|Little Kids hit the Big Top||
To highlight the importance of play in children’s lives, the Children’s Center of Austin sponsored an “Under the Big Top” play day.
Kids ages 10 and younger romped with Kiwi the clown, tossed balloons, enjoyed carnival games, had their faces painted, and listened to stories.
|McNeil Debate Team: We're Proud of You!||
It was a fabulous run.
After besting debate teams from Texas to Singapore, the McNeil High School Debate Team reached the quarterfinals of the Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum.
Then, last month, the McNeil team received an all expense-paid...
|McNeil Debate Team: We’re Proud of You!||
It was a fabulous run.
|Texas Students Can Take the ACT for FREE!||
A new partnership between the Texas Education Agency and the company that produces the ACT achievement test means Texas kids now can take the test for free.
|Walk-in Counseling for Kids & Parents Available||
If you’re concerned about your child’s behavior but don’t have the resources to see a private psychologist, the Austin Child Guidance Center can help.
|Brykerwoods Elementary Wins Eco Award||
The City of Austin has honored Brykerwoods Elementary School with the 2010 Environmental Awareness Award for its work in protecting and enhancing the environment. The school joins such notables as the Zero Waste Alliance and the Austin Energy Green Building Program in receiving the award....
|Enchant the Family at Enchanted Rock||
It has been more than four years since our most recent move to Austin and yet, until a couple weeks ago, we had failed to introduce our children to the Hill Country’s most famous landmark.
Thirty years later, I can still recall the frozen horror that filled the kitchen that Sunday.
|Selling the House||
My son kept watch
He washed and dried
|The Kid in Mom||
One afternoon after a hot day at school and a sweaty ride home on scorching black leather Volvo seats, the kids ran directly into the pool with their clothes on.
|A Mother's Day Welcome||
Shifts on the Crisis Hotline followed a pattern. Some callers wanted basic information about food, clothing, or shelter; others needed to hold on, white-knuckled, to life until the suicidal urge had passed. Some callers were “regulars,” the mentally ill who called to...
|Intro to Motherhood||
Once the cord is cut,
Each pulse, each breath
|Scraps of Time||
Some women learn how to be a good mother from their own parents. I was lucky; I have a phenomenal mother, and she taught me well. But some of the most important lessons I learned – about mothering, loving, and making the best use of the time you're given with your family -- came from another...
I am having a bad morning after an even worse night.
My daughter is having a tantrum and screaming so loudly the neighbors can hear. Neighbors I never invite over, because I don't want them to see how empty my house is, how I can't afford to buy a steamer and paint to cover the ugly...
|Pigtail Woman Reflections on a Career Suspended||
Sometimes my darling daughter I fear that in discovering you I am losing myself
As I make decisions my head never thought I’d make but which feel so right to my heart.
I revel in the closeness of our connection
Yet, at the same time, I wonder if I...