It's Christmas season 2021, and I'm celebrating this year with a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old. Throughout this year, I've noticed the changes in my daughters. Slowly, we've moved away from glitter and princesses and closer to black combat boots...
High School marching band: you either totally get it or you don’t get it at all.  Sure, you’ve probably seen the band perform its halftime show at your local football games, but there’s so much more to band than meets...
Has your child ever come home with tears in their eyes and a story about a complicated situation that took place on the playground? Have you ever wondered what on earth is the best advice to give them? Playground politics...

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No one told me I would still be trying to solve my children’s sleeping issues long after they leave the crib. My kids are in elementary and middle school and sleep issues still pop up from time to time....
Summertime, and the livin' is easy—especially if you’re a teen who just got out of school for the summer. While most teens would love to spend their summer catching up on sleep, swimming, and hanging out with friends, there...
I’ve always read out loud to my children, even before they were born! Later, I would read to them at bedtime. I've also always encouraged audiobooks. These were great as my children were beginning readers and later as we...
When parents think of their teen’s phone use, they often imagine hitching a ride with Uber, ordering a pizza on Grubhub, or making videos on social media. But smartphones, social media, and convenience apps have made access to illegal...
I was chatting with a local mom when something she said stopped me in my tracks. “The number one risk factor of a young person developing a drug and alcohol issue is early exposure.” And that exposure starts inside the...
Oh, Valentine’s Day. You either love it or hate it, but you can’t help but admit that it is a little fun to have a dedicated day to remind those closest to you how much you love them.  Sure, you’ll...
My son had a little tricycle that I would push him around before he could peddle. Come to think of it, he was never that good at that tricycle. When it came time to riding a bike, there were...
As if 2020 wasn't terrible enough, my baby is starting middle school this week. For reference, 6 years ago, I wrote a long-winded, overly emotional post half in tears about how she was starting kindergarten. For more reference, kindergarten...
It’s the most...wonderful time… of the yeaaaaarrrrrr! And by this I mean HALLOWEEEEEN!  We are all having to deal with whatever that’s going to look like for trick-or-treating in this, the year of the Great Pandemic Pause, so I’ve been stressing...
Remember those days of dressing up the family in (temperature inappropriate) outfits, consisting of coordinating shades of orange and brown corduroy and flannel, then carefully planning around nap times and feedings to visit the local pumpkin patch in the...
Tween years can be a construction zone with the need for reduced speed, maneuvering cones, twists, turns, and bumpy roads. Sometimes the lane narrows and you have take things one at a time. My first tween, my son, was...

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¿Qué Pasa San Antonio? is a weekly update on family friendly and focused events in the Greater San Antonio area, including Boerne, New Braunfels,...