

The Truth About Childhood Mental Disorders

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental disorders among children are described as “serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day.” Media...

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Online Learning Comes of Age

Online Learning Comes of Age

A dear friend called me to talk about her first-grade daughter, who was complaining of boredom in school. As a former educator, she wanted my advice. The family didn’t want to change schools or teachers, but they did want to ensure their daughter stayed engaged and...

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Celebrating 30 Years of Library Card Sign-Up Month

Celebrating 30 Years of Library Card Sign-Up Month

This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Started in 1987 by the American Library Association, the national observance was created with the goal of ensuring that every child might obtain and use a library card. During the month,...

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Do Dress Codes Target Girls?

Do Dress Codes Target Girls?

When I write, most of my research begins with a Facebook post and informal chats with friends. I like hearing people’s thoughts on a topic before I start writing, to ensure a broader perspective. Twenty minutes after my post on dress codes went up, it was readily...

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Family Matters
How to Foster Gratitude in Children

How to Foster Gratitude in Children

Q. Our two kids are ages seven and 12, and they want so many things. They see something a friend or classmate has, and they want it. They see something on TV, and they want it. My husband gives them everything they ask for, and even some expensive items they don’t ask...

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Should Children Attend Funerals?

Should Children Attend Funerals?

Q.My father has been in hospice care in our home and we’ve been told he will die soon. Should my wife and I take our children to their grandfather’s funeral? Our children are two, seven, and ten years old. Our seven-year-old is an anxious child who is afraid of...

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Raising a Child Who is LGBTQ

Raising a Child Who is LGBTQ

Q.Recently our 14-year-old son told us he is gay. Just yesterday, our 12-year-old told me he feels like a girl in a boy’s body. We are shocked, and my husband is having a hard time. How can we love and support our two boys? I think we may lose friends and family over...

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10 Behaviors to Model for Your Kids

10 Behaviors to Model for Your Kids

Q. You often mention that parents need to be role models for our children. Exactly what behaviors and values do you believe we need to model?   A.  Being a good parental role model is important, because children mimic what they see and hear. This is sometimes...

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Out and About
Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

One of the best ways to cultivate gratitude is to seek out wide open spaces. Marveling at the vastness of the star-filled sky, an expansive view, or a wide river can create a unique sense of wonder that only the natural world can provide. Here are just a few places...

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Making Hay: Fall Fun at the Farm

Making Hay: Fall Fun at the Farm

Sweet Berry FarmLocated about 50 miles northwest of Austin in Marble Falls, Sweet Berry Farm is considered one of the most beautiful fall destinations in Central Texas. This year, visit their “Harvest of Fall Fun” throughout the entire month of October,...

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Upgraded Fun: Dick Nichols Park

Upgraded Fun: Dick Nichols Park

Parents and caregivers have been enjoying the expansive Dick Nichols Park for many years. But one thing the park has lacked in years past is shade over the playscape area. Thankfully, that problem has been solved. Last year, Austin Parks and Recreation installed large...

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Save Buck at a Kids-Eat-Free Spot

Save Buck at a Kids-Eat-Free Spot

Sure, eating out is a treat, but it’s also easy to spend way too much money. That’s where Austin’s wide range of generous “kids-eat-free” restaurants can help out. We focused on three Austin/Texas-based spots where you can keep your cool and find free or...

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