Katy Brank

Katy Brank
As a professional policy wonk, Katy helps companies navigate the impact of domestic and international politics on business affairs. As a mother, she passionately teaches her kids to understand and participate in the world around them. Katy is married to her highschool sweetheart. Together, they have two boys and a girl — or as they refer to them — the Heir, the Spare, and the Queen in-between. Their dog, who believes king-sized beds are too small, their aquatic turtle named Chelsea, and their flock of backyard chickens, round out the Brank Family Circus, who reside in Richardson, Texas. Her Instagram page and personal blog, Sandbox Politics , document her adventures in raising the next generation of global citizens.
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Finding Help for Your Neurodivergent Child

It is our responsibility to help our kids navigate the world. Part of that is being open with them about his or her differences and inviting him or her to the table when finding best solutions.
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Raising Backyard Chickens in the Suburbs

The first rule you learn about with chickens is a rule called “chicken math." Like Pringles, you can’t have just one.
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Pregnant at 40 :: What I Wish I Knew and Why It’s Not So...

If doctors qualify pregnancies after 35 as geriatric, then at 41, I was undoubtedly ancient.
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Bringing History to Life :: 5 Fun Museums to Visit with Kids in Dallas

As my kids start to get older, we find ourselves visiting fun museums in Dallas that bring history to life in interactive and engaging ways.
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New (School) Year’s Resolutions: Increasing Our Civic Participation

The past few weeks, we have been systematically sending our babies back to school. This year more than most, I feel like August is the new January. August serves as an unofficial bridge that...
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Introducing Your Children to Politics: Finding Common Ground

As parents, one of our greatest responsibilities is to raise our children with the tools to understand the world around them. And let’s be honest, the world is a scary place.  Introducing your children...
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Fourth of July Fun Facts & Family Fun Ideas

When we talk about favorite holidays, the Fourth of July is in the top three for me: Christmas, Thanksgiving, and then the Fourth. Festivals, food, family and fireworks—what’s not to love? And as with...
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Talking to Your Kids about the War in Ukraine

As moms, we are no strangers to an endless assault of questions. What are we doing today? Why does poop smell bad? Do flamingos sleep standing up? We answer each question with a bag...