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Ahhh… the 80s. When Cabbage Patch Kids and crimpers were all the rage, bangs were high, pants were baggy and Madonna was the queen. Yes, the 80s were a great time to be a kid. And, now this child of the 80s is raising kiddos in the year 2019! Oh, how have times changed, especially when it comes to school. When I was a child growing up in New York and later in Florida, my time in school seemed so carefree and innocent compared to my children’s experience today. Back then we roller-skated in gym class, learned cursive, had typing classes, made pillows in home economics and were able to be dropped off at home football games without a care in the world (can you believe it… cell phones didn’t exist then!). Today, mandatory gym classes have been replaced with additional core classes, home economics is a thing of the past and any parent who says they drop their kids off for Friday night lights without a cell phone probably gets awkward stares from the other moms and dads. Times have changed, my friends. Our children have been brought up in a time when danger is lurking around every corner, even in our schools. School shootings, bullying and cyber stalking are all things I never had to deal with growing up. And now, I am trying to navigate the choppy waters of parenting in a sea of unknowns. Basically, trying to keep these little humans safe until they are ready to fly-thecoop without suffocating them. I have to admit, some days I fail miserably. I try to keep them in my bubble. I like my bubble. They are safe in the bubble. Well, until their brother looks at them the wrong way, and then all bets are off. I know, I know… let them breathe, Nicole. And, although it’s not like it was in the 1980s, it’s not the year of the zombie apocalypse either. Enter the tech classes, Google Docs, text messages and constant updates. I can easily find them on Find My Friends and know they are safe. And, hello parent group chats! Yaaassss! Lifesaver!

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How old are you? 11 years old Favorite sport: Addie & Chloe: Volleyball Favorite book: Addie: Wonder Chloe: Jake and Lilly Favorite class in school: Addie & Chloe: Math Favorite treat: Addie: Brownies Chloe: Cheesecake Favorite lunch to take to school: Addie & Chloe: Turkey Publix sub Favorite teacher: Addie: Mrs. Wray Chloe: Mrs. Villiano

So, while the classic Trapper Keepers of the 80s have been thrown to the wayside, school days of today are filled with many amazing things and our kids are so much more well-versed in life than I ever was! It seems it’s time to pop that bubble and let them breathe! Who’s with me?

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mom's corner | a day in a mom's life

NEW FEATURE! MORNING 5:45 a.m. The shower light slowly

turns on. The smart light has become my alarm clock. Time to get up and shower.

6:05 a.m. I turn the hallway light on to the boys’ room. Someday I think this will work for them like it does for me. Wishful thinking.

6:10 a.m. I climb back in bed to get

some rest and to constantly nudge Matt, who is still sleeping, to get in the shower.

6:45 a.m. Whoops, looks like I dozed back off for a few minutes! Time to get back up and finish getting dressed and ready for work.

7 a.m. Check-in time! I make sure

Jared and Joel are dressed, teeth are brushed, bags are packed and breakfast is down the hatch. I also make sure Comet has gone out and received a bone.

7:12 a.m. Time to head out. But wait,

we have a butterfly garden now! The kids and I check on the monarch caterpillars to see how big they are getting.

7:20 a.m. We all load into the car and start heading to an unknown destination until the calendar reminds us where we need to go each morning. Because it's summertime, the boys have different summer camps each week.

7:50 a.m. Hello UF campus! It’s A D AY I N T H E L I F E O F :

8 a.m. I read emails, review tickets

and determine the mandatory items for my to-do list for the day.

8:45 a.m. Since my position

Melanie is an Administration Specialist II within the University of Florida’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She and her husband Matt have two sons, Jared(10) and Joel(7), as well as their dog Comet.

interacts with multiple teams within our department, my communication starts around this time with telephone calls, Skype messages, emails, office visits and meetings.

11:15 a.m. Matt lets me know that he has arrived and it's time to grab some lunch. We keep it quick and cheap, so Tijuana Flats for Taco Tuesday! It might

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mom's corner | a day in a mom's life

NEW FEATURE!

sound crazy to eat lunch so early, but we beat the rush and the traffic.

AFTERNOON

same questions I do every day. How was your day? They’ll respond with a simple “good.” What did you do today? “I don't know” or “I don't remember.” Ha!

day. Matt and I take this time to clean up the kitchen, put away laundry or peek at social media.

12 p.m. Back to work. This time it’s

EVENING

head to bed.

facilities, which means receiving updates on renovations, evaluating space and working with the team to track down answers for any questions that arise.

2 p.m. I work on any final mandatory

to-do items, and if time allows, continue working on other long-term projects and goals.

4:50 p.m. Time to go! Yes, it's time to go get the boys.

5:30 p.m. I greet the boys and ask the

6 p.m. I ask the boys to feed and let out Comet while I make quick sandwiches for dinner and try to dig a little deeper into everyone’s day.

6:30 p.m. We head out the door

8:15 p.m. We brush our teeth and 8:30 p.m. Matt and I hope to get in at

least one TV show, but of course the boys could always use a glass of water, extra kisses or another tuck-in to bed, so this time is usually delayed.

again. Sports keep the DeProspero house busy. From soccer to swimming, baseball to basketball, the boys love doing it all!

9 p.m. Watching TV provides the

8 p.m. Finally back home. Jared and

10:30 p.m. Check on the kids, let

Joel take turns hopping into the shower while the other has their last snack of the

prime opportunity to review emails to be prepared for the next day of work. Comet out for final potty break, then off to sleep!

Want to submit a friend (or yourself!) to be featured in A Day in a Mom's Life? Visit Gigglemagazine.com to submit a mom today!

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mom's corner | mom hacks

NEW FEATURE!

# momhacks

After a long day at school, your child is most likely avoiding their homework like the plague and the last thing you want to do is argue with them to get it done. Turn their frown upside down and make homework painless with these homework hacks.

Helpful Homework Tips BY MORGAN HILL

BURN THAT ENERGY Children have endless energy, which builds up throughout the day as they sit at their desks. Letting your children take a break from school work for a bit when they get home will help them burn off some of that pent up energy and get the wiggles out before getting started on homework. Take them on a bike ride or let them swim in the pool for 30 minutes. After a break, they’ll be ready to concentrate on their homework. If they have sports practice or dance lessons later, knock out that homework before with the idea that their energy will be used during practice.

HOMEWORK FOR YOU! The idea of playing games is much more appealing than doing homework, which makes TV, smartphones and tablets a huge distraction to kids. Doing your adult “homework”, like paying bills, writing thank you cards or reading a book while your child is doing their work will encourage your children to be just like you!

LEARNING WITH STYLE With several different types of learning styles, your children may each learn differently than you do, so try not to get frustrated with them! A visual learner may be capable of reading and doing their homework on their own whereas a verbal learner may learn faster if they read it out loud or you read it to them. Keeping these two types of learners in different rooms of the house ensures they don’t distract each other. Paying attention to their learning styles helps understand the best work stations to set them up with as well as how to keep them motivated and on the right track.

SEPARATE WITH LOVE Siblings can get on each others nerves simply by breathing too close. Of course they love and adore each other, but when it comes to homework time, alleviating any distractions, even if

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CATCH A BREAK To keep curious minds from wandering, set a timer to work on homework for 30-45 minutes. After, they’re rewarded with a 15 minute break to go on their electronic device or eat a snack. For older kids, take breaks between English and math or social studies and science. The break will give them time to recoup and take a small mental break, getting their homework done faster and keeping them happier.

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it is their annoying little brother, will help. Have your children sit in different rooms and set up their own homework stations. Their station could be in their bedroom, dining room or even the kitchen island! Use caution setting up their station in their bedroom, toys are a huge distraction. If you’re cooking dinner or cleaning nearby, they are also less likely to goof off and get in trouble for not doing their homework. Make the station their own space by hanging up their artwork or an A+ on an assignment! Set up a computer station in a family room and give a schedule for each kiddo to be on the computer to complete assignments and research. This will reduce arguing over screen time.


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# bossmom

mom's corner | #bossmom

NEW FEATURE!

As a mom, you quite literally do it all! Between working and making sure your kiddo gets to school with a matching pair of shoes, it proves to be the toughest job anyone could do. Our Giggle moms have shared with us what makes them a #BossMom, and we are all for it!

Rose Gleichowski Mom to two girls, Carsyn and Brooke, Rose Gleichowski has learned what techniques work best for her in her daily life to keep her household running smoothly and balancing her career as owner of Impact Weight Management and Club Pilates.

Gleichowski makes sure to make exercise a priority. She says that scheduling times to work out with friends and putting it on the calendar forces her to actually go to the gym. It also makes it easier to get up at 5 a.m. (before the day with kiddos starts!) if she has some familiar faces waiting for her. By meal prepping she takes control of her hectic schedule and makes sure that her, and her family’s diet is full of the right fuel. “Just the act of planning kicks my week off right,” she said. It may take a few extra hours, but according to Gleichowski, it saves her money, time and frustration throughout the rest of the week.

“Balance has truly taken practice and it still can easily be knocked over like a long domino train,” Gleichowski said. “I have found that being efficient is critical to maximizing my #BossMom powers. And even more important is being humble enough to ask for help from my village.”

I do hope that my kids recognize and appreciate the importance of

balance.

If we look at balance like a wellness wheel, if one part of the wheel is ignored, the entire wheel

wobbles.

So giving all areas of your wheel attention is important. This is what I hope they’ll learn to take into their adulthood.

Knowing now that she can ask for the help of others is the most valuable

Are you a #BossMom or do you know one? Do you work hard at home and at work? Giggle Magazine wants to hear your story! Visit Gigglemagazine.com to submit your #BossMom for a chance to be featured in one of our upcoming issues.

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At the top of her list are quality sleep, rest and recovery. “I use an app that lets me know when it's time for bed so that I start winding down,” Gleichowski said. “I listen to my body when it tells me to slow down -something I never did for most years of my life.”

thing to her. “Most of my life, I felt that I could be independent and didn't need to rely on others, and let me tell you, that is a lonely and miserable place to be living in,” she said. Reflecting on the quote “it takes a village,” Gleichowski recalls her team of “rockstar women” that have always been by her side. With their help she’s been able to work through any tough day and cover up any mistake she may make on the job.


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3 Yummy Make -Ahead Breakfasts To Make Your Mornings Easier BY TRACY WRIGHT

The beginning of the school year may mean hectic mornings for a family household, yet the need for a healthy breakfast is as important as ever. But who has time to prepare a fully nutritious breakfast with minutes to spare? Making freeze-ahead breakfasts is a great way to solve these problems. These meals can even be made weeks ahead of time, frozen and reheated on school days to grab and go. Get creative with ingredients to suit your family’s tastes and experiment with different methods to make it your own.

FRENCH TOAST STICKS TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES

BACON, CHEESE AND BROCCOLI EGG MUFFIN CUPS TOTAL TIME: 10 MIN. + CHILLING

INGREDIENTS: • 1 loaf of bread, cut into 8 thick slices • 6 large eggs • 1½ cups heavy cream, half-and-half, or milk (whole or reduced-fat) • 1 tablespoon vanilla • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • Dash of salt • 4 tablespoons butter • 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. 2. Cut each slice of bread into 4 sticks and dip in the egg mixture. 3. Place sticks on a rack set over waxed paper. 4. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet or griddle over medium heat. 5. Fry half of the French toast sticks two to three minutes per side, coat each side in the cinnamon and sugar and place on a cooling rack. 6. Repeat with the remaining butter and French toast sticks. 7. Allow the French toast sticks to cool completely. Place in freezer on baking sheet covered with waxed paper. 8. Once frozen, package them in an airtight freezer bag until ready to use. TO REHEAT: Bake in the oven or toaster oven at 350 F for five to six minutes. Or defrost in the microwave for one minute and heat on high for 30 seconds (or until hot).

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INGREDIENTS: • 8 large eggs, beaten • 1 package of bacon pieces • 2 cups skim milk • 1 teaspoon ground mustard powder • 1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli florets • 1 bag seasoned croutons (5 ounces) • 1/4 teaspoon pepper • 1/4 lb mild cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups) • 18 silicone baking cups or foil baking cups • Gallon-sized plastic freezer bag (if freezing) INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 F 2. Combine all ingredients (except cheese) and ladle into muffin pans lined with baking cups. 3. Top with cheese and bake 20-25 minutes, or until egg muffins are cooked through in the middle. 4. Remove from oven and refrigerate if wanting to eat in the next two days. For future use, freeze in a plastic bag for up to three months. 5. To eat, reheat individual egg muffin cups in your microwave or toaster oven. VARIATIONS: Ingredients can be switched out to make these delicious muffins, including ham, sausage, turkey or veggie sausage crumbles for protein, chopped spinach and diced tomatoes or peppers for veggies.

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MAKE-AHEAD FRUIT PARFAITS TOTAL TIME: 10 MINUTES INGREDIENTS: • Bag of frozen berries or fresh fruit • Granola • ½ cup of plain yogurt • International Delight Sweet Cream or vanilla yogurt • Honey to drizzle, optional INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Dispense plain yogurt in a container of your choice (mason jar, disposable cup with lid for easier use with kids). 2. Start by layering plain yogurt with a little bit of sweet cream or vanilla yogurt. 3. Add a layer of thawed or fresh berries and a layer of granola, then drizzle with honey. 4. Close with a lid. This can be made the morning of or made the night before and refrigerated. VARIATIONS: Use different flavors of yogurt, various types of fruit and other types of sweeteners. Parfaits can be completely personalized depending on each family member’s tastes.


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Bento Roundup! BY GIGGLE STAFF

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1st Green Club Bento Box $17.45, Amazon.com Mom's Rejoice! Lunchtime prep just got a whole lot easier! The options are endless when it comes to bento box lunches. With its neat little compartments sized perfectly for those kiddo appetites, bento lunches are the new must-have this school year. So, get creative and have fun!

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PIZZA BOX • Pita rounds • Shredded cheese • Pepperoni slices • Broccoli • Marinara sauce

VEGGIE BOX • Pita rounds (cut into fourths) • Bell peppers • Baby carrots • Cucumber slices • Hummus

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Heavenly Homemade Hummus

Giggle Tips: 1. Peel membranes off chickpeas for extra creamy hummus. 2. Chill your hummus for at least an hour before serving to allow the texture and flavors to fully develop.

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Hummus is undoubtedly one of the easiest and healthiest snacks out there. It’s a great source of plant-based protein and has a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamin K, zinc, iron, magnesium and vitamin C. You can pair it with your favorite veggies or spread it on your sandwich! With these three super easy recipes you can make your own hummus that will taste better than anything you could buy in a store.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Two 15 ounce cans of chickpeas ½ cup roasted red peppers 1 clove garlic 3 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons tahini ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Directions 1. Drain cans of chickpeas in a strainer and rinse thoroughly.

2. Combine the chickpeas, roasted red peppers, garlic, salt, tahini and lemon juice in a food processor.

3. Pulse the food processor several times and then stream in olive oil until the paste becomes smooth.

4. Transfer hummus to airtight

container and let chill in the fridge for an hour.

5. Serve with pita chips, carrot sticks,

3. Store your hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 4. Remember your homemade hummus will keep for two to four days.

Classic Hummus

Basil Pesto Hummus

Ingredients

Ingredients

Total time: 10 minutes

Two 15 ounce cans of chickpeas ¼ cup lemon juice ¼ cup tahini 2 cloves of garlic ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Two 15 ounce cans of chickpeas Lemon juice 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ cup fresh basil leaves ½ cup olive oil ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese 3 cloves of garlic

Directions 1. Drain cans of chickpeas in a

Directions 1. Drain cans of chickpeas in a

2. Put the chickpeas, tahini, lemon

2. Combine chickpeas, garlic, salt,

strainer and rinse thoroughly.

juice, garlic, salt and cumin into processor and pulse until the consistency is smooth (this should take about one minute).

3. With the motor running, stream in half cup extra-virgin olive oil. Taste and add more salt if necessary.

4. Transfer the hummus to a bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. You are ready to serve your delicious homemade hummus!

celery sticks or radish slices!

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strainer and rinse thoroughly.

lemon juice, basil leaves and Parmesan cheese in a food blender. Blend on high until smooth.

3. Stream in olive oil with the food processor on a low setting.

4. Serve right away or place in airtight container in your fridge.


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Time to set those alarm clocks and stock up on No.2 pencils because the count down to the first day of school is officially here! We were feeling a bit nostalgic and paired some memories from our days in the classroom back in the 80s with some hot new back-to-school swag for this year’s back-to-school guide! Nothing screams back to school than big bangs and colorful lunch boxes! Happy back to school!

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Hardcopy textbooks covered with brown paper bags

Typing class, home economics class and shop class

Chalkboards

TVs that were rolled in your room on big carts

Weekly folders sent home by teachers in a nice, neat folder

Notes sent back and forth folded in odd shapes

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Announced this July, Florida public schools will now be required to teach a minimum of five hours of mental health instruction starting in the 6th grade. This new requirement focuses on helping students recognize the signs of mental illness, find resources and help peers.

SAFETY TIP:

Never have your child’s full name monogrammed or printed on their backpack or lunchbox. This way, strangers can’t see their first name and call them out and get their attention.

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HAVE EXTRA SCHOOL SUPPLIES?

You can donate to Tools for Schools, a reusable resource that provides new and gently used educational supplies to Alachua County Public School teachers at NO COST! See page 58 for drop off locations.

DOES YOUR KIDDO WANT TO ATTEND UF?

The incoming class of 2023 had an average GPA of 4.3-4.6, average SAT score of 1330-1460, and average ACT score of 29-33. Don't forget, community service and class particpation counts too! (admissions.ufl.edu)

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Coming up from a ‘B’ grade in 2018, Alachua County Public Schools earned an ‘A’ this year.

DON’T WAIT!

For a successful school year, Alachua County Public Schools is urging parents to register their children now for the new school year, rather than waiting until just before or just after school starts. This applies to anyone new to the county or transferring schools/school districts. For more info visit sbac.edu.

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Take a Breath

New Study Shows Eating Fish May Help Relieve Asthma Symptoms

Omega-3 fatty acids

can help resolve

inflammation in the lungs.

BY APRIL TISHER

Most likely you know someone with asthma. We often associate it with someone puffing on an inhaler after recess or when the weather changes, but it can be much more complex than that. An asthma diagnosis is scientifically defined as a disease that causes the airways to swell and get narrow. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Asthma is actually caused by swelling and inflammation in the airways with both genetic and environmental factors at play. While asthma is very common, there are more than 3 million cases in the U.S. each year, when it is your child diagnosed with asthma it can be a scary time. Hearing him or her wheeze and fight for air is something no parent ever wants to endure. Medications, inhalers and breathing treatments become a part of their world (and yours), but what if their diet can also become a part of their treatment plan? We know that food is so important to our health, but in the case of asthma it can potentially be a part of the remedy. According to The Winded Foundation, eating certain foods can actually help lessen the symptoms of asthma by reducing inflammation, relaxing spasms and acting as natural antihistamines. Salmon, which is often touted for its many healthful benefits, is one of their five recommendations. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their ability to reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds. Science is on their side with this recommendation. Studies have shown that fish oil can improve pulmonary function in

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people with asthma and can protect against exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. Fish oil can also reduce airway narrowing and inflammation. "We know that asthma is a disease that's driven by inflammation," explained Dr. Emily Brigham, a pulmonologist at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of a new study. This study looked at 135 asthmatic children in the Baltimore, MD area. They measured indoor pollution levels by different sizes of particulate matter (PM) and the diet in these children’s homes. Indoor pollution can come from smoke, dust, allergens, etc. What they found was that the children who had a higher intake of omega-3 had less reported symptoms. In other words, "kids who were eating more omega-3s seemed to be more resilient to the effects of PM," Brigham said. As our bodies digest fish, omega-3 fatty acids generate byproduct molecules known as "pro-resolving mediators" that make their way into our lungs. "They help to resolve inflammation," Brigham said. This is good news not only for fisherman, but it also goes along with the U.S. dietary guideline recommendations that adults consume 8 ounces of seafood per week and young children a little less. There have been many studies worldwide addressing the link between inflammation in the body and using fish oil to help improve it. While it may not be enough to replace rescue inhalers and regular oral medications, eating fish such as salmon can potentially improve symptoms naturally while also being a great clean source of protein for you and your children. * Always consult your doctor before adding any new dietary changes while on medications or with any diagnosis.


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Don’t Be Sore Learn More about the Herpes Simplex Virus. BY TRACY WRIGHT

A tingling sensation develops on your lip, followed by some itching and burning. For many people, they know what is probably coming next—the very popular, but extremely annoying cold sore or fever blister. More scientifically known as Herpes Simplex Virus, this common viral infection affects up to one in every two Americans. Within one to three days of tingling or burning, painful fluidfilled blisters develop around the lips, mouth or face and can last anywhere from two to three weeks. They may crust over and bleed and can be treated with over-the-counter oral application ointments or creams. Docasonal (brand name Abreva) is an overthe-counter cream that works by blocking the virus that causes cold sores from entering the healthy skin cells and growing in number. It can speed up healing of sores and decrease symptoms. Cold sores or fever blisters are specifically caused by Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1). Herpes Simplex Virus is caused by contact with the virus, and there is currently no cure or vaccination for the condition. For HSV-1, the virus can be caused by kissing, sharing lip wear or touching someone’s skin. Once a person becomes infected, the virus stays in their system and moves from the skin cells to the nerve cells after the initial sore heals. Once dormant, an outbreak can be triggered by any number of causes including sun and wind exposure, stress, illness, hormonal surges, fever and surgery. A University of Utah study found a high probability that people who are prone to HSV-1 outbreaks have a genetic susceptibility.

The Cold, Hard Facts 1 IN EVERY 2 O U T B R E A K S Americans are affected w i t h t h e H S V-1 v i r u s .

TH E RE IS NO CU RE , but measures can be taken to prevent frequent outbreaks.

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CAN BE TRIGGERED BY sun/wind exposure, stress, illness or hormonal surges.

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Most of the U.S. population is infected with HSV-1, although millions of people manifest no symptoms. Once a person has the HSV-1 virus, there are precautions to take to avoid an outbreak. Always wear protective lip wear, especially while out in extreme conditions like high sun or cold weather. Upon feeling the first signs of a cold sore, seek treatment immediately as it can help it heal faster. Avoid sharing items like lip wear, utensils, cups or toothpaste and wash hands frequently. If someone is experiencing frequent cold sores, they should talk to their doctor about keeping an antiviral pill on hand to take if they feel the signs of a cold sore. There are three major drugs commonly used to treat herpes symptoms: acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir) and valacyclovir (Valtrex). These drugs cannot prevent an outbreak of HSV-1 but can greatly lessen the duration and severity of the cold sore. There are alternative remedies that can also assist with the development of cold sores. L-lysine is an amino acid that may help to slow down or prevent the growth of cold sores by preventing the body from absorbing arginine, which is needed for HSV-1 to develop. L-lysine can be taken in pill form and found at any health food store. Anyone who suffers from cold sores should aim to maintain an extremely healthy and high-functioning immune system to help prevent active outbreaks from occurring. Reduce stress; maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen; and get plenty of rest and adequate sleep. *Always check with a doctor regarding treatment.


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The HHS suggests turning off the television during dinnertime and talking with your children about what they learned in school that day. According to the HHS, “Families who eat together tend to eat healthier.”

[ EAT HEALTHY ]

Teaching your child healthy eating habits when they are young will hopefully set them up to continue eating healthy and remaining healthy as an adult. Healthy eating can also prevent obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Remember, you are the greatest influence on your child’s eating habits.

Healthy Back-toSchool Habits BY JENNIFER JENSEN

Three months of summer fun can make it difficult to return to normalcy once the new school year starts. Gone are the days of sleeping in and flexible schedules. There is no time like the present to prepare for the new school year with healthy back-to-school habits to get your kiddos back into the swing of things.

[ BEDTIME ]

Suzanne Borganelli, principal of the Healthy Learning Academy, suggests starting with your child’s bedtime. About two weeks or so before school starts, you should move up their bedtime a little at a time. By the time school rolls around, your child will already be accustomed to going to bed at the ideal time for the school year. “This ensures that they are getting enough sleep,” Borganelli said. “It is recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics that children sleep anywhere from 10 hours to 11 hours between the ages of 5 and 10.” And some children just need more sleep than others. A good night’s sleep will ensure they are able to concentrate and perform well at school because they are not tired.

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[ GET ORGANIZED ]

Another great way to get ready for school is to get organized. “Children need a consistent work space in their bedrooms or another part of their home that is quiet without distractions and promotes good study habits,” Borganelli said. Having everything in one place allows for easy access to materials and less wandering around the house looking for this and that.

[ CUT DOWN SCREEN TIME ] The school year is usually a busy time packed full of homework and afterschool-care activities, which makes it the perfect time to begin limiting screen time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends limiting children 2 years and older to just two hours of screen time per day.

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“A healthier diet during school days will help children have more energy and will help them to focus more while at school,” Borganelli said. You can also take your children with you when you go grocery shopping. This will show them how to make healthy choices and prepare healthy meals. During slow weekdays have them help you prepare meals, pack their lunches the night before and make fun and healthy recipes. On the weekends, have them help you meal prep their favorite dinners.

[ SET EXPECTATIONS ]

Some children might be nervous or anxious about the first day of school. Easing their mind about what to expect before they get there will certainly help. The idea of a new teacher, new students or even a new school could be making them anxious. Borganelli said parents could bring their child to the school or even see if they can meet the teacher beforehand. This could ease some of their fears. Starting a new year can be overwhelming even for the most seasoned children. Remember, take it slow and have fun. The days may be long, but these school years are going to fly by faster than you realize.


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Local youth in foster care need love and support - do you have room for one more?

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happy home | 2 cents

Counting Down to College Helping Your Student During the College Selection Process BY TRACY WRIGHT

Also, drive around the town to see if your child likes the “vibe.” Is it a bustling city they can see themselves living in or a small country town with a slower pace? Take into account weather, parking, housing and relative proximity to family. All of these factors should be taken into consideration when applying.

Where to Start

Narrowing it Down

Starting with the selection process, the applicant should narrow down the pool of colleges by specifically researching what is most important for them. If you’re at this point in the process, you’ve probably already looked into things such as location, size and majors offered. Here are some other things to research: • Variety of academics • Special programs available such as undergraduate scholar programs or study abroad • Different activities on campus • Housing options, whether it be on or off-campus • Campus facilities, such as labs, gyms and libraries or study spaces • Scholarships offered • Athletics/Extracurricular activities/ Sororities/Fraternities

College Visits

After this research is done, traveling to the colleges, if feasible, is one key way to narrow down your pool. Visiting campuses will give each potential applicant a feel for the campus, allow them to meet other students and ask questions face-to-face about topics such as admissions and academics, campus life, housing, social opportunities, transportation and statistics like graduation rates, rankings and opportunities for research and graduate studies. In addition to the formal tour, try to see one of their sporting events or eat dinner near campus to check out the social vibe.

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Aspiring college students should narrow down their college list to five to seven colleges, according to recommendations by high school guidance counselors. Parents are advised to help in the initial selection process, especially if their child does not have a definitive game plan. Help them explore what they want to study, which colleges have good programs in those areas and at the same time, a college that fits their personality. Some children love a “big college” experience with a thriving athletic program while others may crave a smaller, liberal arts school.

Parental Support

Experts advise parents to support, to give advice, but also to give your child enough room to make their own decision. Before the final selection process, parents need to have honest conversations about financial costs of college for their child. It’s vital for this to be transparent early on in the process and parents advise their children on how much they plan to spend on their higher education. That may mean a child should cross a particular college off their list or explore financial aid or scholarship opportunities. Often students and parents can reach out to financial aid counselors in advance. Once a child has narrowed down the list of desired colleges, parents should be quick to listen and slow to advise, ensuring that students make this very

important decision in a deliberate and serious manner. Students should also consider location, culture and gauging their own potential success while in college. Ivy league schools have great reputations and storied histories, but it does not mean it fits every student. Sometimes completing a "2+2" option (two years at a state college to complete an associate’s degree then transferring to a four-year college or university) may be a good fit for students.

The Financials of Applying

Once they decide to apply, students and parents may not realize the cost of applying for schools. Almost one-third of high school seniors apply to seven or more colleges, according to the National Association of College Admission Counselors. The average college application fee is $38 (with an average high of $77 for elite schools) students can spend upwards of $300 just to apply to schools. NerdWallet offers a number of options to avoid or curtail these costs. Contact each college directly and see if they would be willing to waive your fee. Speak to your guidance counselor who may be able to contact the schools directly and vouch on your behalf for a financial limitation. Some schools will offer fee waivers or reductions for students who take campus tours. Ask them directly when you contact them. Another strategy is learning if some colleges will waive or reduce fees if you apply online or use a Common Application process. Although parents want to allow students to make their own decisions, offering them these tips will allow them to save as much money as they can before they start college.

For more resources to help both students and parents, visit these websites: • Collegetransitions.com • Usnews.com/education • Collegeraptor.com

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For many high school seniors and their families this fall, the college application and selection process will be a harrowing one. Between the varying fees and rules in the application process as well as the actual selection of the “right” college, it can leave many families wiped out, both financially and emotionally.


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happy home | make it

Tackling Homework DIY Homework Caddy BY GIGGLE STAFF

Does your kiddo like to do homework on the go? Are they constantly moving from their room, to the kitchen and then on the floor? Do they have to squeeze in a bit of homework while in the car on the way to practice? If so, our DIY homework caddy is the perfect accessory to make this school year a success!

MATERIALS

Wooden Caddy with Handles: Hobby Lobby, $15.99 Hanging tin cups: Hobby Lobby, $1.99 each

Any Fabric: about 12 x 16 inches of fabric (each side is roughly 12 x 8 inches before folding and gluing) Hot glue gun

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HOW TO GLUE THE FABRIC 1. Cut fabric down to a size that fits the

side of your caddy with extra room on all sides to fold over.

2. Hot glue a long line down all the

sides of the fabric and fold the edge over the glue to hide the cut line and any unevenness. Make sure the height of the

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now glued square is the height you want the pocket to be.

3. Hot glue the left side of the pocket down to the left side of the box.

4. Using one hand with your fingers

squeezed together, place your hand to the right of the glued down side and drape fabric over top the hand. Then glue another line down the center of the box and push the fabric down (carefully because the glue is hot). Repeat one more time for the next pocket, making sure the last line of glue is all the way to the edge of the box, and be sure to curl the fabric under, so you do not see the edge of the fabric.

5. Glue a long line along the bottom

of the box to seal off the bottom of the pockets.

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Handles on the caddy help for carrying from room to room for doing homework. Personalize with different types of fabric. Pockets and tin cups help to separate supplies and keep them tidy.


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happy home | fix it

Toolbox Talk

Building the Perfect Tool Kit BY TAYLOR MCLAMB

Whether you are an experienced home-owner or just moving to your starter home, you’re going to want to have your own specialized toolbox handy. Toolboxes aren’t just for those unexpected moments where you need to fix something yourself, they’re great to have for DIY household renovations and crafts.

FOR SECURING ITEMS: Duct tape Super glue Nails Screws Electronic stud finder

FOR MEASURING: Measuring tape Level Carpenter’s square Angle measure Caliper

FOR HAND TOOLS: Hammer Screw driver Adjustable wrenches Scissors Heavy-duty bolt cutter Jab saw Utility spears Grip handle axe-carving tool Needle nose pliers Wire stripper and cutter Socket wrench Clamps Claw hammer

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WHERE TO START:

Walking into a hardware store as a first-timer and seeing rows upon rows of tools that all look the same can be overwhelming. You want to build a toolbox, but where do you even start? Steve Farquhar, who specializes in the tools department at The Home Depot, said the biggest mistake he sees buyers make when creating a toolbox is not knowing what they actually need.

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PLAY IT SAFE:

Even the most experienced handyman is going to make a few mistakes, so it’s important to stock your toolbox with essential equipment that would help you avoid injury. Most of the tools you’ll be using are very sharp and potentially dangerous when not used correctly. Don’t let this intimidate you, though. It’s always good to handle tools with care and keep safety in mind. Here are a few things to ensure you stay safe:

“I like to steer people into getting a premade toolbox, which lists all the tools it contains,” Farquhar said. “As time goes on and they realize they need another tool too, they can then buy that and put it in.”

First-aid kit

Most local hardware stores, like The Home Depot and Lowes, sell pre-made toolboxes, which depending on your skill set and needs, can be incredibly inexpensive. The Homeowners Toolset at Home Depot only costs $25 and contains 76 pieces, which include many of the items listed above. These toolboxes are perfect for inexperienced DIYers and students. The best part about any toolbox is that you can always add to it when you need a specialized item. It is everchanging!

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happy home | clean it

Out with the Old, In with the New

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August brings growth spurts for your little ones and the start of a new school year. New clothes, new teachers, new school supplies...the list is endless. Instead of throwing away the clothing and toys your children outgrew, donate them to local charities or thrift shops. Donating your gently used items clears up space in your house and gives back to the community.

Drop Box Locations: Outreach Thrift: 2430 NW 6th Street Gainesville, FL 32609 ; Newberry Road & NW 91st Street: 735 NW 91st St. Gainesville, FL 32607; Greenhouse Church: 2925 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32609 352-375-3200

Local Sites to Donate Gently Used Items

Donations Accepted: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 300 SW 8th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32608 352-378-7484 Haven Gainesville Attic Resale accepts new or gently used, houseware, furniture, clothing and children’s toys. They do not accept computer hard drives, flammable items, personal hygiene appliances or baby items like cribs and car seats.

Outreach Thrift accepts new and gently used clothing.

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2nd & Charles buys books, comics, CDs and vinyls, DVDs, games, musical instruments, video games and more. They do not accept advanced reading copy books, PC games, VHS tapes, phones or damaged or broken items.

Humane Society of North Central Florida Donations Accepted: Tues. - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 4205 NW 6th Street Gainesville, FL 32609 352-373-9522 The Alachua County Humane Society accepts donations of pet supplies, furniture, antiques, clothing and household items. They cannot accept any type of bedding, computer related electronics, car seats or hazardous materials.

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Donations Accepted: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 352-265-0360 Shands accepts children’s books and young adult DVDs.

Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County 2661 NW 51st Street Gainesville, FL 32606 352-372-5342 The Boys and Girls Club is currently looking for school and art supplies, books, backpacks, shoes, toys, board games and sports equipment. Donation drop off can be arranged through Darby Stubberfield at 904-396-4435 or darbs@bcgnf.org.

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Family Promise accepts Walmart, Publix and gas station gift cards as well as toiletries, dish soap and new bath towels and washcloths. Contact Family Promise to confirm what items they are currently accepting.

Child Advocacy Center of Gainesville 500 E University Ave., Suite A Gainesville, FL 32604 352-376-9161 The Child Advocacy Center creates a wishlist of donations for each semester. For more information on their current wishlist, email info@cacgainesville.org.

Tools for Schools Donations Accepted: Wednesday and Thursday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. during the school year 1147 SE 7th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32641 352-374-5213 Tools for Schools accepts office products, paper supplies, science and math materials and arts and crafts supplies.

Vetspace, Inc. 1220 NE 8th Ave.,Suite A Gainesville, FL 32601 Donation Drop off: Contact the office to arrange pick-up for your donations 352-222-2256 Vetspace accepts some nonperishable food products, hygiene supplies and household items. For more questions, contact Cheryl Wedgwood by phone or at c_wedgwood@ yahoo.com.

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Peaceful Paths accepts new or gently used clothing, nonperishable pantry items, unopened personal hygiene items, school supplies and cleaning supplies. For more questions, call the outreach office and ask for Amy or Lorna.

The Repurpose Project Donations Accepted: Tues. - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: 1920 NE 23rd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32609 352-363-8902 Arts and craft supplies, building materials, office supplies, tiles or anything else that has creative reuse is an acceptable donation to The Repurpose Project. If you have questions concerning donations, email donations@ repurposeproject.org.

Salvation Army Donations Accepted: Tues. - Sat 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 55 NW 23rd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32609 352-376-1743 ext. 7201 The Salvation Army accepts gently used clothing for all ages. It cannot accept appliances that are older than five years or not in working condition, baby items such as car seats and high chairs, paint and chemicals and furniture with rips or stains. https://www.salvationarmyflorida.org/ gainesville/donation-drop-off/


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learn | family learning

Family Fitness Fun BY JULIE WALTER

What if we told you working out as a parent doesn’t have to mean squeezing in a quick trip to the gym at unreasonable hours? What if we said you could stay fit while having fun with the entire family? Studies show that families who exercise together experience long-term physical and mental benefits. To implement family fitness time, plan ahead and schedule time throughout the week that you can be active as a family. Making fitness fun will teach your children a lifelong health habit and encourage bonding with the entire family.

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When You Only Have an Hour

When You Have a Full Day

Even if you only have a short amount of time, there are plenty of ways to get some exercise in and spend time together. Try exploring the neighborhood together after dinner. This could mean riding bikes, rollerblading or even just walking together and talking about each other's days. If it’s especially hot outside, cool off by running through the sprinklers or jumping in the pool.

If you have a full day to spend with your family, the options for activities are endless. You can visit a local lake and enjoy kayaking, swimming and fishing. You can travel to a beach and try Boogie boarding, beach volleyball or tug of war. If you are looking to immerse your family in nature, there are a lot of beautiful, local hikes that your family could enjoy. You can pack a picnic and trek through the trails to enjoy all that nature has to offer.

When You Have a Half Day

When It’s Raining

The weekend is here, and everyone is finally home for a few hours. This is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and get moving. Visit the local park and enjoy flying a kite or tossing a ball around. If you’re looking for a more structured activity, there are a variety of family fitness classes available. Try out yoga, Pilates or a dance class! If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community, volunteer to walk dogs at a local animal shelter or sign up for a charity run.

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We live in Florida, and that means it rains… a lot. However, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that being active goes out of the window. On a dreary day, try making a new playlist and having a dance party. Bump those tunes, and the whole family can participate in an epic round of freeze dance. You can keep the party going with a pillow fight, creating an obstacle course out of sofa cushions or playing "the floor is lava." Want to get out of the house for a little while? You could walk around the mall, go bowling or try rock climbing!


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learn | homeschool corner teachable moments and to take as much or as little time as needed for any particular task.

DON’T OVERDO IT

When I first started homeschooling, I thought I’d have tons of time for activities inside and outside of the house. Like many others new to homeschooling, I was terribly wrong. The potential to overschedule yourself or to overplan is real. According to homeschooling pioneer, advocate and author Zan Tyler, “plans should be possibilities, not prisons.” Keep that in mind if you start feeling trapped by your schedule. It might be time to refocus on your goals and all the possibilities still ahead of you during the year.

PLAN FOR PRIORITIES

Planning for Success Tips for the Best Homeschool Year Ever BY CRYSTAL LADWIG, PH.D.

While homeschoolers do not often stick to a traditional academic calendar, many of us do tend to think in terms of academic years. After all, most annual evaluation letters are due to the school district during the summer. So, how can you plan for success as you start your new homeschool year? Here are a few tips for the best homeschool year ever!

SET GOALS

Academic and character goals you set now can guide your planning throughout the year. What goals do you have for the year? For each subject? For the first month? Planning based on these goals helps to make sure you meet them. Review them as you create new plans each week.

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SET A ROUTINE, NOT A SCHEDULE

Flexibility is one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling; therefore you don’t have to stick to a fixed schedule. As you plan your days, set a routine, an order for doing things. This gives you and your children the peace of mind to take breaks when you need them, to take advantage of

The potential to overschedule yourself or to overplan is real! Don't stress out if you run out of time for all your plans.

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Homeschoolers decide to educate their children differently for many reasons. Those reasons become our priorities - plan for your academics, your service and even your fun. As you plan your year, week or day, consider those priorities. Use them as you select a co-op, curricula and extracurricular activities. As you start your school year, prioritize subjects as well. Start with harder subjects in the morning when you and your kids are fresh and well-rested. Consider starting back with a couple of subjects only and then add one at a time over the next few days or weeks. Look at service opportunities in your church, community and organizations where you’re already involved. Plan those and put them into your schedule. Planning for those things most important to you helps ensure that they get done.

PLAN FOR FUN

Many homeschoolers argue that public schools take the fun out of learning. Don’t let that happen in your homeschool! Chances are if you’re not enjoying homeschooling, your children aren’t either. Sometimes we need days or activities that are just for fun. We need that bonding, and those positive, shared experiences. Remember, a vital part of homeschooling is doing life together. Because of this, everything you do with your children is naturally educational. Don’t go overboard making it even more so. Life lessons teach naturally. So set your goals and priorities, then have some fun!


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Meg Amos What subject do you teach? I teach gifted science, and I co-teach Title 1 English/language arts. I’m also the safety patrol sponsor, the school site tech and robotics club sponsor. I oversee a student leadership and mentoring program called Hogtown Heroes for third through fifth grade students. I’m a huge advocate for building positive relationships amongst students, strengthening leadership skills and promoting good citizenship and pride in our school and community.

Why were you inspired to teach? AT WHAT SCHOOL DO YOU CURRENTLY WORK? Myra Terwilliger Elementary School WHAT GRADE/AGE DO YOU TEACH? First grade through fifth grade

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK? The Giving Tree. I have a tattoo of The Giving Tree with my niece and nephew’s names.

Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond for his students? An administrator who is truly devoted to making her school a better place? Giggle Magazine wants to know! Visit Gigglemagazine.com to submit your favorite educator for a chance for him or her to be featured in one of our upcoming issues.

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How do you wind down from a long day of teaching? I have three dogs that I love to spend time with after school. I also like to paint and do projects. And naps, of course -lots of naps.

What do you like to do outside of the classroom?

Both of my parents were teachers in Alachua County. My mom, Ann Amos, taught for 30 years at J.J. Finley Elementary, and my dad, Allen Amos, taught for 35 years mostly at Kimball Wiles Elementary. My sister, Shelley Amos, is also a teacher, first in middle school and now college. I fought the calling for a long time, which is why my degree is in political science, but eventually I realized teaching was just a part of me and my DNA. I knew I’d never get rich as a teacher, but I also knew I’d always be happy and fulfilled knowing I am making a difference. My parents modeled that joy and love for their students over the years and always taught me that happiness is not found in monetary riches.

I like to travel and spend time with my family and friends.

What is your favorite part of the school day?

The best story I have is when my classroom snake Beaker escaped. I was unaware of his escape -at first. I came into school over winter break and it was rather cold. When I went to print a document, I got an error message. I assumed the printer needed paper, so I pulled out the drawer and Beaker was curled up INSIDE the printer! Logically, I knew it was the class pet and not a random snake, but I still jumped back about 10 feet when I saw him. Since he was away from his heating pad, I think he was seeking a warm place to hang out.

I think all teachers love when their students have an “Aha!” moment – that light bulb that shines as they begin to understand the material. Truthfully, the best part of any day is when I see a student who is genuinely excited to be at school. They’re pumped up and ready to learn. That’s more invigorating than Starbucks or Mountain Dew. (Yes, I love my caffeine!)

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Changing Lives One School Day At a Time BY TAYLOR MCLAMB

Every school is like an intricate puzzle, where everyone who works there serves a significant purpose. In addition to the teachers, there are many other people at your children’s schools that work hard to shape your child into a smart, caring and hardworking adult. From the librarians and custodians to the dedicated staff that help your child at lunchtime, they all share a common ground: they’re passionate about the kids they engage with and work endlessly to make a positive impact on your child’s life. DONNA BARR, who works as a media aide at Duval Early Learning Academy, acknowledges the benefits of what a good educational system can bring to students, as she’s seen the impact on her own children when she sent them to school and, thus, wanted to be a part of the process. “My kids went to Duval when they were in elementary school,” said Barr. “I thought that it would be a great honor to work at the same place that helped my children grow and learn.” While working as a media aid for the last four years, her job asks her to be incredibly versatile and help anywhere she can. Not only does Barr require media knowledge to assist teachers and students in operating audiovisual equipment and computers, she also helps with lunch duty and works in the media center, where she spends her time checking books out to the students. “The biggest part of working with the students is making sure they are following directions, being safe throughout the day and respecting school rules,” said Barr. “The fun part is listening to the stories they share, working on activities together and reading together.” ROOSEVELT HUTCHINSON, 79, has been a custodian at Chester Shell Elementary in Hawthorne for a total of 45 years. While he initially retired 15 years ago, when the school asked him to come back, Hutchinson returned without a second thought. “I love the kids,” said Hutchinson. “I just feel like they’re all my babies, every single one. I take pride in what I do, which brought me back.” “A principal said years ago that I’m not a clock pusher,” said Hutchinson. “I don’t work towards the time or clocking out. If you take pride in what you do, those things don’t bother you."

According to Jack Johnson, public information officer for Alachua County Public Schools, about 2,000 people make up the support staff in the Alachua County Public School system, all of whom are dedicating their time toward giving your child the best experience while at school.

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ANGIE CURTIS, who is a devoted food service assistant, has maneuvered her way through the school system for the last 15 years. She’s worked as a teacher’s aide, a bus driver, a custodian and in the kitchen at W.A. Metcalfe Elementary. Curtis expresses her appreciation for the children through the way she prepares the food, which she said is created with love, to her determination to provide a safe outlet in the lunch line for kids to be themselves. “There are times where children go through things at home and nobody is ever gonna know. So, I ask them, ‘are you okay?’,” said Curtis. “They have told me, ‘I appreciate you asking me that, because I have gone all day and nobody has asked me anything’.” In October of 2018, Curtis transitioned to working in the food truck, which is an essential part of the district’s Free Summer Meals Program, which provides maximum accessibility for children to receive free breakfast and lunch during the summer. Out of all the jobs she’s worked, she said this is her favorite. “If I retire, it would be from the food truck,” said Curtis. “I found the main job that God gave me. It gives me everything I’ve wanted, the adrenaline, the children, the interacting with good people, it’s all in that one package. Nothing but happiness.” In November of 2018, Curtis was awarded Employee of the Month from the Alachua County Food & Nutrition Services. “I always said I was always going to work with children, no matter what it was, as long as children were around, that was what brought me joy,” said Curtis. “My husband always says, ‘I know you love your job, you’re there all the time.’”


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c2c | expecting {PREGNANCY}

Baby Blues or PPD? BY JENNIFER JENSEN

It is natural for new mothers to feel overwhelmed, tired, anxious or even depressed after giving birth. These feelings are typically referred to as the “baby blues.” But if these feelings become deeper and stronger and last for at least two weeks, it could be a serious mood disorder called postpartum depression (PPD). PPD affects one in seven women, according to Dr. Ashley Walsh of Gainesville OBGYN.  Feeling depressed and losing interest in nearly all activities for at least two weeks is the definition of PPD. Dr. Walsh said their mood can be irritable instead of sad, and women who are experiencing PPD must also have four additional symptoms to receive that diagnosis. These include changes in appetite or weight; changes in sleep and psychomotor activity; decreased energy; feelings of worthlessness or guilt; difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions; or reoccurring thoughts of death or suicide.  Anyone who is experiencing these symptoms should speak to their medical provider immediately, Walsh said. Their doctor will have resources available to them. Today, doctors are also required to give patients a postpartum questionnaire at their six-week checkup, which includes questions about their mental state.    “I think these questionnaires help start the conversation about mental health and illness and can give a woman the opportunity to bring up feelings she may not be comfortable bringing up in a visit,” Walsh said.  

CAUSES

The exact cause of PPD is unknown. Researchers believe an increase in hormone levels that occur gradually during pregnancy and then drop significantly after birth, as well as increased stress, might be the cause of PPD.   Women who are wanting to get pregnant, are currently pregnant or have recently given birth should be aware of the signs and symptoms and seek help when needed. There is no shame in expressing your feelings and asking for help to be the happiest mom on the block.

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for women with children ages 3 and under, provides counseling and support. On the medication front, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a medicine called Zulresso (brexanolone) specifically used to treat PPD. It is prescribed by a doctor and administered through an IV for 2.5 days. Right now, it is only available through a restricted program, she said.  In addition to speaking with a medical provider about your symptoms, there are also other ways to try and alleviate these feelings. These include resting as much as possible, asking for help and not trying to do everything on your own. Making time for yourself, talking with other mothers, talking about your feelings to those in your inner circle, joining a support group and not making any major life changes immediately after giving birth can also be beneficial to a healthy mental state. Women who are experiencing symptoms of PPD need to know they are not alone and shouldn’t feel wrong for having these feelings, Walsh said.  “Social media has actually improved awareness and allowed women from different cities and even countries to connect and discuss their symptoms and reach out for help,” Walsh said.   Peripartum mood disorders are common and should be discussed frequently. Peripartum covers anything from pregnancy up to four weeks after giving birth. Postpartum covers a period of six months after giving birth.    “The shift toward making maternal mental health a priority will hopefully decrease the incidence of women experiencing mental illness,” she said.


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c2c | infant { 0 -1 Y E A R }

Just One Bite Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods. BY GEORGINA CHONG-YOU

Stage 1 or stage 2, organic or homemade, oatmeal cereal or rice cereal... Whew! For a first time mom, feeding your baby solid food is overwhelming when you consider all of the choices available. Have no fear; you can give your baby the best without loosing your sanity in the process.

First Steps.

If your baby is 4 to 6 months old and you want to start feeding him/her solid foods, but don’t know where to start, you are not alone. The first step to take is talking with your doctor. Write all of your questions about food and feeding down and bring it to your next doctor’s visit. Then, read everything you can from books and magazines, the Internet and of course ask advice from other mothers. Normally solid foods are introduced between 4 and 6 months of age. You’ll know when your baby is ready when they are sitting up on their own, have good head control, have doubled their birth weight, seem hungry after breastfeeding or formula feeding or have become fascinated with what you are eating. They may even try to grab some food from your plate or take a sip from your cup. Start off slow –just one food at time, waiting about four or five days before introducing a new type of food.

Try starting with rice cereal or oatmeal mixed with breast milk or formula.

Where Do I Start?

Combined with either breast milk or formula, rice cereal or oatmeal cereal are the common foods to start with. Some babies eat it right up and enjoy it. While others, my children included, are absolutely disgusted with its taste. If your child turns out to be the latter, try combining the cereal with about an ounce of applesauce or a mashed banana. It became a hit with my children and I combined their cereal with fruits from then on. Bananas and/or apples are usually the first fruits babies are given and sweet potatoes or squash are normally the first vegetables. You can purchase these foods ready-made at your local grocery store or you can choose to make homemade baby food. Remember to take it one food at a time and consult with your doctor regarding the amount of food to give in addition to how much formula/breast milk to continue. If you notice that your baby is not interested in the food or even turns their head away, just wait a few hours or even a few days for their next feeding time and try again. Always consult your doctor if you see any serious aversions. Don’t expect perfection from your child. No baby is exactly as the books say—some are just unique and nothing like "the book" says. If your baby happens to be one of the unique ones who do not like to eat any solid food and wants to stick with only milk for a little while longer, accommodate them. There’s no rush. You can always wait a week or two and try to start solid foods again. Every thing your baby has experienced since the moment they were born has been new for them, and it can be a little overwhelming. So, like just about everything in motherhood and life, take it one day at a time!

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c2c | toddler {2-3 YEARS}

Key Nutrients Your Toddler Needs BY TAYLOR MCLAMB

Meal times can be stressful when you have a toddler who happens to be a picky eater. This is an important time in your child’s life for development, as they’re essentially growing a body and need to consume the right requirements for optimal health. So, what exactly should your toddler be consuming for a proper well-rounded diet?

FAT

While our society tends to promote a low-fat diet, dietary fat is incredibly important for building your toddler’s immune system, as well as the development of their brain and nervous system. According to the American Family Physician, restricting fat intake in toddlers can cause nutrient deficiencies. Don’t shy away from fats. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that toddler’s get 30-35 % of their daily calories from fat. Peanut butter, avocado, coconut and dairy products are perfect additions to your child’s diet.

IRON

Hannah Stahmer is a registered dietician at the University of Florida and has a background rooted in 20 years of pediatric experience. She’s worked closely with infants through adolescence, studying their growth and advising parents on what nutrients their child needs. “The most common deficiency in children is iron in this country,” Stahmer said. “Kids who are anemic don’t learn as well and don’t grow as well, so iron is important for carrying oxygen to all the cells, which is important when you’re growing and building new cells.” The recommended amount of iron for toddlers with an age range of 1-3 is 7 milligrams, so to help reach this goal, feed your child iron-rich foods like lean meats, fortified cereals like oatmeal or Cheerios, dried fruits and dark, leafy greens.

CALCIUM

Toddlers need about one to three servings of calcium per day, as it helps with bone growth and development. “We have until the age of 28 to build up our bone density as much as possible so it’s those crucial years of toddlerhood, when getting the right amount of calcium, protein and vitamin A, all the things that are essential for bone health, is really important,” Stahmer said.

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A glass of milk might not always seem appetizing for a child, but there are many delicious ways to sneak calcium into their diet. Stahmer recommends cooking with more milk and making milkbased dishes such as cheese and yogurt. While nut milk may seem trendy, cow’s milk or soy milk is preferred, as your child needs the protein that comes with regular milk.

VITAMIN A

Vitamin A is crucial for vision, bone growth, healthy skin and works to fight infection. Vitamin A is found in many fruits and vegetables. Reap the benefits of vitamin A by introducing your toddler to carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and apricots. Not only is it essential that your child is meeting all of their nutritional needs, they’re also learning to be more independent and building a healthy relationship with food. Involve your child in the cooking process, take a trip to the farmer’s market and teach them about the colors and shapes of food. “This is a good time in childhood to teach them body positivity and how food works. Not that there are good and bad foods but that there are sometimes foods and everyday foods,” said Stahmer. “Those messages stick with us for a long time, so I think it’s important to teach kids what food does for our bodies but not make it a guilt trip.”

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c2c | early years {4-5 YEARS}

When They Don’t Want to Go To School Remain Calm! BY MORGAN HILL

There are many “firsts” in a child’s life, but the first day of school is possibly one of the most significant. The idea of being away from mom and dad for hours at a time can be scary for your child, however this is normal after spending the first few years of their life at your side. But what do you do if they’re enjoying school and one day the words “I don’t want to go” come out of their mouths. These four little words can turn into much more if not addressed immediately. KNOW YOUR CHILD No one knows your child better than you do! Don’t panic when they don’t want to go to school, take a second to determine what’s wrong before demanding they have to go to school. If you’ve noticed they’ve been off the past few days, play detective. If their eyes look watery or they’re paler than normal, they could be getting sick and just need a day at home to battle their cold. In contrast, if they’ve been off school for a few days from an illness, they might have realized how fun it is to stay home and don’t want to go back. If that isn’t the case, ask them if anything (or anyone) has been bothering them at school. A big test that day or a problem with a friend at school may also be the cause of your kiddo’s woes. KIND, BUT FIRM APPROACH Be encouraging and don’t let the morning turn more negative. Odds are something is already bothering them, and showing them you’re upset will only make it worse. Do not raise your voice, but remain calm and encouraging. “My husband is very good at selling the fun in whatever we are doing,” said Kasey Windels, advertising professor at the University of Florida and mom to her son Luke. “We talk about the positive aspects of what we are doing and talk in an excited tone.” Being on your child’s side to figure out what is best for them will be more beneficial than dragging them kicking and screaming into their classroom. FIND A SOLUTION Even if it’s temporary, find a solution for the day. It might be staying home if they’re not feeling well or giving them a reward for going to school. Windels said when encouraging her son to go somewhere he doesn’t want to go doesn’t work, they tell Luke they’ll do something he likes afterwards like play basketball or get some ice cream. Don’t get into the habit of giving your child a reward every time they refuse, but on occasion is OK!

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ADDRESS THE PROBLEM If you’ve tried everything you can think of and your child still doesn’t want to go to school, it might be time to set up a conference with their teacher or a school guidance counselor. They will also have insight of what goes on in the classroom and what is bothering your child. Be patient, the solution may not appear immediately, but ultimately you can figure out how to make your child love school!

Helping Them Have a Great Day at School Lunch Box Notes Try something inspirational like “Think happy, be happy” or a joke to make them smile like “Why did the M&M go to college? Because he wanted to be a smarty!” A note from their parents will put a spring in their step for the rest of the day. Trip to a Special Place If they behave for a few weeks, take them on a special trip to the zoo or a museum...someplace they wouldn’t get to go often! This reward will encourage them to do well in school so they can go again next month! Choose a Special Treat Take your child grocery shopping with you and let them pick out a special snack for the week! If they’re hesitant to go into school one day, remind them they have the treat they picked out to look forward to.


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How to Deal with Bullying at School BY TRACY WRIGHT

One in four children have experienced bullying at school and more than 70% of young people report that they have witnessed bullying firsthand. We have all seen the reports of suicides linked to both bullying in schools and the cyberbullying that follows at home. In 2013, a 12-year-old Lakeland girl killed herself after she was bullied by two of her classmates, as reported by CNN and USA Today, among other outlets. While the statistics and stories are grim and heartbreaking, there are some positive facts that bodes well for bullying prevention. When a bystander intervenes in bullying the behavior stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time. Empowering children to take the correct steps if they are being bullied or be an advocate for victims goes far in treating the problem.

teacher or counselor. Do not advise children to fight back as that aggression could put your child in trouble. They should also share any bullying with you, their parent or guardian, so that you can reiterate the message that it is not their fault, and they deserve to be treated with respect.

5. If there is a bullying pattern, parents need to team up with their child’s teacher, guidance counselor and administration to come up with an appropriate action plan.

For additional assistance, parents should always be in communication with their child’s teacher and guidance counselor if there has been a pattern of bullying with their child. Most schools are trying their best to curb this behavior. If parents don’t feel their child’s issues are resolved, they need to take leadership by reaching out to their school’s district leadership. So how can parents stop bullying before it gets out of hand? Experts advise to always have a clean and open line of communication with your child and make sure that they understand they should always be treated with respect by their classmates and no child has a right to make your child feel bad about themselves. Conversely, also communicate that they have a responsibility not to make anyone feel bad. If a child witnesses bullying, they should also tell you that so that you can help them stop it.

Stopbullying.gov is a federal government initiative managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They define bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” They recommend a five-step bullying prevention process.

Notice your child’s behavior. Ask questions about their day and do so creatively. Instead of “how was your day at school?” parents can ask questions like “who made you smile today?” or “what challenged you today?” Encourage your child to be an advocate for a classmate who may be being bullied. If a classmate wants to report the behavior, encourage your child to go with them to report the behavior.

bullying from happening. They advise parents to teach their children to value kindness and use their own behavior to treat others with respect even when someone is not like them or you disagree with them. Tell children that they do not have to be friends with everyone but they do have to treat people with kindness.

Finally, if you notice that your child is discussing many instances of bullying at school, voice concerns to school administration and offer to put resources together for building an anti-bullying program in the school. Many times, educators and other staff are so busy and overwhelmed they may not notice negative behavior. Specialized training can help them.

1. Parents should model empathy for their children to keep

2. Help children to build their own problem-solving skills to

mediate difficult situations. For example, oftentimes it is helpful for children to walk away from difficult situations.

3. Parents should openly talk to their children about bullying

and lay the groundwork for when their children may be a victim, bystander or be a part of the bullying. Overall children should know that no form of bullying is tolerated.

4. Parents should discuss the do’s and don’ts of bullying with

their children. Children should be advised to calmly and clearly tell the other child to stop. If a child doesn’t want to speak up, parents can advise them to walk away and stay far from the bully as well as talking to a trusted adult, whether that be a

Florida’s Laws on Bullying Parents need to be aware that the consequences of bullying can go far beyond hurt feelings and reprimands at school. Florida is one of almost every state in the U.S. with specific laws prohibiting bullying. Florida anti-bullying laws and regulations define bullying as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students and may involve teasing; social exclusion; threat; intimidation; stalking; physical violence; theft; sexual, religious, or racial harassment; public or private humiliation; or destruction of property.

RESOURCES ON BULLYING: Stopbullying.gov | Nasponline.org (National Association of School Psychology) | Americanspcc.org/bullying-and-schools

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Five Tips to Help Your Child Through Tryouts BY JULIE WALTER

The big day is finally here. You can see the nerves and excitement on your child’s face as they pile into the car. Today is the day your child has their first sports tryout. Preparing for this day can be overwhelming, but these five tips will make tryouts a breeze for the whole family.

1. PREPARE WITH PRACTICE Practice. Practice. Practice. If the sport your child is trying out is new to them, make sure they have plenty of practice before the tryout. Spend time going over all the rules together, so they feel prepared for their first day. While practice is incredibly essential, remember keeping the sport fun is just as important. As you prepare for the big day, keep the training light and encouraging.

2. INSPIRE CONFIDENCE

4. PLAY THEIR HARDEST

This is the time to be your child’s best cheerleader. Words of encouragement will build their confidence and keep their spirits high. Praise your child for being brave and working hard to get to this point. Some of our favorite words of encouragement are “You can do it,” “You’re getting better and better,” and “I knew you could do it!”

The day of tryouts, it’s essential to inspire your child to play their hardest and leave it all on the field. The coaches are looking for talent, but they are also looking for the athletes that are working the hardest and are willing to push themselves. Before tryouts remind your child to go out there and give it their all.

3. PLAN FOR THE BIG DAY The day before tryouts help your child pack their bag with all of their gear, water and a snack to avoid forgetting anything. Find out when and where your child has to be in advance, so you can leave plenty of time to get there and avoid rushing. Lastly, it’s important to find time to relax the night before tryouts. Try watching your child’s favorite movie together and unwinding before bed.

5. KEEP PERSPECTIVE Lastly, remember that not everyone who attended tryouts can make the team. If your child doesn’t make the team, try your best to keep perspective. Avoid an immediate overreaction and let your child know that you are proud of them for trying their best. If they are upset, validate their feelings and allow them to be upset. Once the initial sting has worn off, come up with a game plan. Suggest other sports or clubs that may interest your child, who knows, maybe another sport or club will be a better fit.

Giggle Tip: Double check before tryouts that your kiddo has everything they need! Some schools require a tryout permission slip or release form that needs to be signed by a parent or guardian before they can join a team.

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Sending our children off to high school can be a fun, exciting and also scary time. Our own experiences in high school will likely cloud our minds when we think of what our “babies” will face. Will we envision them at high school football games? Or being bullied and sitting alone for lunch? Whatever preconceived notions you and your child may have, this is a pivotal time and it’s important to make sure they are prepared. We all know about “the talk” when it comes to the birds and the bees, but there are many more topics that need to be covered. It’s best to get information from the experts: other parents! These parents share what they think is crucial to discuss with your teen before they hit the halls of ninth grade. Amy Whitaker, mom to two daughters ages 15 and 20, a mentor, community volunteer and former educator tells me her advice to her daughters comes from a social standpoint. Her motto is “to fake it until you make it.” She said a lot of teens assume that everyone else around them has it all together. That they already have all their friends and already know what they’re doing. In reality, this is almost never the case.  She said she tells her girls to “act like they belong” and “like they know what they are doing no matter what they are walking into.” Everybody can always use a new friend and making new connections is good at any age. Whitaker encourages them to put their phone down, be approachable and not be afraid to try new things. Amy Griffin, a corporate business woman and mom to three sons ages 12, 16 and 19, echoes the social talks. “We had the requisite sex and drug talk in middle school. It’s too late for those once they are in high school,” Griffin advised. By the time her older sons reached high school, she had a new focus. She made sure they knew it was OK to be the leader of their own path. She also taught them to accept people for who they are and to not be judgmental. “High school is a different environment,” Griffin explained. “People are unique and have their own paths to follow. I want to be sure my children know that if they are true to themselves things will work out the way they are meant to be.” 

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She also expressed that she makes honesty a key value. “We taught our boys that if they are always fully honest with us we can help them through the hard times,” Griffin said. “It doesn’t mean they won't be held accountable for their actions, but it means that as parents we can do a better job protecting and guiding them if we know what is going on.”

OTHER TIPS HELPING YOUR TEEN AS THEY ENTER HIGH SCHOOL: Encourage them to try new things and branch out of their comfort zone. Remind them to expect new faces and remember they are a new face too, so be approachable and smile. Have them think of teachers as allies and ask for help. They are there to help them succeed. In high school there will be new opportunities for more freedom. Have them use it wisely and make responsible choices with their time.


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Gym Jam

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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Guided Walk

Children 5 years and older will participate in a coach-led warmup, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this two hour program. Prices range from $19 for members to $21 for non-members. This event repeats every Friday.

Kiddos 5 years and younger will have free time in the bounce house and free play, as well as time in the obstacle course in the Star Gym. Friday morning's end with activities and songs during parachute time and snacks. Prices range from $11.50 for members to $14 for non-members. This event repeats every Friday.

Gym Jam Jr. 5-6 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Suncountrysports.com Children 3 1/2 - 5 years old will participate in a coach-led warmup, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this one hour program. Prices range from $13 for members to $16 for non-members. This event repeats on the first Friday of every month.

AUGUST 2

Tot Times: Summertime Still Life 11 a.m. Harn Museum of Art Harn.ufl.edu Tour the Harn with your little ones with this program designed for children ages 2–5. Space is limited, so arrive 15 minutes early to register. This event repeats on the first Friday of every month. AUGUST 2

AUGUST 2

free Fridays Concert Series: The Duppies 8-10 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Gnvculturalseries.org Enjoy reggae music under the stars at this free, family-friendly concert.

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Parent Night Out 6–9 p.m. o2b Kids! Gainesville Supercenter O2bkids.com Five- to 13-year-olds will enjoy group games and other fun activities as well as a pizza dinner. Prices range from $15 for O2B members and $25 for non-members. This event repeats on the first Friday of every month.

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Take your family out for a guided tour of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens’ 24 major collections. This tour is $8 for adults and $4 for children (1-13). This event repeats on the first Saturday of every month. AUGUST 3

free Community Capoeira Class 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Capoeiraacademyofgainesville.weebly.com Apex Martial Arts offers this free AfroBrazilian martial arts class for all ages. This event repeats every Saturday. AUGUST 3

free Depot Family Drum Circle 6-8 p.m. Depot Park -The Hill Depotpark.org Bring the family out to Depot Park for a night of music with drums, shackers, tambourines and more! All ages and pets on leashes are welcome. This event repeats on the first Saturday of every month.

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AUGUST 2

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AUGUST 4

AVGD's 4th Annual Backpacks 4 Success 2-4 p.m. Howard Bishop Middle Averygooddeed.org Make a difference and help support the Children's Home Society's Annual Back2School Drive. With the generous assistance of our community and corporate partners, our goal is to build and deliver 200 backpacks that will be donated to Pace Center for Girls and local area students, along with teacher supply bags that will help refill their classroom with additional supplies throughout the year. AUGUST 4

free Summer Heatwave Pool Party

Kids can cool off in the pool and enjoy dancing, music and food at this free event.

AUGUST 11

free Museum Nights: Media Mix

free Florida Football Fan Day

6–9 p.m. Harn Museum Harn.ufl.edu

1-3 p.m. Location TBA Floridagators.com

Discover the beauty of different art mediums at this free, family-friendly event. Museums Nights take place on the second Thursday of each month.

Your kiddos will be able to get autographs from Head Coach Dan Mullen while enjoying food and music at this free event.

AUGUST 9

free Fridays Concert Series: Ramblin’ Mutts 8–10 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Gnvculturalseries.org Enjoy blues music under the stars at this free, family-friendly concert. AUGUST 9

free Story Time at Depot Park 10 - 11 a.m. Depot Park depotpark.org Head out to Depot Park with the family to enjoy a story time presented by the Alachua County Library District. AUGUST 9

Sunny’s Showcase Open House AUGUST 7

i.Baby & Me Class 10:45–11:30 a.m. IndepenDance Studio Independancestudio.com Moms, dads and grandparents are welcomed to join their little ones between the ages of 18 months and 3 years in a dance and movement class. Classes cost $15. AUGUST 8

Broadway Babies 9:15–10 a.m. Sun Country Sports – West Suncountrysports.com This parent-toddler program will help your little one explore music and dance through props, costumes and fun-filled activities. Admission ranges from $10 for members to $12 for non-members. This event repeats on the second Thursday of every month. AUGUST 8

free University of Florida Summer Symphony Concert 7:30–9:30 p.m. University of Florida School of Music Arts.ufl.edu Come out and enjoy a free concert by the University of Florida’s School of Music.

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6:45–8:45 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Suncountrysports.com Enjoy open exhibitions, free play, swimming, free food, enrollment discounts and more at this open house event. Buy your ticket in advance or on the day of the event.

AUGUST 12 First Day of Classes for: Alachua County Public Schools Millhopper Montessori School Healthy Learning Academy P.K. Yonge Brentwood School

AUGUST 13 First Day of Classes for: Queen of Peace Catholic Academy Saint Francis Catholic Academy Cornerstone Academy

AUGUST 14 First Day of Classes for: Oak Hall School Gainesville Country Day School The Rock School

AUGUST 10

free Family Fishing Day: Back to School Bonanza

AUGUST 17

8 a.m.–Noon UF/IFAS Fishing Ponds Sfrc.ufl.edu

11–11:30 a.m. Alachua County Library Headquarters Branch Attend.aclib.us

Take the family fishing in one of the six UF/IFAS catching ponds. You can bring your own gear or use the provided loaner poles and bait.

free Sensory Storytime

This special sensory storytelling time is hosted in collaboration by the Alachua County library system and Center for Autism Related Disorders (CARD). Admission is free.

AUGUST 10

UF Health Shands Childbirth Education Class 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. UF Health Shands Hospital Room 9433 Ufhealth.org This expansive course covers the birthing process, pain management options and postpartum care. It includes a tour of the labor and delivery and mother/baby units. The class costs $50.

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AUGUST 17

Ninja Jam 9–10:45 a.m. Sun Country Sports – West Suncountrysports.com Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $16.50 for members to $20 for non-members. This event repeats on the third Saturday of every month.

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SEPTEMBER 7

free High Springs Music in the Park Concert Series

free 3rd Annual Fort White Arts & Crafts Festival and Charity Poker Run

Florida Gators vs. UT Martin

2–4 p.m. High Springs Museum Santa Fe Listening Room Highspringsmusicinthepark.com Enjoy this “listening” style event, sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville/Alachua County, the City of High Springs, the High Springs CRA and more. This event repeats on the third Sunday of every month. AUGUST 20

UF Health Shands Newborn Care Class

This class is designed to help new parents learn to care for their newborn and covers topics such as diapering, soothing and infant safety. The class is $15 to attend.

Enjoy a fun outing with over 150+ arts and crafts vendors, live music and food vendors. The event is free to attend.

SEPTEMBER 2

Labor Day: Schools Closed

SEPTEMBER 6

Tot Times: Mix It Up! 11 a.m. Harn Museum of Art Harn.ufl.edu Tour the Harn with your little ones with this program designed for children ages 2–5. Space is limited, so arrive 15 minutes early to register.

AUGUST 21

Ninja Jam 2:15– 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Suncountrysports.com

SEPTEMBER 6

Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $16.50 for members to $20 for non-members. This event repeats on the third Wednesday of every month. AUGUST 24

free Fridays Concert Series: Philip JazzDad Thomas 8–10 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Gnvculturalseries.org Enjoy a night of jazz under the stars at this free, family-friendly concert.

Parent Night Out 6–9 p.m. o2b Kids! Gainesville Supercenter O2bkids.com Five- to 13-year-olds will enjoy group games and other fun activities as well as a pizza dinner. Prices range from $15 for O2B members and $25 for non-members. This event repeats on the first Friday of every month. SEPTEMBER 6

free Fridays Concert Series: The Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie 8–10 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Gnvculturalseries.org Enjoy classic rock music under the stars at this free, family-friendly concert. SEPTEMBER 7

AUGUST 30

free Depot Family Drum Circle

free Fridays Concert Series: The Progressive Rock Experience

6-8 p.m. Depot Park -The Hill Depotpark.org

8–10 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Gnvculturalseries.org Enjoy this tribute to ‘70s progressive rock under the stars at this free, family-friendly concert.

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SEPTEMBER 7

Gym Jam 5-7 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Suncountrysports.com Children 5 years and older will participate in a coach-led warmup, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this two hour program. Prices range from $19 for members to $21 for non-members. This event repeats every Friday. SEPTEMBER 7

Gym Jam Jr. 5-6 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Suncountrysports.com Children 3 1/2 - 5 years old will participate in a coach-led warmup, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this one hour program. Prices range from $13 for members to $16 for non-members. This event repeats on the first Friday of every month.

SEPTEMBER 8

National Grandparents Day

SEPTEMBER 11

free Story Time at the Zoo 10–10:30 a.m. Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo sfcollege.edu Bring the kids out for a free story time hosted by Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and the Alachua County Library. This event repeats the second Wednesday of every month. SEPTEMBER 12

free Museum Nights 6–9 p.m. Harn Museum Harn.ufl.edu Bring the family out for a night of fun that will engage the whole family with through fun activities and performers. Free admission.

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7–9 p.m. UF Health Shands Room 9433 Ufhealth.org

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Fort White Community Center Fortwhitechamber.org

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SEPTEMBER 13

SEPTEMBER 14

SEPTEMBER 21

free Movie Night: The Lego Movie 2

Kids4Kids Triathlon

Ninja Jam

8–11 a.m. University of Florida Gale Lemerand Drive Kids4kidsflorida.org

2:15– 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Suncountrysports.com

Children ages 4–18 will swim and bike on the University of Florida campus and run through the Ben Hill Griffin Football Stadium to help raise money for local children’s charities.

Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $16.50 for members to $20 for non-members.This event repeats on the third Wednesday of every month.

SEPTEMBER 15

SEPTEMBER 21

8–10 p.m. Tioga Town Center Tiogatowncenter.com Bring the kiddos out to Tioga Town Center for a free, family-friendly movie under the stars. Be sure to pack lawn chairs or a blanket. SEPTEMBER 13

free Fridays Concert Series: Morningbell 8–10 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Gnvculturalseries.org Enjoy psychedelic rock music under the stars at this free, family-friendly concert.

10 - 11 a.m. Depot Park depotpark.org

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Downtown High Springs Highspringsmusicinthepark.com

Head out to Depot Park with the family to enjoy a story time presented by the Alachua County Library District.

Enjoy the music of seven artists during a walking tour of the historic downtown district. This community event is free and open to the public.

SEPTEMBER 14

SEPTEMBER 17

UF Health Shands Childbirth Education Class 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. UF Health Shands Hospital Room 9433 Ufhealth.org This expansive course covers the birthing process, pain management options and postpartum care. It includes a tour of the labor and delivery and mother/baby units. The class costs $50.

UF Health Shands Newborn Care Class 7–9 p.m. UF Health Shands Room 9433 Ufhealth.org This class is designed to help new parents learn to care for their newborn and covers topics such as diapering, soothing and infant safety. The class is $15 to attend. SEPTEMBER 18

SEPTEMBER 14

free Family Fishing Day: Aquatic Education Day 8 a.m.–Noon UF/IFAS Fishing Ponds Sfrc.ufl.edu Take the family fishing in one of the six UF/IFAS catching ponds. You can bring your own gear or use the provided loaner poles and bait. The event is free and open to the public, but donations of aluminum cans and used printer toner cartridges are appreciated.

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Ninja Jam 9–10:45 a.m. Sun Country Sports – West Suncountrysports.com Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $16.50 for members to $20 for non-members. This event repeats on the third Saturday of every month. SEPTEMBER 20

free Fridays Concert Series: The Impostors 8–10 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Gnvculturalseries.org Enjoy this Beatles Tribute under the stars at this free, family-friendly concert.

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Florida Gators vs. Tennessee Time TBA Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Floridagators.com

free GatorLAN 10 a.m.–Midnight UF J. Wayne Reitz Union Smash.gg/gatorlan GatorLAN is a large gaming event at the University of Florida where you can bring kids to play a variety of video games. There will also be a free art corner, prizes and giveaways. Admission is free. SEPTEMBER 24

UF Health Shands Breastfeeding Class 7–9 p.m. UF Health Shands Hospital Room 9433 Ufhealth.org Perfect for expecting mothers, this class teaches you the benefits of breastfeeding, optimal latch positions, how to store pumped milk and more. The class costs $15 to attend. SEPTEMBER 27

free Fridays Concert Series: Gilberto De Paz & Tropix 8–10 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Gnvculturalseries.org Enjoy Latin fusion music under the stars at this free, family-friendly concert. SEPTEMBER 28

Florida Gators vs. Towson Time TBA Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Floridagators.com

SEPTEMBER 28 Public Lands Day Free admission to most National Parks, Monuments, Recreation Areas and other participating federal sites.

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free Story Time at Depot Park

free 6th Annual Folk in the Springs

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