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Has Technology Changed the Summer Camp Experience for Houston Kids?

Posted on · Time was, you went off to some overnight camp out in the woods where you sat around the campfire, sang songs, toasted marshmallows and swam in a lake. Do Houston kids do that anymore? Well, some kids still get shuttled off to summer camp, but as technology is more pervasive than ever in our lives, […]

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Making the Most of Your Kid’s Summer Day Camp Experience

Posted on · School is out for the summer for most of Greater Houston, and many kids will attend summer day camps in the coming weeks and months. That’s nothing new. But the number and variety of day camps available in the area has grown greatly just in the past decade, according to Sarah Gish. Since 2003, she’s […]

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BubbleLick: Houston Family Makes Bubbles Edible

Posted on · We learn about BubbleLick, a product that allows kids to blow edible bubbles using their favorite beverage. The product was designed by two Houston parents in the medical profession, pediatrician and allergist Dat Tran and pediatric nurse practitioner Holly Phan-Tran, and their children, Dylan and Rilina. We hear from their daughter, Rilina.

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Kids Become Superheroes to Fight Summer Boredom at Children’s Museum

Posted on · Boredom can often be a problem for kids during the summer months. Kids also love superheroes. What do those two things have to do with each other? Well, kids can get the chance to create their own superheroes, suit up and battle the evil villain Dr. Boredom this summer at the Children’s Museum of Houston‘s Summer […]

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When is Too Soon to Start Thinking About Your Child’s Career?

Posted on · We discuss how students and their parents are handling requirements set out in an education law (House Bill 5) passed back in 2013. The bill stipulates, among other things, that eighth graders choose one of five areas of study, which will affect the courses they take in high school: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), […]

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How to Have that Difficult Conversation with Your Kid

Posted on · We discuss preparing for the talk. THE talk. The one you dread having with your kids. Of course, yes, there’s more than one; subjects ranging from sex to divorce to health problems to death can be challenging at times for parents to address with children. And what you say, how much you say and when […]

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HISD Superintendent Terry Grier Answers Your Questions

Posted on · For the last five years, Terry Grier has served as the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest public school district in the nation, and the largest in Texas. In advance of a new school year, we welcome your questions for Superintendent Grier about public education in Houston. While we’ll discuss a variety of issues relating […]

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Ask the Pediatrician: Your Children’s Health Questions Answered

Posted on · We welcome your questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong, assistant professor of pediatrics at The UT Health Science Center at Houston, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Any question you might ask your own family doctor about the health and well-being of your children will be welcome.

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How to Find a Good Daycare in Houston

Posted on · Some parents may scramble, at times, to find child care during the summer months. For some working parents with younger children, it’s a year-round challenge. And for Houston parents who want high quality care for their child that’s affordable and convenient, it can be a long and frustrating process to find day care that fits. We discuss when parents […]

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Would Year-Round School Ever Work Here in Houston?

Posted on · School is still a few weeks away for most Texas students, but classes have already begun for some in the state. That includes in El Paso, where students within Socorro ISD started attending class on Monday. They’re in what’s commonly referred to as “year-round” education. Instead of a long summer break – students get shorter breaks during […]

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Getting Kids to Eat Healthy Includes Teaching Them to Cook

Posted on · A few months ago we had a discussion about efforts to get kids to eat healthier. And while there are many programs and efforts within schools to teach kids where their food comes from – by doing things like starting a small garden on the school grounds – not all those programs take the next […]

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What’s the Value of Outdoor Education?

Posted on · Fifth graders in Houston public schools have, for nearly 40 years, participated in Outdoor Education Programs at two centers, in Forest Glen and Olympia. But future funding for the programs may be in doubt. We learn about such outdoor education programs, and both their benefits and challenges. Then, we discuss research examining the impact of […]