About Christine Sinatra
Christine Sinatra is the communications director for Texans Care for Children and mom to a kindergartener. Her past experience includes working as a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman and the Oakland Tribune company, being a Peace Corps volunteer for high school girls in Africa, and studying at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.
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The Scoop on What’s Changing for Health Care

September 11, 2013 0

Passions run pretty strong when it comes to the nation’s health reform law, the Affordable Care Act (OK, Obamacare). Still, a lot of families don’t know much about the law or what’s set to change […]

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Take It Like a Tourist: Lost Pines Resort

July 31, 2013 0

As you might have noticed, this summer we are running a few new regular features. On Wednesdays, we’re writing about taking on the city as tourists — even though we live here. So, we might […]

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Take It Like a Tourist: Inner Space Cavern

July 10, 2013 2

As you might have noticed, this summer we are running a few new regular features. On Wednesdays, we’re writing about taking on the city as tourists — even though we live here. So, we might write […]

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Moms Making a Difference

May 8, 2013 1

Ever heard of the activist roots for Mother’s Day? Back in 1870, Julia Ward Howe, an advocate for equality, women’s rights, peace, and the abolition of slavery, put out a proclamation on what some say was the first Mother’s Day. […]

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Three Moms Every Lawmaker Should Meet

May 1, 2013 1

About a year ago, fellow LiveMom blogger Nicole introduced me to Alexandria Garza. A single mother to a little girl, Alexandria was uninsured when doctors diagnosed her with some serious health problems, including a heart […]

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Raising a Budding Activist

April 24, 2013 0

Think back: What’s your earliest memory of wanting to change the world? Chances are, long before you could cast a ballot, you were a kid who cared deeply about something. You truly believed you could […]

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A Fit Family With Help from the School

April 3, 2013 0

Oh, right . . . fitness. Am I the only one who needs reminding about this? When it comes to my family’s health, lots of things manage to get my attention regularly. Runny noses serve […]

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Rally Round-Up for 2013

February 11, 2013 0

There are so many reasons to live in Austin. My list would include all the affordable, fun things to do as a family, the 10 months of sunshine, and the many big city offerings we […]

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The Lege Is Here. Are You Ready?

January 14, 2013 1

Oh boy, here we go! The 83rd Texas Legislative Session started last week, and I fully anticipate this one being as exciting, exhausting, rewarding, and at times as infuriating as the six ones I’ve worked […]

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Boiling It Down: Property Taxes

October 27, 2012 4

This week, you likely drove on local roads, maybe dropped your child off at a public school, and passed a hospital, fire station, police department, and library somewhere along the way. Chances are you didn’t […]

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Help Get to 10,000

October 22, 2012 3

Texas is in the news again, and in less-than-good ways. We’ve got the school districts suing the state. We’ve got health professionals pointing out  there is a multi-billion IOU for Medicaid health care. It all […]

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Saying No to Soda?

October 1, 2012 3

If you’re reading this in Texas, you’re bringing up your children in one of the country’s most obese states, so that’s the bad news. The good news is Texas, and Austin specifically, are also home […]

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Activism with Your Child: Rallying at the Capitol

August 29, 2012 0

I love mommy-daughter dates. My daughter and I regularly embark on adventures both big and small, from wandering through Houston’s museums, to exploring Manor’s Ghost Town, to delighting our taste buds at Whole Foods’ never-ending […]

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A School Environment Safe for Every Kid

August 27, 2012 1

When Dallas-area student Chantal was just 8 years old, she faced a lot of trouble in school. A bright, compassionate kid diagnosed the year before with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, she would sometimes […]

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Texas Parents Opt Out of State Tests

August 20, 2012 2

If you’ll forgive my sounding like an old fogey here: Boy, things sure have changed since I was a kid. My soon-to-be kindergartener is entering public school at a time when funding for education has […]

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Rally Thursday and Make Some Noise

June 26, 2012 0

Recently, my boss and friend Eileen offered to put on an event. The date and place were to be determined, but the purpose had been set: celebrating you, your family, and your say in what […]

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A Mommy Mob Party

June 16, 2012 6

Whenever we hit summer, I always find myself antsy-pantsy to throw a party. My line of work doesn’t slow much in summer, and child care gets more complicated not less. Still, there is that little […]

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Celebrating Tax Day 2012

April 16, 2012 0

Ah, tax-filing time! Last year, I used this space to talk about tax day, including appreciating what good we do together with our tax dollars. I provided a pie chart—of how much goes to our […]

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The Impact of Pre-K – Free Event April 12

April 2, 2012 2

Some years back, I started a day care search with a list from the now-defunct nonprofit Family Connections. The list showed all the licensed child care options within 5 miles of my house. I know, […]

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Counting on a Health Care Happy Ending

March 19, 2012 2

My preschooler plays with a kid who has cystic fibrosis. I think of him and his parents daily. There are many families like them, of course, dealt some hand that I, by dumb luck, missed. […]

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Mommy Mob: Beyond the Blame Game

March 7, 2012 1

In the midst of some pretty dramatic play dueling, I heard my 4 year old yell, “Stop dying!” at his older brother who lay sprawled on the ground with his tongue dramatically jutting out of […]

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To Drug or Not to Drug – Not an Easy Call

February 1, 2012 1

photo credit: Amanda M Hatfield It seems like every few months there’s a news story that looks at the way we as a nation medicate our kids—the increasing rates, the negative side effects that can […]

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The New Sonogram Law for Texas

January 11, 2012 2

photo credit: @cdharrison Texas’ new sonogram law is, as of yesterday, the law of the land for Texas women. After some wrangling in court over whether the law is constitutional, an appeals court yesterday decided […]

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Mommy Mob: How to Tackle Child Abuse

January 7, 2012 2

I was six the first time I heard about a child being horribly abused. My older brother was the one spilling the beans. I can remember locking myself in the bathroom at the time, crying […]

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Mommy Mob: What to Do about Bullying

October 26, 2011 0

photo credit: Kakakrokodil There are few tougher days in a mama’s life than when she sends her child off to school for the first time. It’s scarier than all heck to let our babies (because, […]

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The Really Good Health News You May Not Have Heard

October 12, 2011 3

photo credit: Daquella manera It’s not hard to imagine things being just a little better—a little easier, a little more reasonable and fair—for women and kids. Yes, yes, we’ve come a long way, baby. I […]

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I Don’t Know How Any of Us Do It

September 17, 2011 2

In her  movie out this weekend, Sarah Jessica Parker ditches sex and the city for kids and high finance, and I feel for her. I picked up the novel I Don’t Know How She Does […]

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Checking Up on Those Check-Ups

August 20, 2011 0

Ah, the whirlwind of activities surrounding a child’s birthday. My daughter just turned eight. Parties, presents, cake–check, check, check. Spoiled by the grandparents–double check. She finally has the rollerblades she’s been begging for, which were […]

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Kicked Out of Class Over What?

August 6, 2011 1

That can’t be right was my reaction, and I imagine a lot of folks’, to the report out last month that 60%  of Texas students get suspended or expelled in middle or high school. When […]

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The Mommy Mob Chronicles: A Mom on a Mission

June 11, 2011 1

This is the first in a series of posts about what happened—the good, the bad, and the ugly—for families during the Texas legislative session. The series kicks off with a mixed report about a program […]

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What’s a Mommy Mob for?

June 4, 2011 3

By now, every Austinite has their celebrity-sighting story, whether it Matthew McConaughey or Sandra Bullock. Mine is spotting Molly Ivins in the Magnolia Café booth next to mine, about a year before she died. To […]

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Shortcuts, Sugar, and Showing Big Soda the Door

May 21, 2011 1

I confess I like shortcuts. I prefer ponytails to blow-drying, Roomba to Swiffer, throwing important papers in messy-desk piles to neatly filing them away. If I were a women’s magazine, I’d say these were “time-saving […]

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The Search for a Child-Sized Therapy Couch

May 2, 2011 2

When your child’s fever spikes or her arm breaks, figuring out where to go for help is pretty obvious. That’s not true, though, when the concern involves mental health. Is a half-hour visit with the […]

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As Tax Day Approaches, a Thank You

April 13, 2011 5

By about an hour and a half into our family’s tax preparation Saturday, my fidgety preschooler, her stressed-out dad, and I were all going a little bonkers. This is no one’s favorite annual ritual, is […]

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