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Celebrate diversity, science and heading back to school with new books

Celebrate diversity, science and heading back to school with new books

Stories from faraway lands, a classroom filled with different friendly faces, top job aspirations for every student — these are the collective hopes of parents of all backgrounds. In the classic librarians’ phrase supporting diversity in children’s literature, the right books can provide “mirrors and windows” for young readers, offering them both a reflection of their...
Make a time capsule as school starts like in “Eighth Grade”

Make a time capsule as school starts like in “Eighth Grade”

Some kids have already gone back to school this week and more are headed back next week or the week after. Mark this start of the new year with a memory box or memory letter a la “Eighth Grade.” One of the sweetness of the movie is when Kayla opens the box her sixth-grade self left for her leaving-middle-school self. And then (spoiler) her eighth-grade self leaves a box for her leaving-high-school...
Help shy, socially awkward kids head back to school with these tips

Help shy, socially awkward kids head back to school with these tips

For those extroverted kids, going back to school can be exciting: tons of friends to see again. New ones to make. Things to look forward to, such as school events, hanging out before and after school, and the cafeteria at lunch. For those kids who are naturally introverted, socially awkward, on the autism spectrum, anxious, shy or whatever label you like, it can be very stressful. Cheryl Perera is...
Celebrate bats, beasts and mutant turtles this weekend with the family, Aug. 17-19

Celebrate bats, beasts and mutant turtles this weekend with the family, Aug. 17-19

Guess what? It’s still going to be hot this weekend with temps hitting 100+. Make the best of it by exploring these family events: Katherine Van Hook, 10 hung out at the Austin Bat Fest in her bat hat. American-Statesman 2007 FRIDAY “My Little Pony: The Movie,” 3:30 p.m. Friday, Carver Branch.  library.austintexas.gov Early Learner Playtime. ...
Create your own time capsule like in “Eighth Grade” at the start of this new school year

Create your own time capsule like in “Eighth Grade” at the start of this new school year

Some kids have already gone back to school this week and more are headed back next week or the week after. Mark this start of the new year with a memory box or memory letter a la “Eighth Grade.” Elsie Fisher in “Eighth Grade.” (A24) One of the sweetness of the movie is when Kayla opens the box her sixth-grade self left for her leaving-middle-school self. ...
Minecraft convention Minefaire coming to Austin in September

Minecraft convention Minefaire coming to Austin in September

Minecraft fans rejoice! The largest convention for a single video game is coming to Austin Sept. 15-16. Minefaire is expected to bring 15,000 people to the Austin Convention Center to celebrate the game. What’s the big deal about Minecraft? If you have a kid in elementary school, you know.  See a video of the convention: Here are some of the things you can expect to see at Minefaire...
Could what time you eat dinner matter when it comes to cancer?

Could what time you eat dinner matter when it comes to cancer?

What time of day you eat could make a difference when it comes to cancer. A new study from Spain, conducted from 2008-2013, asked 1,826 people who had either prostate cancer or breast cancer, as well as 2,193 people who were cancer-free, about how close to bedtime they ate meals. What it found was that people who didn’t eat within two hours of their bedtime had a 20 percent decreased risk for...
What does the school nurse want to know about your child? A lot

What does the school nurse want to know about your child? A lot

If you’ve thought school nursing was just about taking temperatures and handing out bandages, a few hours at “Kids First” workshop at University of Texas School of Nursing proves you wrong pretty quickly. During the course of two days last week, about 300 nurses from districts around Central Texas learned about the latest in managing diseases like ADHD...
Where’s the best state to have a baby? Hint: It’s not Texas

Where’s the best state to have a baby? Hint: It’s not Texas

Want to live in the best state to have a baby? Move to Vermont. Think you live in the worst state to have a baby? That’s Mississippi.  That’s according to a new study by financial services company WalletHub. Photos.com Here’s how Texas ranked: 46th in midwives and obstetrician/gynecologists per capita 36th in pediatricians and family doctors per capita 37th in parental...
Eight things to do the night before school starts

Eight things to do the night before school starts

The excitement is building. Kids are heading back to school, beginning Wednesday for kids in the Bastrop, Lake Travis and a few other districts. Over the course of the next two weeks, the school buses will be running again, the kids will be back to learning again. RELATED: Do you know when school starts? Are you ready? Mirielle Badgley-Finan and Avery Knox are ready for school...
Child obese? It could be the mom’s fault, study says

Child obese? It could be the mom’s fault, study says

Moms, when it comes to your child’s weight, you matter. A new study in the British Medical Journal confirms this. The study looked at more than 24,000 children of more than 16,000 nurses enrolled in the Nurses Health Study II in the 1990s. The researchers specifically looked at children who were not obese before age 9 and where they were at age 14. Families and birds...
What to ask at Meet the Teacher event

What to ask at Meet the Teacher event

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...
How to take a great first day of school photo

How to take a great first day of school photo

The first day of school is just around the corner. Wednesday  kids in the Bastrop, Lake Travis and a few other districts head back. Thursday, it’s Round Rock, Leander, Georgetown and Pflugerville. Austin heads back Aug. 20. RELATED: Do you know when your school starts?  We want to see your first day of school pictures! If you do remember to take a photoS...
Eight things to do the night before school starts

Eight things to do the night before school starts

Excitement is building. Kids are heading back to school, beginning Wednesday for kids in Bastrop, Lake Travis and a few other districts. Over the course of the next two weeks, school buses will be running again, and kids will be back to learning. Are you ready? The night before is a crucial time. Get all of your ducks (and kids) in a row with these tips: Related: Follow teachers’ advice for...
Eating late at night could put you at risk for cancer, study finds

Eating late at night could put you at risk for cancer, study finds

What time of day you eat could make a difference when it comes to cancer. A new study of from Spain that was done from 2008-2013 on 1,826 people who had either prostate cancer or breast cancer and 2,193 people who did not asked about how close to bedtime people ate meals. The study was published in the  International Journal of Cancer in July. What it found...
Shopping for back to school this tax-free weekend? Check out what we found

Shopping for back to school this tax-free weekend? Check out what we found

Every year, we go shopping. We go shopping for back-to-school clothes in July for our back-to-school section. This year, we shopped for 10 different kids at five different stores and outfitted them with clothing, shoes and backpacks. Check out some of our finds: RELATED: What’s tax-free this weekend and what’s not Ready for class: On Kolby Tate, 12th-grader, Levi’s 511, dark gray...
Living ‘Imperfect Courage’ with Noonday Collection’s Jessica Honegger

Living ‘Imperfect Courage’ with Noonday Collection’s Jessica Honegger

“You, yourself, are your own biggest obstacle. You, yourself, are your own biggest gift.” Jessica Honegger had to get out of her own way, get over self-doubts and embrace her gifts of entrepreneurship and creativity when she created Noonday Collection seven years ago. She turned the direct-sale model used by companies such as Tupperware and Avon into a business that empowers and connects...
Shopping for school supplies tax-free weekend? Help Austin Diaper Bank

Shopping for school supplies tax-free weekend? Help Austin Diaper Bank

Tax-free weekend is here. Through Sunday, you can get most clothing and school supplies tax-free. That’s an 8.25 percent savings. You know what you can also get? Diapers, both ones for babies and ones for adults. The Austin Diaper Bank would be happy to have your donation. Right now, they particularly need size 5 and size 6, but they’ll take any size diapers and they’ll take ones...
Plant these herbs, flowers to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard

Plant these herbs, flowers to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard

It’s summertime in Central Texas, and that means there are mosquitoes galore. Are you looking for natural ways to repel these and other pest insects? Learn what to plant in your garden to effectively deter mosquitoes, chiggers and other unwanted visitors, and then use what you grow to make a homemade bug spray. RELATED: Why do mosquitoes bite some people and not others? Lavender The aroma of...
Could dogs be dangerous to pregnant women and unborn babies?

Could dogs be dangerous to pregnant women and unborn babies?

For a long time, we’ve known that cats (specifically, their feces) can carry toxoplasmosis. That can infect pregnant women and their fetus and could affect the eyes or the brain of the baby. Pregnant women are told to have someone else in the house deal with the kitty litter; pregnant women everywhere are happy to heed this advice. But what about dogs, birds and farm animals? Would the same...
Shopping for back to school this tax-free weekend? Pick up diapers for Austin Diaper Bank

Shopping for back to school this tax-free weekend? Pick up diapers for Austin Diaper Bank

Tax-free weekend is almost here. Friday-Sunday, you can get most clothing and school supplies tax-free. That’s an 8.25 percent savings. You know what you can also get? Diapers, both ones for babies and ones for adults. RELATED: What’s tax-free this weekend and what’s not The Austin Diaper Bank needs your diapers. AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016 The Austin Diaper Bank would...
Before school starts, find family fun in Austin, Aug. 10-12

Before school starts, find family fun in Austin, Aug. 10-12

For some of you, this is the last weekend before school starts. Others of you have more time, yet still the summer is dwindling. Find something fun FRIDAY That’s My Face, Youth and Young Adult Film Series continues with  “The Mask You Live In,” 6:30 p.m. Friday. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.  austintexas.gov Art Smart...
Help shy, socially awkward kids head back to school

Help shy, socially awkward kids head back to school

For those extroverted kids, going back to school can be exciting: Tons of friends to see again. New ones to make. Things to look forward to like school events, hanging out before and after school, the cafeteria at lunch. For those kids who are naturally introverted, are socially awkward, on the autism spectrum, anxious, geeky or shy or whatever label you like, it can be very...
Where are you shopping for back to school? Check out where the crowds will be

Where are you shopping for back to school? Check out where the crowds will be

A new survey from commercial real estate firm JLL asked 1,000 parents how they plan to shop for back to school. The school supply aisle at Target is the second most popular place for school supplies according to a survey. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN 2016 How much will they spend? 62 percent said less than $250, about 3 percent more than last year 22 percent said between $250...

Get kids with food allergies ready for back to school with these tips

When your kid has a food allergy, diabetes or another life-threatening condition, back to school can be stressful. What will happen if your kid with a peanut allergy accidentally sits next to the kid with the peanut butter and jelly sandwich and gets exposed to peanut butter? What will happen if your kid with celiac disease is offered a birthday cupcake or is told something...
Parents, watch for West Nile virus, school district, Austin health department warns

Parents, watch for West Nile virus, school district, Austin health department warns

Last night, we got this message from Austin Public Health and Austin Independent School District: This follows news that mosquitoes in Cedar Park tested positive for West Nile. In July, Travis County was put on alert for one West Nile case. RELATED: Five things to know about West Nile Virus Looking for ideas on how to prevent mosquitoes? Last year we tested 16 repellents...
Back to school: Are your child’s vaccinations current?

Back to school: Are your child’s vaccinations current?

Every year, there are kindergarten and seventh-grade parents ready to send their kids off for the first day of school who have to turn around and head to the doctor’s office. Either they need proof of vaccination or they are missing a required vaccination or the exemption form to opt out of vaccines (which is never a good idea unless there’s a medical...
Back to School: Plan ahead for tax-free weekend

Back to School: Plan ahead for tax-free weekend

Tax-free weekend is coming. That’s the three days before school starts when you won’t have to pay sales tax on school supplies, clothing, diapers, shoes and more. Before you go hog wild loading up your shopping cart, remember to ask yourself: Is this really a good deal? Tax-free means you’re saving 08.25 percent and if that’s on top of already low sales prices,...
Museums, movies, theaters and more cool spots for families, Aug. 5-11

Museums, movies, theaters and more cool spots for families, Aug. 5-11

Events Splash Bash. Free community event with swimming, bounce house and more. Learn how to prevent drowning as well as have fun. 1-4 p.m. Saturday. TownLake YMCA, 1100 W. Cesar Chavez St. austinymca.org The Austin Humane Society Summer Kids Series! Story time for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. Tuesday. Tail Talks animal question session for children 8 and older, 2 p.m. Tuesday. Teddy...
Sending a kid off to college? Follow professors’ advice for an easier transition

Sending a kid off to college? Follow professors’ advice for an easier transition

Across the country for the next two months, anxious parents are moving their equally anxious kids into their first dorm rooms or apartments. What should first-time college kids know about this next year? We asked professors at three local colleges what advice they would give first-time students. Here are their thoughts: Create a routine. Make sure it is a sustainable one that will...
So much still to teach as son starts final year of high school

So much still to teach as son starts final year of high school

We have hit the home stretch — that final year of grade school. Senior year. How did this happen? Wasn’t it just yesterday that my husband and I dropped 5-year-old Benjamin off at his kindergarten classroom and stood outside the doorway trying to see what was going on while hoping he didn’t see us? We’ve done it all: parent-teacher conferences, trips to the principal&rsquo...
Get reading again before school starts with these books

Get reading again before school starts with these books

In just a few short weeks, classes will resume in schools across Central Texas. Whether your child is starting school for the first time or returning (with all their summer assignments completed, of course), there’s still time to ease back into an academic mindset by designating time for reading. Here are some new titles to inspire you — from overtly school-themed picture books for the...
Teachers know best: Follow their tips to help kids prepare for school

Teachers know best: Follow their tips to help kids prepare for school

Ready for school to start? We’re not either. To help you get ready, we enlisted the advice of some teachers from grade school through college to tell us what parents and students can do before school starts and what to do once it’s begun. Before school begins Starting a new school? Check out when the transition camp might be. If you’ve missed it, call the school to see if there is...
Back to school: Teacher recommend doing these things right now

Back to school: Teacher recommend doing these things right now

We asked Austin-area teachers to help us prepare for the upcoming school year. They offered advice for things to do before school begins: Julian Knox, sixth-grader, and Emma Ocampo, second-grader, get ready for the first day of school.  LYNDA M. GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Starting a new school? Check out when the transition camp might be. If you’ve missed it, call the...
Fill your weekend with fun, events to get ready for school, Aug. 3-5

Fill your weekend with fun, events to get ready for school, Aug. 3-5

School is lurking. Some of this weekend’s events are helping you directly get ready for school. Others keep the brain active, which is a good thing as we get closer and closer to the school bell ringing. Check out our weekend calendar of fun family events in and around Austin:   Explore the Thinkery without your parents during Parents Night Out. RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN...
Back to school: Reflections on lessons still to learn as son heads into senior year

Back to school: Reflections on lessons still to learn as son heads into senior year

We have hit the home stretch — that final year of grade school. Senior year. How did this happen? Wasn’t it just yesterday that my husband and I dropped 5-year-old Benjamin off at his kindergarten classroom and stood outside the doorway trying to see what was going on while hoping he didn’t see us? We’ve done it all: parent-teacher conferences, trips to the principal&rsquo...
Ever been told to slow down? Mom Brooke McAlary tells you how she did it in new book

Ever been told to slow down? Mom Brooke McAlary tells you how she did it in new book

Brooke McAlary’s young adulthood and first years of parenthood were anything but slow. She had an active career and then became a working mother. Then, about seven years ago, she was diagnosed with postpartum depression after the birth of her second child. “I just thought that what was what parenthood was,” she says. “I thought it was exhaustion, numbness, anger...
Shopping for school supplies? Pick up these things for teachers

Shopping for school supplies? Pick up these things for teachers

The first day of school is coming. As you’re shopping for school supplies, consider picking up a few extra things to help your children’s teachers stock their classrooms. The National Center for Education Statistics found that 94 percent of public school teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies. The center found that they spent an average...
A backpack inspired by Austin, plus how to choose the right one for your kids

A backpack inspired by Austin, plus how to choose the right one for your kids

Looking for a new backpack for school? One backpack is inspired by an Austin treasure: Our bats. Animal Packers’ new bat backpack is called the “Austin” and is designed for younger kids to be the right size for them and be adjustable to not drag down to their knees. It’s also light-weight and comes with a removable tag, which you’ll want for day...
Get back-to-school ready, celebrate last bit of summer, July 29-Aug. 4

Get back-to-school ready, celebrate last bit of summer, July 29-Aug. 4

Events Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. This month’s theme: Heroed, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday. Reservations required. domainnorthside.com. AISD Back to School Bash. Get free backpacks and supplies, medical screenings and vaccinations with shot record, and haircuts and more. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Palmer Events...
Back to School: What’s trending in kids’ clothes

Back to School: What’s trending in kids’ clothes

Going back-to-school shopping for kids’ clothes soon? We asked Carla Feely, vice president of kids at Stitch Fix, what trends to look out for in the aisles of favorite kids’ clothing stores. Stitch Fix just expanded to styling fashion for kids. Girls box from Stitch Fix. The big trend is deep woods: That’s cozy, comfortable fabric in an earth-tone palette...
8 fun things to do with kids in Austin before school starts

8 fun things to do with kids in Austin before school starts

Summer is quickly coming to an end. While you might soon be hitting the school supplies aisle or picking up new clothes, don’t let summer go by without squeezing in a few more moments of fun. Check out our list of family events and find more at austin360.com/raisingaustin. There, we’re counting down to the first day of school with tips to help you start the year off right. 1. Celebrate...
How to raise a ‘Tech Generation’ kid with his head in the cellphone

How to raise a ‘Tech Generation’ kid with his head in the cellphone

The new movie “Eighth Grade” is a realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be an eighth-grader in 2018. Kids have trouble talking to one another. They live one life online on their social media accounts and another life in the real world. The movie shows Kayla trying to navigate these two different worlds and her father trying to navigate what’s going on with her. Many parents...
Back to school: Sign up for free heart screenings

Back to school: Sign up for free heart screenings

University of North Texas cheerleader Skyler Sanders, 21, was a junior at Hays High School when doctors discovered that she had a hole in her heart: officially an atrial septal defect. She had started having heart palpitations in middle school. She would get short of breath and feel like she needed to sit down. At first she was having one episode every six months; then by high...
Shark Week, African safaris and more family adventures in Austin, July 27-29

Shark Week, African safaris and more family adventures in Austin, July 27-29

With temps hovering around 100 this weekend, it might feel like a break from the 108 earlier this week. What will you do with the kids this weekend? Check out our list: FRIDAY Teen Turn Up. Teens ages 11-17 enjoy teen parties all summer long at Austin’s recreation centers.  Pool Palooza, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road. ...
How to raise a ‘Tech Generation’ kid when his head is in the cell phone

How to raise a ‘Tech Generation’ kid when his head is in the cell phone

The new movie “Eighth Grade” is a realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be an eighth-grader in 2018. Kids have trouble talking to one another. They live one life online on their social media accounts and another life in the real world. The movie shows Kayla trying to navigate these two different worlds and her father trying to navigate what’s going on with ...
Austin twins’ summer at camp filmed for Disney Channel show ‘Bug Juice’

Austin twins’ summer at camp filmed for Disney Channel show ‘Bug Juice’

Imagine having your 11-year-old self filmed for a summer at camp. Now imagine having all your tween jubilance and awkwardness air on the Disney Channel a year later. Austin twins Juliet and Scarlett Embry are featured in “Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp,” a reality show filmed last year at Camp Waziyatah in Waterford, Maine. The camp, where the Embry twins have spent the past four summers...
Back to school: Where to donate school supplies, how to receive donated supplies

Back to school: Where to donate school supplies, how to receive donated supplies

As you head up and down the school supply aisles in the coming weeks, consider teaching your children a valuable lesson: The joy of helping others. Each year, thousands of kids in Central Texas show up without any school supplies. Their teachers often end up donating out of their own pockets or kids just do without, making their school day much tougher than their peers. Here...
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