7 Ways to Motivate Kids to Do Chores

7 Ways to Motivate Kids to Do Chores

    My kids’ rooms sometimes resemble a frat house. But instead of empty beer cans and pizza boxes, my kids have 10 water bottles and half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwiches scattered throughout their space. I know that parents have complained about...

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The Thrill of the Hunt

The Thrill of the Hunt

  Looking for a free, fun activity that will get the family outside and in adventure mode? Try geocaching. Geocaching combines the thrill of treasure hunting with the ability to find specific locations utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS). GPS was made...

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7 Tips for Celebrating December Birthdays

7 Tips for Celebrating December Birthdays

December is touted as the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” but parents know it’s really the “Most Jam-Packed Time of the Year.” With Christmas parties, winter recitals, and travel plans galore, it’s a wonder that any family can fit in holiday traditions, much less...

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10 New Thanksgiving Traditions

10 New Thanksgiving Traditions

  Holiday traditions can be a source of joy that families look forward to each year—turkey carving, parades, reunions with family, all of these things fill our hearts. But as the calendar rolls around to November, you might find yourself wanting to replace some...

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Our Top 10 Tips for Taking Kids to ACL Music Festival

Our Top 10 Tips for Taking Kids to ACL Music Festival

October is here, and for live music lovers from around the world, October in Austin means the Austin City Limits Music Festival. For two weekends our airport is bustling and Zilker Park is overflowing with happy festivalgoers. Some people assume ACL isn’t a place for...

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Paws and Consider: 5 Types of Emotional Support Animals

Paws and Consider: 5 Types of Emotional Support Animals

  We all know that pets become part of the family when they enter our homes, but beyond simply being a loving pet, animals can also serve as therapeutic tools for children struggling with emotional issues like anxiety and depression. Such pets are referred to as...

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Do You Know Your Child’s Love Language

Do You Know Your Child’s Love Language

  Feeling loved helps children overcome many obstacles, contributing to a feeling of well-being that will help them excel in school, friendships and all other areas of their lives. “Often, parents assume that their kids just ‘know’ they are loved, or that saying...

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5 Tips For Traveling On A Budget This Summer

5 Tips For Traveling On A Budget This Summer

  Traveling is a great way to enjoy new experiences, learn about the world, bond with your family and take a break from the monotony of long summer days. Since the cost of travel can be prohibitive, many families don’t get away as frequently as they’d like or...

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When Should You Give Your Child A Smartphone?

When Should You Give Your Child A Smartphone?

How do smart parents determine the best time to give their child a smartphone? Is the “Wait Until 8th” approach best, or should the decision be based on factors other than age? No matter where you land in the debate, one thing is certain - smartphones are here to...

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N, S, E, W Fun in Every Direction!

N, S, E, W Fun in Every Direction!

Austin has so much to offer families who want some summer fun, but what else is out there? Turns out that one hour north, east, south and west of Austin yield some great summer adventure zones, each with a slightly different appeal. Fill up your gas tank, pack your...

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How To Declutter Your Life To Reduce Stress

How To Declutter Your Life To Reduce Stress

How many times have you yelled at your kids to clean up the mess in their bedroom or playroom? Believe it or not, that clutter isn’t just stressing you out because you are annoyed—it is stressing out the entire family because the sheer existence of clutter is linked...

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High Commitment Sports – 3 Things To Consider

High Commitment Sports – 3 Things To Consider

    When it comes to kids’ sports, every parent wants to hear the coach say, “Your child has real potential.” With that simple praise of talent, visions of college scholarships and big-league contracts suddenly dance on the horizon. Before long parents are...

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