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Violence Prevention

Violence Prevention

Burnet Middle School recently joined over 2,400 schools nationwide for Sandy Hook Promise’s (SHP) national "Start With Hello" call-to-action week. Start With Hello is a no-cost, easy-to-implement program for schools and community organizations. With the program,...

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Food Quest

Food Quest

Celebrating local foods and all things Texas, H-E-B is searching for the most creative and mouthwatering, Texas-based food and beverage entrepreneurs or small businesses to participate in the 2017 H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best competition. Interested creators...

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Volunteer Awards

Volunteer Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, recently announced its Texas honorees. Included were two Austin youths named as finalists. Carissa Mallory, 17, and Eesha Nayak, 15, both of...

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Austin Rugby

Austin Rugby

The Austin Huns recently announced a new partnership with Spectrum Sports, in which all seven of the team’s home games for the 2017 season will be broadcast exclusively on Spectrum Sports in Texas. “We expect an exciting season ahead, and our club cannot wait to share...

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Family Matters
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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Do Kids’ Gifts Need to Be Equal?

Do Kids’ Gifts Need to Be Equal?

Q.  I always dread gift opening time at my house, because the kids count gifts and tally value in their heads. They often accuse me of favoring one over another. Should I be counting boxes or making sure my receipts add up to the same amount? A.  You’re not alone in...

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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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Education
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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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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Feature Articles
A Night Out – Local Astronomer Turns Kids into Star Gazers

A Night Out – Local Astronomer Turns Kids into Star Gazers

Amy Jackson wants you to look up. She hopes your kids will, too. As an astronomer and former classroom science teacher, she values the lessons we can all learn from the night sky. Jackson is the founder of Starry Sky Austin and the author of a new children’s book,...

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How To Raise Kids Who Love Code

How To Raise Kids Who Love Code

Over 600,000 computing jobs are available in the US, but only 43,000 computer science majors graduated last year. That startling statistic from code.org may explain why 9 out of 10 parents want children to learn computer programming. Even kids who aren’t likely to...

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Humor
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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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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Lifelines
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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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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