7 SIMPLE WAYS TO REDUCE BACK-TO-SCHOOL ANXIETY

7 SIMPLE WAYS TO REDUCE BACK-TO-SCHOOL ANXIETY

A lot of kids feel anxious at back-to-school time, after a long summer full of fun. They are often the most anxious when they are about to go to a new school, are going through a transition year from elementary to middle school or middle to high school, or when a best...
Fireworks Do’s and Don’ts

Fireworks Do’s and Don’ts

  Each year, in the month surrounding the Fourth of July, nearly 300 people are seen daily in U.S. emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). There were about 15,600 injuries and at least 18 deaths...
Awesome Austin Theaters

Awesome Austin Theaters

Whether you have extroverts on your hands who love to be center stage or introverts who adore a good story unfolding before their eyes, take a peek into Austin’s theater scene. Many of them offer children’s shows, summer camps or improv to get the audience in on the...
Four Parenting Tools From A Dad of Twins

Four Parenting Tools From A Dad of Twins

Our home life with twin girls is a blessing, but to be honest, it can be rough. We are mixing a sleep-deprived couple, two rightfully demanding babies, and a to-do list of tasks unrelated to babies. It’s not the best mixture. As a first-time dad of twin girls, I joke...
Kid-Friendly Backyards To Inspire Nature Play

Kid-Friendly Backyards To Inspire Nature Play

As the weather warms up, it is a wonderful time to encourage outside play. The natural world offers both physical and emotional benefits for our kids, helping them feel happier, healthier and calmer. Yet, it can sometimes be a challenge to compete with screen time....
13 Ways Kids Can Cash In

13 Ways Kids Can Cash In

Teaching kids the value and rewards of hard work and earning their own money is an integral part of helping them develop into responsible adults. Through this, they gain self-esteem, learn the real value of a dollar, and develop better saving and spending habits. So,...
Four Fun Ways To Act on Climate Change

Four Fun Ways To Act on Climate Change

This Earth Month, plant the seeds for family climate action all year long. Three years ago I started a meetup for Austin parents around climate change. I was worried for my kid’s future – for all kids’ futures – and felt tired of watching helplessly from the...
Birthday Party Fun, Austin Style

Birthday Party Fun, Austin Style

Those darn birthdays–they keep coming around year after year. As the years go by, planning a birthday party for your child that is unique and different can be a challenge. Unless your kid is like one of mine who demands the same annual birthday event (I’m not gonna...
What Type of Camp Should Your Child Attend?

What Type of Camp Should Your Child Attend?

When we were kids, life was simpler. Many of us just hung around the house during the summer and played with neighborhood friends or maybe attended a local day camp sponsored by our school or city. Well, nowadays there are camps for everything you can imagine! It can...
Generation Alpha

Generation Alpha

. Did you have a Speak & Spell? I got one after seeing it in the movie “E.T.” and I was obsessed, especially with its version of hangman: Mystery Word! I showed a Speak & Spell to my Generation Alpha sons recently and you’d think I’d shown them an artifact...
Gifting Experiences

Gifting Experiences

Last year, I decided to do something a little different for the holidays. I asked everyone on my side of the family to give my children experiences instead of toys. At the time, we had our house listed for sale, and I could not handle the thought of more “stuff” to be...
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