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Navigating Adolescence: New UH Clinic Aims to Help Families

Posted on · Adolescence can be a challenge both for the kid going through it — and for that adolescent’s family and friends. Now, a new clinic recently opened at the University of Houston to help kids and parents to navigate. It’s called the Adolescent Diagnosis, Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Center — or ADAPT. We talk with the […]

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From Comedian to ‘Warrior Mom’ — One Mother’s Crusade to Help Her Special-Needs Son

Posted on · When Sheletta Brundidge, who bills herself as the funniest mom in Houston, found out her husband had lost his job — just after her son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder — she stopped laughing. Her son's medical insurance was going to run out, and thousands of dollars in much-needed therapy loomed. So Brundidge transformed […]

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Bringing Baby Home: Advice for Couples Becoming Parents

Posted on · We learn about Bringing Baby Home, a workshop to help couples adjust to being new parents — from adjusting to new schedules, to new relationship dynamics, to changes in a couple’s sex life. BrandI Tarver, a marriage counselor in the Friendswood area, tells us more. The next workshop is being held at the University of […]

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Summer Reading: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Elizabeth Gregory, author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood. We look closer at why women are embracing having […]

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Astronaut Discusses Helping His Kids Deal with Him Being Away for Long Periods

Posted on · In the first in a series of discussions with Houston parents whose jobs can take them away from their kids, we hear from former astronaut Kenneth Cockrell about the challenges of being a parent working in space during the height of the Shuttle program. Cockrell was born in Austin, but considers his home Rockdale, a […]

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The 34th Houston Area Survey: Thursday’s Show (April 30, 2015)

Posted on · Findings from the 34th annual Houston Area Survey will be revealed Thursday. The report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is the nation's longest-running study of any metropolitan area's economy, population, life experiences, beliefs, and attitudes. We have the first detailed look at it on Thursday’s Houston Matters, as we speak with its […]

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At What Age Should We Stop Protecting Our Kids from Harsh Realities?

Posted on · There are many harsh realities in the world, many of which we have to explain to our children at some point, but how do parents determine what to explain and when? In other words, when does childhood innocence end and experience begin? We discuss that issue with parenting blogger Fred Goodall and Dr. Megan Mooney, […]

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Helping Single Moms Find Housing in Greater Houston

Posted on · Last month, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services opened a Single Parent Houston campus in Meyerland. It’s designed to provide housing, employment assistance, counseling and other services for single mothers facing a crisis. We learn more about it, and about other services available for single moms in Greater Houston.

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Author Hopes to Help Fathers Build Better Relationships with Their Daughters

Posted on · We talk with a Houston author who says dads don’t have a lot of tools when it comes to building relationships with their daughters. That’s why Alicia Arajuo-Elatassi wrote Querido Papá, or “Dear Dad.” It’s a bilingual book in which she shares some of her own experiences with her father as lessons for today’s families.

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Veterans Retreats and Street Harassment: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Posted on · The 2007 best-selling book (and 2013 film adaptation) Lone Survivor tells the story of Navy SEAL and Houston native Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of a gun battle during a mission in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell was badly wounded, and wasn’t rescued until several days after the battle. It’s a harrowing story, but as is […]

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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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Lone Star Nation, Tough Talks with Kids, and André de Korvin: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 30, 2014

Posted on · In his new book Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America, Richard Parker examines how his native Texas has changed dramatically in the last 30 years – and how it’s in the midst of change right now and will continue to be so in the years to come. He notes how the suburbs of […]

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Is Corporal Punishment a Relic or Still Relevant?

Posted on · The case of NFL star Adrian Peterson being accused of child abuse has brought the topic of corporal punishment to the minds of the nation and many in Greater Houston. Many have criticized his alleged actions — but plenty have defended him saying they were also hit by their parents growing up. On this edition […]