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College Student Incubator

College Student Incubator

In October, Austin+SocialGood announced its rebranding to SocialGood.us, a national platform for social innovation, impact and entrepreneurship. It also announced the creation of LevelUp Institute, an incubator for low income, first-generation college students. The...

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Westcave Anniversary Book

Westcave Anniversary Book

In time for gifting the nature lover in your life, Westcave Preserve has released Discovering Westcave: The Natural & Human History of a Hill Country Nature Preserve in celebration of the Westcave Outdoor Discover Center’s 40th anniversary. The book, by S....

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Foster Care and Adoption

Foster Care and Adoption

Family Link at Legacy Ranch recently opened its newest location, the Legacy Austin Children's Home, in south Austin. Founded nearly 10 years ago by Executive Director Mariah Wilde, Family Link is a Christian based foster care and adoption agency providing placement...

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Mother-Friendly Worksite

Mother-Friendly Worksite

Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity solutions company, announced its recently-earned designation as a mother-friendly worksite. The company's Austin and Irving, TX, locations earned the award through the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program, administered by the...

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Family Matters
Holiday Guests  Cook Up Drama  in the Kitchen

Holiday Guests Cook Up Drama in the Kitchen

Q: We have several extended family members staying with us over Thanksgiving, and they all follow special diets. Some of them are vegetarian of different types (some eat eggs, some eat fish and some are vegan). Some of them are gluten-free. Some just don’t like...

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Bird Nest Parenting:  An Innovative Custody Solution

Bird Nest Parenting: An Innovative Custody Solution

Q. My husband and I have decided to separate. Our kids are 2 and 6, and we’re already seeing behavioral problems after telling them that Dad is going to live somewhere else. One of our friends suggested we try “bird nest parenting.” What do you know about it? A....

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The Bully Returns: How Can I Help My Daughter Cope?

The Bully Returns: How Can I Help My Daughter Cope?

Q My teenage daughter was bullied in grade school by a classmate. Luckily, he went to a different middle school. But yesterday, my daughter learned they both attend the same high school. I’m wondering if I should speak with his parents or a school counselor. How can I...

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When Should I Introduce Solid Foods?

When Should I Introduce Solid Foods?

Q. Our first child is 4 months old. Some of my friends say they started their babies on solid food at 4 months. My mother wants me to start solid foods now. I’m breastfeeding, and my pediatrician says it’s best to wait until 6 months old. What can you tell me about...

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Education
Shopping For Gifts? We Test Drove Cool Possibilities

Shopping For Gifts? We Test Drove Cool Possibilities

Selecting winter holiday gifts for children can be a challenge, especially when you strive to combine educational benefit, affordability and fun. Here is a look at five toys that may give you some food for thought, including reactions from a few local families...

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Do You Know Your Child’s Learning Style, and Does It Matter?

Do You Know Your Child’s Learning Style, and Does It Matter?

Some of us are visual learners, and some of us are auditory learners, right? It seems like an accepted part of education: we each learn best when information is presented a preferred way. But current thinking in many scholarly circles says this assumption may be...

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10 Tips for Rocking The Parent-Teacher Conference

10 Tips for Rocking The Parent-Teacher Conference

Many schools have beginning of the year parent conferences. Be prepared with your questions to get the most out of this time with your child’s teacher. Debbie Shiabu, executive director of the Association of Private Schools; Anne Davis, education contributor for the...

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Feature Articles
Practicing Gratitude: It’s More Than Good Manners

Practicing Gratitude: It’s More Than Good Manners

At the restaurant a young girl fidgets in her chair. The server places a tall glass of milk in front of her. “What do you say?” reminds her mother. “Thank you,” responds the child dutifully. As parents, we often play a role in this scene. But what are we teaching? Ben...

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Humor
5 Reasons Why Santa Actually Is Terrifying

5 Reasons Why Santa Actually Is Terrifying

Maybe your child adores Santa Claus and has loved taking pictures with him since infancy. If so, this piece is not for you. It’s for the rest of us: the optimists, the believers—each year we take our kids to see Santa, hopeful we’ll snap the perfect shot, only to...

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The Actual Stages of Pregnancy

The Actual Stages of Pregnancy

As I near the end of my second pregnancy, I have been reflecting on the journey that is childbearing. Yes, there are technically three trimesters, but I think pregnancy is better described in more than three stages. The “I’m Pregnant! This Room Smells Like Cheese”...

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(Mis)adventures  in Potty Training

(Mis)adventures in Potty Training

I’d describe myself as an “average” parent, somewhere between hand crafting organic applesauce and leaving my kid in a closet all day. I’m also woefully unprepared for certain toddler milestones. The one we are tackling now is potty training. A Google search produced...

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Sippy Cup Lessons

Sippy Cup Lessons

Disclaimer: I actually do love being a stay-at-home mom. I remember the day my toddler graduated from sippy cups to regular cups like it was yesterday—mostly because it was yesterday, which is nice because pregnancy brain has erased all memories more than two weeks...

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Lifelines
Spring Forward, Fall Back:  Make Sure Your Child Gets Enough Sleep

Spring Forward, Fall Back: Make Sure Your Child Gets Enough Sleep

Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 6, and we’ll all set our clocks back one hour. As any parent knows, that little hour makes a significant difference when it comes to bedtime for our children. Dr. Bradley Berg, a pediatrician in Round Rock, explains, “Children are more...

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3 Unexpected Reasons for  Poor School Performance

3 Unexpected Reasons for Poor School Performance

When your child brings home a note from his teacher that he is having problems in school, how do you make sure you are addressing the real cause? Of course, you’ll make sure your child is getting enough sleep and eating properly. But there are other reasons behind...

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The Eyes Have It: 5 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Vision

The Eyes Have It: 5 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Vision

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety month! Take a minute to educate yourself on what you need to know to protect your child’s vision. Keep Up with Eye Evaluations Eye evaluations can help identify any problems with your child’s vision. Hillary Onan, MD, an...

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