Parenting, Child Development, and Family Life

Hi! I'm Heather Gallagher and I'm an Austin, Texas based documentary and lifestyle family photographer. I have over 15 years of professional experience and have had the honor of capturing over 500 families across the US and abroad. In addition to being a full-time photographer, I'm a mother, wife and CODA (Child Of Deaf Adult).

These days there are endless options for families looking for a photographer and while it's wonderful to have...


It’s 8pm. Dinner is over, the dishes are done (maybe), bath time is over, and you’re ready to fall into a heap, but the kids are bouncing off the walls. We’ve all been there. First you ask nicely, then you beg, then you bargain (“Ok, ok, one more story…”). What if there was an easier way? Good news -- there is, and not only will it calm your kiddos, but it might just calm you down a touch as well.

According to the Mayo Clinic, not only...


"If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." - Ignacio Estrada

Our modern education system requires students to sit stationary for long periods of time. Traditional school settings often impose expectations that may not be developmentally appropriate or ideal for your child’s learning style. There is a range of acceptable behavior and coping skills that most students...


1. The book: Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky

About the book:

This is a great read for any parent wanting to learn about supporting and encouraging the seven essential skills to helping your child thrive emotionally, socially and relationally in this day and age. The chapters are broken down into the seven skills, based on research along with applicable...


"Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk

Parents are the ultimate experts on their children. They have an innate instinct around their child's needs, and are their best advocates and teachers.

All children have different strengths, as well as their own unique developmental trajectories. Beyond the typical worries around milestones and skills, some parents may find themselves...


Why does it feel like we are always so pressed for time in December? Oh, yeah, because it’s the holiday season, children are off from school, for some it’s year-end at work or for small business owners, and we have to clean, cook, shop and entertain! That’s a lot to cram into a few weeks, not to mention all the other daily activities and…life. I know it may seem impossible, but there are ways to get a little bit of extra help from your kids...


The holiday season is approaching, and that means many families will be packing suitcases, hoping in the car or boarding an airplane, and heading over to their friends and families. Aside from suitcase essentials, food is my next biggest concern. Providing nutritious snacks while traveling can be tough, so here are a few tips to help you keep the food your kids eat reasonably healthy, affordable, safe, and well-received by your...


One of the number one ways to help kids learn to eat and appreciate new foods is to get them in the kitchen. Great idea, right? The only problem is that cooking with kids is not always easy and stress-free. When kids are in the kitchen, it is messy. It is loud. It slows down food preparation. It is exhausting. It tests your patience. But it is totally worth it.

Research, over and over again shows that if parents can encourage their...


Did you know a normal 10-year-old owns about 238 toys; however, only plays with about twelve each day. That is only 5% of their toys!

What?! I know! If your child only had twelve toys, play room clean up would be a snap.

But most children do not have just twelve toys and thus playroom and bedroom clean up, where toys are concerned, usually takes a long time or is just never done or completed due to the overwhelming nature of the...


On Saturday, August 6th we joined The Big Latch On event at BabyEarth Round Rock as an exhibitor in support of breastfeeding mothers and families. BabyEarth Round Rock hosted a local Big Latch On event for families in north Austin and Enlightened Baby hosted an event for...


Pardon me if I have professed my love of spaghetti squash in the past on my blog and on my Facebook page.

It is sad that I did not learn of it until a few years ago, but it was worth the wait! When I started eating gluten free, it was hard at...


How to encourage awareness and acceptance of others through a fun dinner activity.

Hi Parents and Caregivers!

This is Annie. I wanted to share a wonderful family activity I came across recently that promotes global cultural awareness in a fun and engaging way. It encourages acceptance of others as well as an understanding of the differences in the way people live around the world.

I was over a friend’s house having...


To fulfill our mission of providing a central resource for families to turn to anytime they seek guidance, we are constantly looking for new ways to make your search processes and decisions a bit simpler. We know that summer time is a favorite for children and families, we also know that finding activities to keep children entertained and enriched during the summer can be a time-consuming and challenging task.

So, we have some exciting...


On July 4th Parenters was featured on Austin Expecting's blog introducing our company and services to the parent community of Austin and the surrounding area. We loved the post and hope you enjoy reading it!

Here it is:

First, a brief Hello from our Founder, Annie Ferreri

Hi Parents and Caregivers of the Austin community!



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