High School Musicals

Catch highlights from all the best high school musicals in one place at this year's Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center. Over 500 local students will take the stage to perform fully-executed numbers from shows...
Hospital gown design contest

Design Contest

Children's hospital gowns can be boring and uncomfortable. To change that, the My Starlight Gown contest invites you to come up with a cheerful alternative. Hosted by Scholastic, Starlight Children's Foundation and Niagara Cares, the contest asks for original designs...

BBQ and Family Fun

Get your tastebuds tuned up for judging. The Brushy Creek MUD in Round Rock will host its annual barbecue cook-off and family festival on May 4 as 35 teams compete for the top prize. Besides tasty meats hot off the grill, visitors can enjoy live tunes and a Kid Zone...

Theatre for the Very Young

Zach Theatre is bringing a big hit for young children to its main campus. After a successful run with sold out performances at ZACH North, the play Wake Up, Brother Bear! will move to ZACH’s Whisenhunt stage, running March 24 through May 26, 2019. The production,...

Lunch Balances Paid

A+ Federal Credit Union has donated more than $2,000 to Austin ISD schools to pay off overdue lunch balances as part of its yearlong A+ Gives program. The program is in celebration of its 70-year anniversary and is designed to give back to the communities that have...

Advanced Placement Honor Roll

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin was named to the College Board's AP District Honor Roll on March 13, 2019. The district is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored. To be included on the honor roll, Catholic Schools in the Diocese of...

Mall Overhaul

Barton Creek Square will get a significant renovation, both inside and out, beginning now and extending through the winter. Simon, the mall's owner, says the end result will be a brighter, more inviting atmosphere for shoppers. Retailers will remain open during...
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Featured Articles

Bicycle Basics: Free-Wheeling Safely at Every Age

Bicycle Basics: Free-Wheeling Safely at Every Age

Want to encourage a lifetime of fitness, fun and freedom? Bicycling offers all three, and today’s young riders are safer than ever. Per government statistics, kids’ fatalities from bike accidents have dropped 62 percent since 1999. But that doesn’t mean you should...

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Tejano Music Spots a Rising Star

Tejano Music Spots a Rising Star

It’s no small thing to be compared to Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the late and beloved Tejano singer from south Texas who rose to fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s with hits like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” But Mia Garcia, a bubbly and energetic 11-year-old Austinite, is worthy of the...

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Introverted Kids Smash the Team Sports Mold

Introverted Kids Smash the Team Sports Mold

There's no doubt, team sports offer an array of benefits to kids. Team sports provide opportunities for kids to develop friendships, work as a team, problem solve, learn good sportsmanship and much more. But what if your kid just isn’t interested in being on a team?...

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We once had a pet mantis. Not the inside kind (because…just Eewww), but the kind of pet that lives outside on our kitchen window. My kids loved looking for it each morning. It was like a natural elf on the shelf hunt every morning. Our little “pet” loved our home...

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Are Supplements the Right Choice for Your Child?

Are Supplements the Right Choice for Your Child?

Many websites and social media posts encourage the use of supplements for children — sometimes with claims for treating specific medical conditions. How can you know which supplements your child needs, if any? Dr. Reshma Shah, a pediatrician interested in nutrition...

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What to Know About Food Allergies in Children

What to Know About Food Allergies in Children

More people have food allergies than ever before. The number of people with food allergies has increased by 50 percent over the past decade or so. According to FARE, a food allergy research and education advocacy group, one out of every 13 children has a food allergy...

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Strategies for Teaching Your Child to Swallow a Pill

Strategies for Teaching Your Child to Swallow a Pill

The day will come when your child will need to swallow a pill. Some children have no problem swallowing pills; others flatly refuse or are terrified. Here are some strategies for helping your child master this important skill. Pills vs Liquid Medicine Medicines for...

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Now Is the Time to Gather Your Family Health History

Now Is the Time to Gather Your Family Health History

The holiday season is the perfect time to collect information from relatives about your family health history. “Knowing your family health history can help identify your child’s risk of developing certain serious diseases and health conditions,” says Dr. Lisa Gaw,...

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Education
Play Breaks Give Students the Winning Edge

Play Breaks Give Students the Winning Edge

One look at a child, and you know she is meant to be a body in motion. Why then did schools begin reducing recess and physical education time? Many blame it on standardized testing, as the need to demonstrate good scores affected the prioritization of academics at the...

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Montessori Practices You Can Put to Work at Home

Montessori Practices You Can Put to Work at Home

Most parents have heard of Montessori schools and might have a basic understanding of how they operate. If you're like me, however, you haven't thought about incorporating Montessori practices into your home, especially if your child doesn’t attend a Montessori...

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Modern Classrooms Let  Kids Move All Day Long

Modern Classrooms Let Kids Move All Day Long

Our childhood classrooms, with their long rows of stationary desks, are gradually disappearing. They’re being replaced by rooms thoughtfully designed to incorporate more movement into the daily student experience. Teachers are also working to include kinesthetic...

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Family Matters
Parenting in Harmony Takes Work

Parenting in Harmony Takes Work

Q. My daughter and I got into a heated argument the other day. My husband was there, and he took my daughter’s side. It’s been bothering me ever since, and my relationships with both my husband and daughter have been affected. How can I make things right? A. I think...

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Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Q.  When my middle school daughter cried because she wasn’t put in the same English class as her best friend, I called the principal to request she be moved. I told my sister about it, and she called me a “lawnmower” parent. She said I make excuses for my daughter and...

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How to Get Teens Out of Bed in the Morning

How to Get Teens Out of Bed in the Morning

Q. We have two boys, ages 13 and 16. My husband leaves early for work, so it’s my job to get the boys up, ready for school and out to the car for the drive to school. I have to call them several times before they finally get up. By then I’m frantic, because we barely...

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My Toddler’s Tantrums Are Getting Worse

My Toddler’s Tantrums Are Getting Worse

Q.  My 2-year-old son is having trouble giving up playtime. A while ago, I noticed when I ask him to stop playing so we can leave the house or eat or go to bed, he throws a tantrum. So, I was just letting him tire himself out. But recently, he started banging his head...

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Family Connections
Internet Challenges Quickly Captivate Young Brains

Internet Challenges Quickly Captivate Young Brains

In the summer of 2011, I did a dumb thing. Fueled by bravado, ego and vacation mischief, I gobbled down a “Man vs. Food” hamburger challenge, piled high with ghost chiles. Ghosts are associated with death for a reason. I writhed in pain, twirling in bed for 24 hours...

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Upcoming Technology for Cutting-Edge Families

Upcoming Technology for Cutting-Edge Families

Just as 2019 hits full stride, the technology giants are plying their newest wares. Last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as in every year, was an extravaganza of tech finery, providing a barometer for things to come. Not everything that happens in Vegas stays...

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Teens Have a Nuanced Relationship with Social Media

Teens Have a Nuanced Relationship with Social Media

Stereotypes of young people are hard to shake. Every ensuing generation seems to pepper their juniors with breathy judgment. For the past decade, the youthful use of social media has invited shrill suspicion. Jabs against supposed social and personal corrosion have...

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Letters to Santa in the Digital Age

Letters to Santa in the Digital Age

Recently, a friend of mine heard her kindergartener praying. She tip-toed to the door and eavesdropped. As she quietly listened in she realized, hilariously, that her daughter was praying to Santa. I smiled so hard it almost broke my face. Jelly Belly vs. Jesus for...

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