October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and members of the Texas Association of Orthodontists (TAO) invite children across the state to trade in their Halloween candy for prizes or cash. Simply bring in candy gathered around Halloween to a participating...
Regents School of Austin recently announced it has won the national “Math for the Win” contest and the chance to chat with an NFL Player and published mathematician. Texas Instruments asked students and teachers across the country to show how they use math to win at...
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
Q I don’t believe in physical discipline of children. It bothers me when I see an out of control parent angrily spanking a child in public. I’ve spoken up a couple of times and been cussed out. My husband says, “You’re not the parenting police.” When should a...read more
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...read more
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...read more
The receiving line at a co-worker’s funeral. Chair-side at a sister’s chemotherapy treatment. The first time you meet your baby nephew, who happens to have Down Syndrome. Everyone has been in the dreaded “what the heck am I supposed to say?” position, and no one has...read more
Summertime is the perfect time to keep your child’s mind sharp, increase his or her confidence and delve into subjects and skills that capture your child’s interest. Plenty of local camps provide learning opportunities, from learning to code and building robots to...read more
by Sherida Mock Life for Jen and Brandon Hatmaker is hardly slow. The couple, who lives in Buda, just south of Austin, are both authors and tour the world on speaking engagements. They are also parents to five children. They are working to launch a nonprofit called...
Between costumes, candy holders, treat wrappers and plastic decorations, Halloween can quickly become a landfill’s worst nightmare. Multiply that by the number of kids you have, and you’re left with quite a bit of wasted junk on your conscience. Fortunately, just...
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...read more
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...read more
Disclaimer: I actually do love being a stay-at-home mom. I recently watched the 2015 film “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” which tells the harrowing tale of its 1971 namesake. The study examined the psychological effects on prisoners and guards, and basically stuff...read more
My son is in a stuffed animal phase. He carries them around the house as he completes his daily activities: knocking the books off shelves and splashing in the dogs’ water bowl. He hoards them in bed at night, sings to them and gives them sweet kisses. So, you can...read more
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...read more
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...read more
You may not be doing the right things to protect your children from sun damage. As many as 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. “Skin cancer risk is related to cumulative lifetime sun exposure,” says Dr. Ted Lain, a board-certified...read more
Kids look forward to summer fun in the sun. But especially here in Austin, where the average high in July is 96° F, we need to take steps to protect our children from heat-related illness. “Children can develop heat-related illness, especially during the first...read more