Prudence Mackintosh

Prudence Mackintosh is one of a circle of writers closely associated with Texas Monthly. A contributing editor from the magazine’s inception, in 1973, Prudence’s work has continued to appear in its pages for four decades. She gained a loyal following through the years with her observations on social rites of passage for Texas women and her essays on the rearing of three boys. In 1976 she received a Penney-Missouri Award for excellence in lifestyle journalism. Her work has appeared in several national magazines and is frequently anthologized in college writing texts. She is the author of four books: Thundering Sneakers, Retreads, Sneaking Out, and Just As We Were. She co-authored Great American Suburbs: The Homes of the Park Cities. Born in Texarkana, Prudence grew up in the newspaper office of the Texarkana Gazette & Daily News, where her father was the editor and her mother, a reporter, proofreader, and women’s editor. Her older brother became a television journalist. She attended Texarkana public schools and graduated from the University of Texas in 1966. Prudence continues to live in Dallas with her attorney husband. Their three grown sons now live in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. Each spring semester she and her husband decamp to Austin, where she teaches a nonfiction writing class for Liberal Arts Honors students at UT. She continues to write for Texas Monthly sporadically as a writer-at-large.


Pacem In Terrors

There’s nothing wrong with sibling rivalry. Keep telling yourself that.

A Child’s Christmas in Tales

Bringing back the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Crossing into Thirty

One of the few things in life that may be more than it’s cracked up to be.

Tykes Bearing Gifts

Throwing a birthday party for young children is really a very simple, enjoyable thing—to watch.

Games Small People Play

The games of yesterday are the memories of today. Here are a few bits and pieces on how to help your own child store up some memories.

Innocents Abroad

You can travel with children. A whole world out there is waiting … with a smirk.

And Father Makes Three

Daddies can’t have babies, but they can sure help their wives. This is a guide to where and how.

Getting Out

Securing the Perfect Babysitter isn’t always possible, but there are some alternatives.

Guide for Big-City Kids

Mothers and fathers in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston can explore an exciting concept with their children: the city as playground.

Indulge Yourself This Summer

Indulgences include skydiving, puppet shows, hikes, massages, float trips, entertainment for kids, and blizzards. Blizzards?

Shopping Without a Supermarket: Our Old Fashioned Guide

Unhitch yourself from the grocery cart and shop around.