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East Texas is Full of Outdoor Activities for the Kids
If your brood is anything like mine, the first thing the kids do when they walk in the door after school is grab the iPad or the Kindle. Spring is here, kids!  East Texas has plenty of things to do outside, and we're leavin' the house.  Here are just a few ideas.
How Do You Talk to the Kids When the Dog is Dying?
This is the worst part of pet ownership.  We've learned that Harry has major health issues and he's in noticeable pain, and we're faced with that big decision that no dog owner wants to make.  How do you talk to the kids about what's coming?
My Halloween Decorations Won’t Win Any Contest
Good luck today with your office cubicle decorating contest.  You are rockin' those cob webs.
I have failed my children with my lack of Halloween decorations, so my 6-year old decided to take matters into her own hands and make something festive on her own.  And then the sprinkler syst…
Parents Say This is the Best Age to Get Kids a Smart Phone
This may be the great debate at your house. The kids are begging for a phone so they can enter the world of Snapchat for themselves, and you're holding off as long as you possibly can.  What's the ideal age to let kids/teens have a smart phone, and how does East Texas compare?
No Homework All Year For These Texas Students
A Texas teacher is getting a lot of attention for a "no homework" policy that she says she's planning to stick to all year long.
She wants kids to play outside, have dinner with family, and get to bed early instead of burying noses in the books at home.  Think it'll c…
Back-To-School Takes Over Social Media
If you are on social media at all this week, you will quickly understand that school has started.
As parents, there is some sort of reflex that makes us mark these back-to-school moments on Facebook, and as you might be able to see in this picture, the kids would rather just hurry up and ge…
Kids’ Backpacks Shouldn’t Be Any Heavier Than This
School starts next week in Tyler and all across East Texas, and kids will be cramming iPods, notebooks, Kindles, phones, a change of shoes, snacks, and maybe even a book into those backpacks.
How heavy is too heavy?  If the backpack weighs more than a certain amount, it can knock kids off b…
Summer Makes Me Wish I Was a Kid Again
Summers were so much fun as a kid, with camps, swimming, and sprinklers, and lots and lots of ice cream.
As an adult, there's no break from work and there can be more to do juggling the kids' schedule, and we lose the magic.  But here's a way to get it back.

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