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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.

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These Are the Quirkiest Baby Names in Texas

Texans can come up with some goodies! Just look at any kindergarten class list, and high five yourself for stamping your kids with some unique, cool, and creative name

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‘Get Off Your Phone’ Message to Parents at Texas Day Care Resonates Everywhere

I hate to say it, but chances are some of you are reading this from your phone. But the issue here is prioritizing when you decide to stare at a small screen in your hand

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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?

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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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 get to class

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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 balance and lead to back problems later on.  Here's the magic number.

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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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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The School Year is Ending. Do You Toss The Kids’ Artwork?

It's always a dilemma for parents.

Kids create art from the heart all year long in school, and although you've trashed some of it here and there, the end-of-the-year stack takes some consideration because there is guilt involved.  Keep it or junk it?

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Mother’s Day Is a Great Time to Celebrate Uniqueness

Happy Mother's Day!  Got a quirky mom?  This weekend we're celebrating the quirks, the playfulness, the discipline, the organization, and thoughtfulness, and the love.

And the most important things our moms have ever done for us.  Here's mine.

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Tyler’s Full Moon This Friday Will Make The Kids Wild

Science may be starting to agree that a full moon does make us all a little more unruly than usual. Here's when you can expect the next full moon in East Texas so you can prepare yourself.  

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Not All Bluebonnet Pictures Turn Out Great

It's the time of year in Texas when a bluebonnet patch can draw dozens of freshly bathed kids in their cutest clothes, along with those amazing parents-of-the-year armed with high tech zoom lenses ready to upload the photos to online scrapbooks right away to share with Grandma and Grandpa in Poughkeepsie.  And then there are the rest of us.  This was kind of a disaster. 

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6-Year-Old Boy Takes Mom on Sweetest Date Ever

Raising a child is hard work, but it looks like this mother is doing it right.

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