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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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Helping Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities Lead Their Own Lives

Posted on · All parents wonder what their children will do when they’re grown — where they’ll live and what kind of life they’ll lead. That includes parents of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Will they live at home the rest of their lives? Will they work? How independent will they be? We learn about services available […]

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Funding Texas Schools: Is the System Fair or Falling Short?

Posted on · This week on News 88.7, education reporter Laura Isensee has been examining how schools are financed in Texas in series called “Funding Texas Schools: Fair or Falling Short?” The five-part series tells the story of parents fighting for better funding for their children’s schools. It also examines what the current school funding system means for […]

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For This Houston Family, Ballet Is Life

Posted on · When Houston Ballet’s Spring Showcase hits the stage this weekend, five of the dancers will be siblings. So how did two parents – who admit they are not the best dancers – produce a family of ballet enthusiasts? News 88.7’s Arts and Culture Reporter Amy Bishop went to downtown Houston to learn more about Houston’s Westerman […]

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Should Taxpayers Support Childcare Costs for Grandparents or Other Relatives Raising a Child?

Posted on · About a quarter of a million Texas kids live with some family member, or close friend, other than their parents. This keeps them out of foster care, but can put a financial strain on their caregivers, for which there’s little public financial support. Should there be? A senior policy analyst with the progressive think tank, the […]

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Pasadena Schools Experiment with ‘Charlas’ To Help Students By Coaching Their Parents

Posted on · It’s a common refrain in education circles: kids will do better in school if their parents are engaged in the educational process. However, an experiment in Pasadena is putting that concept to the test, by coaching parents in informal sessions called “charlas.” We learn about them, and discuss their potential impact with Houston Public Media […]

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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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What Leads Adopted Kids to Seek Out Their Birth Parents?

Posted on · According to the State Department of Family and Protective Services, more than 1,300 children in Harris County were waiting to be adopted last year. Many such children will likely come to a point in their lives when they consider searching for their birth parents. Some adoptees simply want to learn more about their medical history; others are simply […]

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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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Year Round School, Films, and the Houston Shakespeare Festival: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 30, 2014

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 […]

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Border Refugees, Response & Security: Houston Matters for Monday, July 14, 2014

Posted on · Since October, more than 52,000 undocumented children have come into the U.S. Most of these children are from Central America, and many of them arrived unaccompanied by adults. The local response here in Greater Houston has been mixed. Organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are asking for donations, foster care parents, and volunteers […]

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What’s the Proper Ethics for Houston’s Many Parent Bloggers?

Posted on · A blogging conference coming up later this year is inviting Houston’s bloggers to discuss how to turn a blog from a hobby into a business. Organizers of Blog Elevated say last year’s conference drew an overwhelming number of parent bloggers. These are moms and dads who chronicle their family life, share tips and advice, and […]

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Living Without a Car in Houston & Parent Blogging: Houston Matters for Monday, April 14, 2014

Posted on · Is it possible to live in Houston without a car? With the new car-sharing service Zipcar arriving in Houston, and the growth of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, we explore the challenges and benefits of living without a car in Houston. We talk with two residents who’ve been living car-free for a year or more. […]

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What Are the Unique Challenges of Being a Parent in Houston?

Posted on · Here’s the understatement of the year – parenting has its challenges. And parenting in Houston can bring its own wrinkles – figurative and literal ones. Moms and dads in Houston probably spend more time in the car, driving kids to and from activities. In the worst of our summer heat, there are probably some limits […]