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Catch eclipse fever and more family fun this week, Aug. 20-26

Catch eclipse fever and more family fun this week, Aug. 20-26

Events 7th Annual Austin Pet Expo. See all kinds of pets and things for your pet. Free. Bring your pet. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. austinpetexpo.com Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation School Supplies Sunday/Kutz for Kidz Event. Get free supplies and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hernandez Middle School, 1901 Sunrise Road, Round Rock. rrisdeducationfoundation...
What should I say to my kids about Trump?

What should I say to my kids about Trump?

Parents all over America have been asking this question this week after the president said in a news conference on Tuesday about the protests in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend: “I think there is blame on both sides. You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right...
Taking a child to college this month? Read this

Taking a child to college this month? Read this

The days are long, the years are short. No parent knows this more than the one who is in a packed car right now, taking their child to college for the first time. Wasn’t it just yesterday that you dropped your kid off at kindergarten and worried if they would make a friend? It’s time to let go, which is especially hard if you’ve been as my kids would say “up in...
Camp teaches kids with Down syndrome, autism to ride a bike

Camp teaches kids with Down syndrome, autism to ride a bike

Inside the pavilion at Dripping Springs Ranch Park, bikes are lined up by size along one wall, just waiting for their riders. They look like ordinary kids bikes, except these have a handlebar on the back of the seat and an extra rubber wheel on the back. These two tweaks are how I Can Shine teaches kids with Down syndrome, autism and other physical and intellectual differences how to ride a bike....
Expand the mind this school year with these new books

Expand the mind this school year with these new books

You could meet the forerunner of today’s bodybuilders. Explore an uncharted land of monsters. Plug in to high-tech high jinks with a team of girls who code. With just a few days left until the school bell rings in most Central Texas districts — and the return to homework looms — try rethinking what “reading to learn” means. What if it simply meant delving into topics...
Doctor learned firsthand about dangerous complications of giving birth

Doctor learned firsthand about dangerous complications of giving birth

No one thinks on the day they go into labor that this could be the day they might die. Certainly not obstetrician gynecologist Andrea Campaigne. And yet, that was what she and her care team faced when she delivered daughter Nina on Oct. 5. We’ve written about Texas having the highest maternal mortality rate in the country. That’s the rate of mothers who die within 42 days of a pregnancy...
Have fun, get ready for the eclipse this weekend, Monday

Have fun, get ready for the eclipse this weekend, Monday

OK, so we in Austin won’t get to see a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, but we should get to see a partial eclipse from about 11:41 a.m. to 2:39 p.m. Local museums and libraries are offering viewing parties on Monday as well as events before the big show for the whole family. Here are some of the ones we found: Saturday Science Saturday at Texas Museum of Science & Technology...
Get your homework plan together at the start of the school year

Get your homework plan together at the start of the school year

It’s the start of the school year. A chance to start fresh. If the homework was a battle all last year, figure out ways to bring down the stress with these tips: Figure out where is the best place in the house to do homework. For younger kids, it might be the kitchen table or a space in a common area. For older kids, they might need a space in their bedrooms...
Eek! Are my solar eclipse glasses safe? Double check

Eek! Are my solar eclipse glasses safe? Double check

The news that Amazon has been selling eclipse glasses that are not safe for human eyes might have you in a panic before Monday’s eclipse. How do you know if yours are safe? The American Astronomical Society of the National Science Foundation has these guidelines:  Your glasses and handheld viewers should have the ISO 12312-2 safety standard on them. Before you stare into...
What are you doing with the family this hot weekend in Austin? Celebrate pets, bats and the eclipse Aug. 18-20

What are you doing with the family this hot weekend in Austin? Celebrate pets, bats and the eclipse Aug. 18-20

Missy Woodard holds her son, Bryce, 3, so that he can see a Snow Corn snake at the 2014 Austin Pet Expo. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014 It’s going to be a scorcher this last weekend before many kids head back to school on Monday or Tuesday. Check out what is happening in and around Austin for families to enjoy: Friday Texas Museum of Science & Technology.  ...
Catch eclipse fever in Austin, Central Texas at these family events

Catch eclipse fever in Austin, Central Texas at these family events

OK, so we in Austin won’t get to see a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, but we should get to see a partial eclipse from about 11:41 a.m. to 2:39 p.m. Local museums and libraries are offering viewing parties on Monday as well as events before the big show for the whole family. Bobby Damiano of the Texas Museum of Science and Technology talks to students at Eanes Elementary with...
Let’s talk homework: Where, when and how are you going to get it done

Let’s talk homework: Where, when and how are you going to get it done

It’s the start of the school year. A chance to start fresh. If the homework was a battle all last year, figure out ways to bring down the stress with these tips: Trish Morrison helps her daughter Delilah with homework while her husband Homero Garcia preps dinner in the kitchen. Laura Skelding/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Figure out where is the best place in the house to do...
Want to prevent Type 2 diabetes in your child? Follow these CDC tips

Want to prevent Type 2 diabetes in your child? Follow these CDC tips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want parents to think about Type 2 Diabetes, that’s what used to be called adult-onset diabetes. It almost never happened to kids or teens, instead kids would get Type 1 or juvenile diabetes. Now with about one-third of American children being overweight, doctors are starting to see Type 2 diabetes in kids, sometimes as young...
Take that great first day of school picture

Take that great first day of school picture

Oh, this school thing is happening. Wednesday students in Lake Travis, Hutto, Elgin, Lockhart, Coupland and Taylor ISDs head back. On Thursday, Georgetown and Wimberley students join them. We have a bunch, including Austin, Eanes, Bastrop, Manor, Burnet and Liberty Hill, going on Monday; Round Rock and Lago Vista head back on Aug. 22, Dripping Springs on Aug. 23, and ...
Know what to ask when you Meet the teacher this week

Know what to ask when you Meet the teacher this week

This week, many elementary schools have Meet the Teacher events. The folks at  Edutopia website have compiled a list of 19 meaningful questions to ask your child’s teacher for a productive conversation during meet-the-teacher night. BACK TO SCHOOL: See our guide for tips, checklists and resources for parents. Sixth grade teacher Sarita Lakey, left, greets student...
Back-to-school to-do list: Do you know how you’re getting to school and home again?

Back-to-school to-do list: Do you know how you’re getting to school and home again?

This morning, we looked up on the Bus Stop Utility Finder on the Austin ISD website to find my son’s school bus schedule. Egad! We’re losing seven minutes this year. Travis Bradley and Julian Gonzalez run for the bus. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN We also looked on their school websites to figure out what time school starts because it actually varies by school....
Parents, study reminds you to keep your marijuana safe from your kids

Parents, study reminds you to keep your marijuana safe from your kids

A new study that will be published in the September issue of “Pediatrics” from the American Academy of Pediatrics looked at the rates of cannabis intoxication in toddlers in France, where marijuana is illegal. A marijuana leaf mascot poses with kids for a picture at the rally for medical marijuana. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015 It looked at 235 children admitted...
Get ready for school: Reset the sleep clock

Get ready for school: Reset the sleep clock

Experts will tell you to start getting kids back on a schedule a few weeks beforehand by going to bed a few minutes earlier each night until you’re back on school hours. They’ll also tell you to avoid caffeine after lunch. We know you didn’t do that, but you can start now, whether you have two more days until school starts or two weeks. Are your kids ready to get up in...
Teachers, parents: Stop the Bleed class shows you how to save a life

Teachers, parents: Stop the Bleed class shows you how to save a life

Would you know that you probably only have a few minutes to save that person’s life, and that if the bleed was bad enough, an ambulance might not be able to get to you in time? Now St. David’s Health Care is offering classes called Stop the Bleed, which teaches you what to do if you need to render aid to someone who is bleeding. (The next one is Aug. 22.) Think of it as the CPR class for...
CareBox Program helps people with cancer get supplies they need

CareBox Program helps people with cancer get supplies they need

Jillian Domingue stands in the warehouse of the new offices of CareBox Program. Around her are shelves lined with all kinds of medical supplies, from pill dividers and ointments to no-sew blankets and socks. A pallet of nutritional supplements sits on the floor. On another shelving unit, the shelves are lined with the name, age and cancer diagnosis of each of the clients of CareBox Program. Each client...
Movies, pets and more things to love with your family, Aug. 13-19

Movies, pets and more things to love with your family, Aug. 13-19

Events Bat Fest. Celebrate all things bat with music, children’s activities and more. 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $15 adults, free for children younger than 8. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. roadwayevents.com 7th Annual Austin Pet Expo. See all kinds of pets and things for your pet. Free. Bring your pet. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m...
Austin doctor learned first-hand why giving birth can be life-threatening

Austin doctor learned first-hand why giving birth can be life-threatening

No one thinks on the day they go into labor that this could be the day they might die. Certainly not obstetrician gynecologist Andrea Campaigne. And yet, that was what she and her care team faced when she delivered daughter Nina on Oct. 5. We’ve written about Texas having the  highest maternal mortality rate in the country. That’s the rate of mothers who...
Help your dog get ready for back to school by creating a routine

Help your dog get ready for back to school by creating a routine

This back to school thing is happening, but your children and you parents are not the only ones in the house who will experience big changes in the coming weeks. What about Fido? Your dog can get very confused when all of the sudden you’re up before dawn and out of the house. “Dogs are very aware of patterns,” says Lauren Hays, a certified animal behaviorist at Fidelio Dog Works...
Austin’s Jen Hatmaker talks parenting, faith in ‘Of Mess and Moxie’

Austin’s Jen Hatmaker talks parenting, faith in ‘Of Mess and Moxie’

Jen Hatmaker is sitting in her office in a little outbuilding at the home her family remodeled in Buda — the home that became famous when it and the family landed on the HGTV show “My Big Family Renovation.” She’s hoping no one will interrupt her as she’s talking about her new book, “Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life”...
Teachers, parents, do you know how to Stop the Bleed? Class, kits give life-saving techniques

Teachers, parents, do you know how to Stop the Bleed? Class, kits give life-saving techniques

What would you do if someone was bleeding from a major trauma? Would you know what to do? Would you know that you probably only have a few minutes to save that person’s life, and that if the bleed was bad enough, an ambulance might not be able to get to you in time? Kristen Hullum, trauma injury prevention coordinator at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, instructs teachers...
Plan your weekend with the family with our calendar, Aug. 11-13

Plan your weekend with the family with our calendar, Aug. 11-13

  It’s going to be a hot weekend, with temperatures hovering around 100 and only a 10 percent chance of rain. Find something fun to do with the kids, including many science activities as we get ready for the eclipse Aug. 21. Friday Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Fridays.Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.  wildflower...
How to find the best deals this tax-free weekend

How to find the best deals this tax-free weekend

It’s tax-free weekend Friday-Sunday. Here are the important numbers you should know: That’s the maximum sales tax rate in Texas. That’s what you could save this weekend in Texas. It’s not as good as a 20-percent-off sale or even a 10-percent-off sale, but look for stores that are having sales on top of the tax-free weekend sale for the most value. The...
Even Beyonce can’t escape mom shaming when it comes to drinking and breastfeeding

Even Beyonce can’t escape mom shaming when it comes to drinking and breastfeeding

  Mothers of the world, stop your hating on one another. When Beyoncé posted this picture on Instagram of her having a glass of wine a few days ago, the haters came out. The assumption was that Beyoncé was nursing her twins, and, therefore, should not be drinking. Of course, we don’t know if Beyoncé is breastfeeding Rumi and Sir, who were...
Back-to-school tips: Be healthy this school year

Back-to-school tips: Be healthy this school year

Did you remember to get your sports physical, your well-checks and your vaccinations up to date for the new year? Find those forms so your child has them on the first day of school or first practice if there is a question. Daniela Flores, 12, smiles as she receives an immunization at the Austin Independent School District and City of Austin Back-to-School Bash in 2011. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN ...
Last days of family fun with fairies, wizards, wild things, Aug. 6-12

Last days of family fun with fairies, wizards, wild things, Aug. 6-12

Events Back to School performance. Domain Northside is hosting Sol Scoundrel and the Bass. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. domainnorthside.com. Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org. Austin Humane Society kids events. Story time with cats and dogs. 2 p.m. Tuesday. Teddy Bear...
Contest: Your daughter could be the face of Girls Will Be shirt

Contest: Your daughter could be the face of Girls Will Be shirt

  Is your child the face of girl power for G irls Will Be? The Austin-based gender stereotype-busting clothing line is hosting the Girls in Action contest. Send in a picture of your daughter in action. The winning picture will become the face of a new T-shirt, just like Zoe became the face of the “Be Mighty” shirt. Here are the contest rules from...
All aboard: Count down to back to school with these tips

All aboard: Count down to back to school with these tips

This school thing is happening. Who’s ready to hop on the bus (or car or bike) and hit the books again? Because many school districts have different start dates this year, we’ve given you a countdown to help you. You get to decide when to start the countdown, just don’t start it after 10 days to go (or get ready to scramble). BY 10 DAYS TO GO Buy school supplies If you have a kid...
What should you do if your child is being bullied or is a bully?

What should you do if your child is being bullied or is a bully?

In June, we wrote a story about a 12-year-old African-American girl in Georgetown who had been called an ape, referred to as a slave and had a fellow student make a whipping gesture toward her. The school report referred to the incident as bullying, but her family said none of the students involved had been disciplined. It made us wonder, when bullying happens, what are the responsibilities of the...
Back-to-school to-do list: Help your dog get ready for school year by creating a routine

Back-to-school to-do list: Help your dog get ready for school year by creating a routine

This back to school thing is happening, but your children and you parents are not the only ones in the house that will experience big changes in the coming weeks. What about Fido? Your dog can get very confused when all of the sudden you’re up before dawn and out of the house. “Dogs are very aware of patterns,” says Lauren Hays, a certified animal behavioralist at ...
Back to school: Does your child’s teacher need a class pet? How to get one for free

Back to school: Does your child’s teacher need a class pet? How to get one for free

I am the daughter of an elementary school teacher. My mom had in her classroom guinea pigs, a rabbit, chickens, an iguana, hermit crabs, a crayfish, butterflies, opossum babies, and I’m sure more animals that I’ve somehow forgotten. This meant that we also had these animals in our home on the weekends, summer, spring and winter breaks. It was fabulous. My kids have...
Enjoy this Austin summer weekend with the family while you can, Aug. 4-6

Enjoy this Austin summer weekend with the family while you can, Aug. 4-6

Next weekend is tax-free weekend. That really means that this school thing will be starting soon. Savor this weekend with your family by doing something fun together. The highs will only be in the upper 90s. Hooray! Here are some ideas: Maggie Barnett, 3, and her sister Brooke, 1, have fun with a giant duck on hand at the Austin Duck Derby. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Friday Texas...
Free kids meals on Sundays at Freebirds

Free kids meals on Sundays at Freebirds

Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN – Now you can get your child a free meal at Freebirds on Sundays. Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2007 Freebirds World Burrito wants to feed your kids for free every Sunday starting Aug. 6 as well as every day during tax-free weekend Aug. 11-13. Children younger than age 12 can eat for free with the purchase of an adult entree. They...
Shop for back to school and be entertained at upcoming Domain Northside events

Shop for back to school and be entertained at upcoming Domain Northside events

Hat Creek Burger Company’s Domain Northside location has a playground that might be fun stop after seeing a performance. Hat Creek Burger Company Northside Kids at the Domain, which already hosts a party playdate every first Wednesday of the month, is trying to make your back-to-school shopping a little more fun with family performances idea for ages 2-12. Catch ColdTowne...
Mayim Bialik, Marie Lu coming to Texas Teen Book Festival in October

Mayim Bialik, Marie Lu coming to Texas Teen Book Festival in October

Who is ready to see America’s favorite actress/author/girl nerd or the author of “The Young Elites” and “Legends” series? Mayim Bialik (which parents will remember from “Blossom” and kids know as Sheldon Cooper’s girlfriend in “The Big Bang Theory) will be at the Texas Teen Book Festival Oct. 7 talking about her book “Girling Up: How to be...
Back to school: What should you do if your child is being bullied or is the bully?

Back to school: What should you do if your child is being bullied or is the bully?

In June, we wrote a story about a 12-year-old African American girl in Georgetown, who had been called an ape, referred to as a slave and had a fellow student make a whipping gesture towards her.  The school report, referred to the incident as bullying, but her parent said none of the students involved had been disciplined. It made us wonder, when bullying happens,...

Back-to-school to-do list: Know how to save and not blow the budget

Welcome to August — the month that can sometimes break the bank in most families. School comes with all kinds of unexpected expenses. Here are some of our tips to anticipate those expenses and save: Save on clothes Shop the thrift store. We took four kids to a Savers Thrift Store and a Goodwill of Central Texas store two years ago. We got eight outfits, one necklace...
Back-to-school to-do list: Mark your calendar for important dates

Back-to-school to-do list: Mark your calendar for important dates

School is starting in as few as 17 days as many as 29 days for local students. It all depends on your school district. It’s time to do some investigation of the calendar for the year so you don’t get caught off guard. Do you know when the first-day of school is or other important days? Investigate the calendar now. Sung Park/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2003 Take out the old calendar...
By monitoring Austin infants, researchers seek lifesaving answers

By monitoring Austin infants, researchers seek lifesaving answers

Researchers in Austin are trying to answer questions about how and why premature infants have trouble regulating breathing, heartbeat and swallowing — all things that are controlled in the brain stem and are supposed to be automatic. “It’s suggested that there are mechanisms that explain why premature infants have vulnerabilities to suddenly stop breathing, to have a drop in heartbeat...
Celebrate Harry Potter, fairies, rubber ducks and more, July 30-Aug. 5

Celebrate Harry Potter, fairies, rubber ducks and more, July 30-Aug. 5

Events Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Through Aug. 6. Free with garden admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org. Austin Humane Society kids events. Humane Hero Hour with cats. 2 p.m. Tuesday. Austin Wildlife Rescue. 1 p.m. Saturday. Register at austinhumanesociety.org. Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane. Domain Northside Kids...
7 fun Austin things to do before school starts

7 fun Austin things to do before school starts

1. Celebrate Austin’s weird and wild. See 15,000 rubber duckies floating down the river at Austin Duck Derby to benefit Austin Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5. Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. austinduckderby.com 2. Be blinded (not really) by science. Girlstart puts on Back to School STEM Saturdayat 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 5. It’s free, and...
#IMomSoHard creators come to Austin with a dose of motherhood reality

#IMomSoHard creators come to Austin with a dose of motherhood reality

Kristin Hensley and Jennifer Smedley are so tired. They have no idea which city they are in when we talk to them on Tuesday morning. They think perhaps Atlanta. They do know it’s really hot there. “We don’t even know what day it is,” Hensley says. The women behind the Facebook page and video podcast #IMomSoHard are on a summer road trip with their families. Unlike your road...
Dell Medical School, Seton launch study of premature infants

Dell Medical School, Seton launch study of premature infants

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and Seton Healthcare Family are working together to answer questions about how and why premature infants have trouble regulating breathing, heart beat and swallowing — all things that are controlled in the brain stem and are supposed to be automatic. Dr. Patrick Hodges, a neonatologist at Dell Children’s Medical...
Back-to-school check list: Do you know what day school starts?

Back-to-school check list: Do you know what day school starts?

We’ve got three more weeks of summer vacation, for most local students. The start dates are much earlier for some districts. Aug. 16? Yikes. Do you know when your school starts? Here are the start dates for our local school districts: Students at Hudson Bend Middle School crowd up to their lockers before classes start for the school year. Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman ...
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