Fighting Childhood Cancer

As part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Random Acts of Light Campaign, Kendra Scott recently treated a young Austin cancer patient to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. M. E. Powell was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2016. The Kendra Scott South...
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Gala to Celebrate Children’s Shelter

On Saturday, November 10, 2018 the SAFE Storybook Gala will bring "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Austin. The night will celebrate children at the SAFE Children’s Shelter and include an auction and raffle. SAFE is committed to ending...
Kids on Congress Texas Book Festival

Kids at the Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival says its Kids on Congress venue will incorporate kids' events and entertainment. The festival, on Oct. 27 and 28, will include children's book authors Jacqueline Woodson, Dan Santat and Minh Lê, Yuyi Morales, Megan McDonald, Sharon Draper and...
U R Our Hope Beyond the Diagnosis Rare Diseases Art Exhibit

Rare Diseases Art Exhibit

A traveling art exhibition that spotlights rare childhood diseases is making its first visit to Texas. Oct. 1 marks the opening of “Beyond the Diagnosis,” hosted by U.R. Our Hope and Texas State University at Round Rock. According to Beyond the Diagnosis, there are...
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New and Local Books

Several Austin-area authors have new books on the shelves this month. Forest Therapy by certified life coach Sarah Ivens debuted on Sept. 4 and explores the forest bathing trend — also known to the Japanese as shinrin-yoku and to the Scandinavians as friluftsliv. The...

Open Call for Girl Actors

WAITRESS, the Tony-nominated musical premiering at Bass Concert Hall in January, is looking for two young girls to perform the role of “Lulu” for the duration of the engagement. The “Search for Lulu” will take place in Austin on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. – 12:30...

Hospital Awards

Baylor Scott & White Health leads Texas in the number of accolades earned in U.S. News & World Report's “America’s Best Hospitals” 2018-19 list, released in late August. Sixteen Baylor Scott & White hospitals were recognized, with two receiving national rankings. “We...
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9 Ways to Keep Family Hikes Fun

9 Ways to Keep Family Hikes Fun

“Another bridge!” my daughter yells and rushes up to bounce across the boards over the creek. Bridges are a favorite on our family hikes — that and the chocolate in the trail mix. We hike a lot as a family. Some days, it’s tough to get the kids going, but then they...

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Put a Spark in Your Family Campfire

Put a Spark in Your Family Campfire

Whether you’re nestled deep in the woods sitting on logs beside your tent or chilling out on chairs in your backyard, gathering around a campfire is often a highlight of fall and winter nights.   The warmth of a crackling campfire creates the perfect setting for...

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Helping kids find their passion

Helping kids find their passion

Your daughter wants to be a rock star one minute, a doctor the next. How can you help her find direction without stifling her inquisitive spirit? The career counselors at Austin Community College (ACC) have some tips for explorers. Each year, they help thousands of...

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Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Domestic Violence

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can happen to anyone in an intimate relationship — regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age or race. Also called “intimate partner violence,” domestic violence can happen in all types of intimate relationships, whether married, living together...

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RSV: What You Need to Know

RSV: What You Need to Know

Every year, respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV, an illness in the lungs and breathing passages) causes over 2 million doctor’s visits among young children in the US. About 57,000 of these children are so sick, they need to be treated in a hospital. The American...

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Does Your Child’s School Support Health and Wellness?

Does Your Child’s School Support Health and Wellness?

We want our children to be healthy. When they’re at home, we offer nutritious food, encourage exercise and promote wellness. But once school begins, our kids spend many of their waking hours at school. So, does your child’s school support or sabotage health and...

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UV Exposure — Are You at Risk in Your Car?

UV Exposure — Are You at Risk in Your Car?

You probably know it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays at the pool or beach. But did you know you’re at increased risk from ultraviolet (UV) radiation in your car?   About 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left side of the...

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Education
Why Technology in the Classroom Deserves a Closer Look

Why Technology in the Classroom Deserves a Closer Look

I’m revealing my age by saying that I can remember getting our first black and white home computer, which took pride of place in the dining room for the whole family to use. My first cell phone didn’t come until college, when social media was non-existent.   Our...

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529 College Savings Plans, Explained

529 College Savings Plans, Explained

Saving for college can be overwhelming - the savings options alone can make your head spin! The 529 plan is arguably the most well-known college savings vehicle. This overview will give you a better understanding of the popular plan and can help you make the best...

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How I Learned to Love Collaborative Classrooms

How I Learned to Love Collaborative Classrooms

It's hard to believe summer is almost over and our kiddos will soon be heading back to school! I still remember those final summer days when I nervously waited to learn which teacher would be mine and which friends would be in my class. Now that I'm a parent, the...

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Weird Science: Three Projects for Home Exploration

Weird Science: Three Projects for Home Exploration

You can’t read a parenting magazine these days without coming across the acronym STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We all know it’s important to expose our children to these disciplines, but do you ever find yourself feeling a little intimidated...

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Family Matters
Even Young Kids Can Be Affected by Domestic Abuse

Even Young Kids Can Be Affected by Domestic Abuse

Q.  I’m in a bad situation. My husband yells at me in front of our children (2 and 7 years old). He says I’m fat and lazy. He says he hates me. Once in a while, he hits me, but not where anyone could see. I’m staying with him for now because I have nowhere to go and...

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Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Q.  We were eating in a restaurant when my 16-year-old son blurted out “You’re bad parents!” This presumably because we took away his cell phone during the meal. He said he was expecting an important text from his girlfriend. He and his sister left and started walking...

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11 Things to Try When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

11 Things to Try When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

Q. My son is 14 and often refuses to go to school. Sometimes, I can convince him to get in the car, but then he’ll refuse to go inside. If I walk him into the school, later he’ll have a physical complaint such as a stomachache or headache, and I’ll get a call from the...

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Little by Little, Work on Skills All Summer

Little by Little, Work on Skills All Summer

Q. This summer, all my kids want to do is have fun. They ask to swim and play all day. They ask to eat junk food while skipping vegetables and fruit. I enjoy the summer break too, but when do I need to get them ready for the next school year? A. I’m all in for summer...

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Family Connections
Shield Your College Student from Identity Theft

Shield Your College Student from Identity Theft

Back to school. Every year is more surreal as our kids seem to age at warp speed.   This is especially true for parents faced with tearfully remembering the first day of kindergarten as they drive away from newly furnished dorm rooms with college-level well-wishes...

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3 Apps (and More) for Learning to Read

3 Apps (and More) for Learning to Read

This is the first sentence of this article, and the fact that you can read it isn’t to be taken for granted.   According to research noted by ourworldindata.org, only 12 percent of the world population was literate in 1800. 12 percent! How mind-blowing is that?  ...

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Top Tools for Your Family Game Night

Top Tools for Your Family Game Night

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles huddled around a game table set up in the living room. Games went on for hours. There was banter, laughter and strategy. They lived in a rural, poverty stricken community. There...

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