8 Birthday Traditions to Try This Year

Every year when I was a kid, my parents would let me choose where I wanted to eat dinner out for my birthday. Kids love to feel special, and it can be a challenge to find the time to come up with ways to make a birthday a knockout. Never fear! Below are 8 ideas for...

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The Combo Birthday:  4 Party Themes for Both Boys and Girls 

My youngest two children—a girl and a boy— have birthdays three weeks apart. For my convenience and sanity, I often combined their parties. Whether you’re in the same situation or just want guests of both genders to have a great time, here are a few party themes that...

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Candles and Wishes: Suzanne Gladden Helps  Spread Birthday Cheer

By Sherida Mock She made the pledge before she knew how many kids she’d signed on to help. When it turned out to be 100 kids, she took a big breath and made it happen. “This is really accidental,” says Suzanne Gladden of the nonprofit she founded two and a half years...

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6 Tips for Raising a Baby Who Loves Veggies

Planning to start your baby on solid food this season? Think green: Research shows that babies who eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruits before their first birthday are more likely to be veggie-lovers at age 6. Here’s how to get more of the season’s best produce...

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Apples to Apples: Is Organic Produce Worth the Cost?

When you shop for groceries, do you wonder if that organic apple is worth the extra dollar a pound? And what is that extra dollar buying you, anyway?  A September 2012 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that organic produce does not have any...

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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

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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4 Tips For Finding the Right Summer Camp

When the summer camp guide from a local arts center arrived in our mailbox, my daughter paged through it eagerly. She then proudly pointed to about 13 different camps she planned to sign up for this summer. From circus camp to acting camp to a camp where you make your...

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Keep Toy Safety in Mind This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a great time to assess the toy situation in your house. Use it as a “fresh start” for finally tackling that overflowing toy box. In addition to removing excess toys, it’s also critical to pay special attention to those that pose a safety concern....

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