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Featured Partner - The Austin Artery

May 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM / by Gabby Fisher posted in Art, art for kids, Day Camp, discount, Education, Partners, STEM, Summer Camp, summer camps, Tech

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Featured Partner: High Schoolers Get Ready for College with Summer Springboard

February 16, 2018 at 10:18 AM / by gabbyfisher posted in applying for college, college application, College Prep, Education, General, high school students, parenting, parents, Partners, SAT scores, summer, Summer Springboard, teens, UC Berkeley, Yale

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Summer Springboard is an amazing organization that is helping high school students (and their parents!) get ready for college. We interviewed the team to give you greater insight into this leadership development opportunity and how Summer Springboard can benefit your high school student. 

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Spring Break Fun!

February 5, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in camps, Day Camp, Education, General, Local Tips, parenting, parents, Spring Break

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Some of you might have amazing Mexican cruises scheduled or perhaps you plan to vacation in Europe. However, if spring break means more work and less play, we have some suggestions for where the kids can hang while school isn't in session and you are at work.

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11 Tips for Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child - UPDATED!

February 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby Fisher posted in Education, Entertainment, Local Tips, parenting, parents, Partners, registration, special needs, sports, STEM, summer, Summer Camp, summer camp for kids, summer camps

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It's high time to start thinking about summer plans for the kiddos! Choosing the right camps might seem like a daunting task, but no need to worry. This article offers you concrete tips for choosing the right camps for your kids. As a mother of four, I understand the feeling of urgency, and I'm ready to help ensure your kids have a fantastic summer camp experience.

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Music: How Does It Help My Child?

January 8, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, children, Education, General, Health, instruments, Kids, Kwaddle, Music, musical, News, parenting, parents, play, sing, STEAM, STEM, Tech

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I love music.

It is truly the one thing that can melt away stress and make me a more pleasant person almost instantly. While I would've loved to make a career out of singing, that was never really an option for me so instead I dove into being an educator and mama. Because music is a constant in our lives, it didn't take long before my children took an interest as well. My oldest is undoubtedly a musically inclined child too. She has a great set of pipes and does pretty well with the piano too. My younger daughter also sings beautifully and will hopefully begin taking guitar lessons in the near future. Both of our boys also love to sing, but it is yet to be determined if that's the beginning or end of their talent. To me, music is a huge part of life.

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Featured Partner: Courtney Harris Coaching

January 3, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in child centered, children, coaching, Communication, communication with kids, Education, General, Health, Kids, parenting, parents, special needs, teenager, teens, therapy, trust

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This week’s featured partner is Courtney Harris Coaching.

Courtney is a Child-Centered Coach who specializes in working with pre-teens, teens (typically 11 – 19 year olds), and their parents. We know that mental and emotional health is very important for our children and teens. However, like me, you may not be familiar with what coaching is about so I took time to chat with Courtney to learn more about what coaching is all about.
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Social Media: 5 Tips for Keeping Our Kids Safe Online

December 21, 2017 at 11:58 AM / by Gabby F. posted in Apps, cell phones, children, Education, Entertainment, General, Health, Kids, online safety, parenting, parents, social media, Tech

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I am someone who enjoys social media and appreciates the good that can come from it. However, I am fully aware of the dangers that my involvement in social media can have on my life. As parents, we want nothing more than to keep our children safe. In today’s world, that might be harder than just making sure they don’t get harmed by a stranger or hurt on the playing field. Access to the internet and more specifically social media can really open our children up to many new dangers. It is our job to not only be good role models for them, but to also equip them with the skills to stay safe online.

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Three Things I Learned by Volunteering at My Children’s School

December 18, 2017 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in Christmas, Christmas tree, Education, foster care, General, grief and loss, Health, holiday, Kids, parenting, parents, special needs, tree

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For the past two days, I had the privilege of volunteering at my children’s elementary school. In our small, rural community it seems that everybody knows everybody. However, after spending some time with the students, it became very clear to me that I don’t know as many people as I thought I did. While I won’t share any real names or personal information, I do want to tell you about the lessons spending time with these awesome kids taught me.

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Should We Make Our Kids Say Sorry?

November 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in apologizing, behaviors, children, consequences, Education, General, Health, Kids, parenting, parents, sorry

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Christmas Buying Guide for Parents

November 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, books, children, Christmas, clothing, Education, General, holiday, Kids, memories, movies, s.t.e.a.m., shopping, sports, STEM

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Move Over Thanksgiving! Christmas is coming!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE shopping on Black Friday! For me and my sisters, it is a tradition that always proves to be a great time. We literally leave at midnight and get to our favorite shops around 1am. (Did I mention we live in the country?) Lines? Nope. Just pure no-kids shopping, super deals, and no headaches (until at least 5am). We eat breakfast two times in the middle of the night and then grab lunch before arriving home just in time to lay down for a nap with our littles. The awesome thing is that with a good plan in hand, I can usually knock out my entire Christmas list in one clean sweep. However, since my money tree isn't producing as well as I'd like, I have to pay close attention to what I am buying and how much I spend.  Read on to find out how I shop for my four favorite little people.

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