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YOUR Kids Know How To Handle Social Media Propositions From Strangers, Right? The Shocking Reality Exposed

Most of us absolutely believe our teenagers are smart enough to avoid putting themselves in harm's way. These parents were stunned to discover just how wrong they were.

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Some Texas Schools Triple Recess Time to Help Kids with ADHD Concentrate

With increasing cases of ADHD, is more recess the solution rather than prescription pills?

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Fidget Spinners Are Catching On In East Texas

Most kids have these things and they're supposed to reduce stress and help with concentration, but do they work?

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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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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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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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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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