Nicole Villalpando

Parenting & homes editor

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in her Raising Austin column and blog, as well as homes improvement, faith, aging and community stories for Austin 360. She is also the editor of Season for Caring, the American-Statesman's annual charity campaign that has raised about $10 million in cash and in-kind goods and services for area nonprofits since it began in 1999. She has been with the American-Statesman since 1999 and lives in Austin with her husband, two kids, two cats and one out-numbered dog.

Latest from Nicole Villalpando

Tips for the best back to school photos
 School is already back in session for many Central Texas kids, but those in Austin and several other school districts start on Monday, with even more districts starting later in the week or on Aug. 28. In the hustle of that first day, don’t forget to actually take a photo. Think about the background and location. Make sure it doesn&rsquo...

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School is already back in session for many Central Texas kids, but those in Austin and several other school districts start on Monday, with even more districts starting later in the week or on Aug. 28. In the hustle of that first day, don’t forget to actually take a photo. Think about the background and location. Make sure it doesn&rsquo...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
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&rsquo...

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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&rsquo...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
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...

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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...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...