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Danken, The Pygmy Elephant: Local author Trolonda Terrell teaches children about friendship and individuality with first book

Story by AUGUSTA ROBINSON // Photos by SARAH A. MILLER After praying for inspiration for the topic of her first book, Trolonda Terrell, 49, of Tyler, was surprised when it came from an object on her nightstand. As a lover of elephants, a figurine of a mother elephant walking alongside a baby elephant reminded Mrs. Terrell of the trust and ...

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Family Matters: Teaching kids to tell the truth

BY JENNIFER FLANDERS What do you do when you catch your child in a lie? That’s a question we recently received from a reader. Specifically, this young mom wanted to know how to handle a toddler who admitted lying. She wanted to drive home the message that lying is bad, but didn’t want any discipline she doled out to make ...

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Tock Tock: As summer comes to an end, the time to adjust your children’s sleep schedule approaches

COURTESY CHILDREN’S HEALTH As your family’s extended break from school comes to an end, one important item that may be missing from your back-to-school checklist – or may be started too late – is transitioning your student’s sleep from a break-time schedule back to a routine school-night schedule. Keisha Shaheed, D.O. at the Children’s Health Sleep Center recommends beginning adjusting ...

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Adventure Time: Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari

Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari 1200 County Road 4405, Jacksonville, TX 75766 CherokeeTrace.com, 903-683-3322 Each paid Admission comes with one sack of feed. Adults: $15.95 Kids 3-12: $10.95 Seniors 65+: $13.95 If adventure is what you’re looking for, that is exactly what you will find at the Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari in Jacksonville. Tucked back in the woods of ...

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Amazing Mom: with her husband Charlie, Traci Cameron shares the joys of raising three children close in age with very different personalities.

“We can learn so much about how to live our life through our children.” Photos by JENNIFER WILLARD PHOTOGRAPHY // Location at THE CHAPEL AT TEA BERRY FARMS IN JACKSONVILLE, TX 3 words to describe your family: Authentic, Caring, Team Players 3 words to describe yourself:  Hardworking, Organized, Determined Tell us about your children: Vivianne is our oldest and will turn ...

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Amazing Mom: Working mom Jill Kinsley says no matter how busy she gets, she always makes time to savor precious moments with her loving husband and adorable children

Photographer: JENNIFER WILLARD PHOTOGRAPHY | Location: DEWBERRY PLANTATION IN BULLARD, TEXAS | April-June 2017 “Treasure every moment because it truly does fly by.” 3 words to describe your family: Genuine, loving, connected 3 words to describe yourself: Focused, loyal, determined Tell us about your children: Caroline is 7 and a 2nd grader at Owens Elementary.  She is very thoughtful, bright, ...

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Funny Moments: Q&A with Alison Wong who took her adventures of being a new mom and created comics that all parents will find amusing and relatable

NEW MOM COMICS: THE FIRST YEAR New Mom Comics: The First Year is a compilation of a year of comics about the adventures of being a new mom, and is a humorous guide on what to expect. It’s perfect for new or expecting parents, but even those who are experienced will be able to reminisce and relive these funny moments. ...

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Parenting & Advice: Age Appropriate Chores for Children

Story by JENNIFER FLANDERS | April-June 2017 Studies show that people who were required to do chores as children tend to be more successful in life than those who weren’t. That’s the philosophical reason my husband and I have taught our kids to do stuff like loading dishwashers and folding laundry and making beds. The practical reason we stress such ...

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Apple Donuts: Cream cheese, apples, food color and sprinkles are all you need to make these delicious and healthy snacks

Story and photos by: HALEY HOLCOMB / April-June 2017 What kid doesn’t love donuts? They’re sugary, sometimes covered in choclate or sprinkles, can be filled with jelly and are all around a good breakfast snack if not eaten too much. My children love donuts, but of course they do not understand eating them in moderation. When I came across this ...

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Book Roundup: A list of six snuggle-able stories that are perfect for reading together with your child

Reviewed by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | April-June 2017 Books are perfect for snuggling. You know that – and your child knows, too, especially if it means snuggling with you as you read aloud. So try some of these snuggle-able stories. Snuggles are built into “I’ll Hug You More” by Laura Duksta, illustrated by Melissa Iwai. It’s a book told between mother ...

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Kids Fashion: Spring Styles 2017

Wardrobe: OshKosh/Carters Jewelry: Molly King, Whimzy Bitz Fashion Director: Elisabeth Ashley, Eforfashion Photographer: Rebekah Cummins, Edie Photography Location & Set Design: Kim Hitt, Hitt and Miss Models: Tristyen Ayub, Winter Cummins, Brooke Labrum, Polina Zhilchenkova, Zaya McCoy

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