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Do your kids need a prescription to play?
 In an updated study about children and play from the American Academy of Pediatrics, doctors are urging parents to have their children, especially young children, play more because of the lessons that play
            teaches them. “We’re recommending that doctors write a prescription for play, because it’s so important...

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In an updated study about children and play from the American Academy of Pediatrics, doctors are urging parents to have their children, especially young children, play more because of the lessons that play teaches them. “We’re recommending that doctors write a prescription for play, because it’s so important...
Slow down, drivers. Kids are back in school
 This morning, while the school bus was approaching to whisk my son off to his final year of high school, I watched as car
            after car tried to pass the slowing-down-with-its-lights-on school bus. Trying to game the system and get around my kid’s
            bus, makes you a jerk. You’ll start to see kids like Travis...

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This morning, while the school bus was approaching to whisk my son off to his final year of high school, I watched as car after car tried to pass the slowing-down-with-its-lights-on school bus. Trying to game the system and get around my kid’s bus, makes you a jerk. You’ll start to see kids like Travis...
Comic book characters, more themed family events in Austin, Aug. 19-25
 Events Back-to-School Dance, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24, Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St. austintexas.gov Marvel Universe Live! Now you can see your favorite action heroes live. 7 p.m. Aug. 23-25, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 25, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 26. $25-$90. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com Heroes in a Half Shell: A Teenage...

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Events Back-to-School Dance, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24, Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St. austintexas.gov Marvel Universe Live! Now you can see your favorite action heroes live. 7 p.m. Aug. 23-25, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 25, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 26. $25-$90. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com Heroes in a Half Shell: A Teenage...
Is it better to start school on a Monday or in the middle of the week? Weigh in
 Is it better to start school midweek or on a Monday? That is the question I’m currently pondering. RELATED: Do you know when school starts? This week, on Wednesday, a bunch of schools started back including Lake Travis, Bastrop, Liberty Hill, Wimberley and Lago
            Vista. The next wave came on Thursday with Round Rock, Leander...

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Is it better to start school midweek or on a Monday? That is the question I’m currently pondering. RELATED: Do you know when school starts? This week, on Wednesday, a bunch of schools started back including Lake Travis, Bastrop, Liberty Hill, Wimberley and Lago Vista. The next wave came on Thursday with Round Rock, Leander...
Keep kids hydrated, safe from heat stroke at recess, band and football practice
 Every afternoon around Central Texas, the band kids are marking their halftime performances on the parking lot pavement. The
            football players are practicing downs on the field. The cross country runners are setting new paces on trails and sidewalks.
            And the elementary-schoolers are on the playground for recess. And...

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Every afternoon around Central Texas, the band kids are marking their halftime performances on the parking lot pavement. The football players are practicing downs on the field. The cross country runners are setting new paces on trails and sidewalks. And the elementary-schoolers are on the playground for recess. And...
Want to have a great school year? Follow these teachers’ advice
 Some kids around Central Texas started school this week. Others start next week or the week after. We’ve already shared what 
            advice teachers have for parents at the start of the school year, but what about the rest of the year? Mirielle Badgley-Finan and Avery Knox are excited about school starting. Now let’s keep...

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Some kids around Central Texas started school this week. Others start next week or the week after. We’ve already shared what advice teachers have for parents at the start of the school year, but what about the rest of the year? Mirielle Badgley-Finan and Avery Knox are excited about school starting. Now let’s keep...
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...

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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...
Think you want a tiny home? Follow our tips before Tiny House Jamboree
 Think you can live tiny? Think you can shrink your 2,500-square-foot house and live in about 250 square feet? Before you launch into downsizing your worldly possessions and buying a tiny house, check out what it feels like inside one. Austin is home to the national Tiny House Jamboree on Aug. 23-26, and the show is open to the public that...

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Think you can live tiny? Think you can shrink your 2,500-square-foot house and live in about 250 square feet? Before you launch into downsizing your worldly possessions and buying a tiny house, check out what it feels like inside one. Austin is home to the national Tiny House Jamboree on Aug. 23-26, and the show is open to the public that...
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...

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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...
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. 
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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.  ...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

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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...
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?...

Posted: 6 days ago

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?...
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?...

Posted: 6 days ago

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?...
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...

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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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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