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Mom Chat: See the funny moments through the mess

April-June 2017 Children are hilarious. It’s a well-known fact. There are just as many videos on Youtube of little kids being funny than there are videos of cats being, well, cats. Most of the time these funny times are either a learning experience for the parent or the child, and can result in a big mess. I think that one ...

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Adventure Time: Parent’s night put at Rockett Allstarz Gym

April-June 2017 The Adventures of Seri and Abi is a blog featuring the 4- and 5-year-old daughters of Lili Rodriguez and Alyx Pace. They go on “adventures” almost every week to a new place around East Texas and share their experiences on their blog, AdventuresOfSeriAndAbi.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and follow them on Instagram at @adventuresofseriandabi_. ...

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Carseat Safety: Knowledge is key when it comes to making sure that your child is safely secured in the car

Written by: KATHI WHITE (TxDOT Public Information Officer), HEATHER SINGLETON (TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist) / April-June 2017 Do you know how to buckle your kids up right when they’re riding in your vehicle? It’s a goal of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to keep kids safe when you’re traveling with them on Texas highways and to that end, the ...

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Pregnancy & Fitness: Prenatal Yoga- It can help keep the body limber, tone muscles, and improve balance and circulation with very little impact on your joints

Yoga studio: beFree Yoga Styling and Photography: Elisabeth Ashley, Eforfashion Maternity Model: Rebekah Cummins Yoga Wear: Snap @ Studio B Pilates+Barre Private Yoga Instructor: Taylor Clark Contact: taylorteachesyoga@gmail.com See class schedule at beFree and The Windhorse STORY BY HALEY HOLCOMB | PHOTOS BY ELISABETH ASHLEY | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 Keeping the body active and in shape helps with the changes ...

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Mom Chat: Treasure all the moments

HALEY HOLCOMB | Haley@smalltownkidsmag.com | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 One of the best, and honestly worst, factors of parenting is that your kids are continuously growing, learning and transforming. Of course this means that your 2-month-old infant won’t be a baby for very long at all. Just as fast as time goes by, our children are growing right before ...

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Parenting Perspective: A Life Fulfilled-Help your children find their passion and purpose and they’ll figure out what they want to be when they grow up

STORY BY LESLIE HARRISON | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 My daughter has a memory from her sixth-grade English class that she’d like to forget. Her teacher announced one day, “Alright class, we are going to go around the room and I want each of you to tell me what you want to be when you’re older.” Looking at my ...

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Education Spotlight: King’s Academy-At this private school parents and Educators work hand in hand to create spiritual and educated children

STORY BY STEPHANIE DERFUS | COURTESY PHOTOS | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 King’s Academy, a Christian University-Model School, provides students with a comprehensive, college-preparatory education so that they will succeed academically, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Are you looking for a school that gives time back to your family instead of taking hours away?   This model provides parents time to ...

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Top Teen: 14-year-old sickle cell disease patient, Destiny Williams, named 2017 Miracle Child

STORY BY AUGUSTA ROBINSON | PHOTO BY SARAH A. MILLER | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 Looking at 14-year-old Destiny Williams’ smile, one might never suspect she sometimes experiences aches and pains so severe they put her in the hospital. Destiny, of Tyler, was born with sickle cell disease, an inherited, chronic, incurable condition that results in red blood cells becoming ...

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Blended Families: As blended families become more abundant, it is important to understand what it means to have a “step” in the household

STORY By Melinda Richarz Lyons | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 What does it mean to be a family? The traditional nuclear family exists, but more and more parents and children are part of a blended family. A stepfamily or blended family consists of a couple and the children in their household, their children together and/or children from previous relationships. ...

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Allowance: Give regularly, increase amount as child gets older

STORY BY Willis-Knighton Health System | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 An allowance can be a great way to teach kids money management skills and help them learn how to make decisions, deal with limited funds and understand the benefits of saving and charitable giving. There’s no single correct way to handle giving an allowance. Deciding when to start, how ...

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Amazing Mom: Kasey Ciesiensky is the mother of three children who started her own home-based business selling environmentally-friendly cleaning products

“When in doubt, sing and dance.” 3 words to describe your family: Loving, passionate, silly 3 words to describe you:  Persevering, funny, passionate Tell us about your children: I have three kiddos. My oldest is Minnie, a sweet and passionate 5-year-old that can’t wait to grow up and be a mommy. Then comes James, a tender-hearted 3-year-old, who melts my heart ...

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Special Needs: Mother with autistic son tells about her experiences with his diagnosis and the blessings that come from having such a special child

STORY BY Natalie Soultanov | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 On June 25, 2007, my husband and I welcomed our first child. We decided to name our little guy, Maxim. I always loved the name Max. I feel Max is a very masculine name. And not to mention I also loved Maxim on “Dancing with the Stars”. My husband liked ...

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Adventure Time: The Adventures of Seri & Abi at the Center for Earth and Space Science Education

The Adventures of Seri and Abi is a blog featuring the 3- and 4-year-old daughters of Lili Rodriguez and Alyx Pace. They go on “adventures” almost every week to a new place around East Texas and share their experiences on their blog, AdventuresOfSeriAndAbi.com. This time they visited the Center for Earth and Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. The ...

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Cooking With Kids: Mini Tacos

Your kids can help make these simple and tasty treats the whole family will enjoy STORY AND PHOTOS BY HALEY HOLCOMB | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 Making mini tacos is a great way to get kids involved with an easy and delicious recipe. You customize what goes on the tacos and your children can help. My 3-year-old was my ...

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Pinterest Project: Homemade Slime

What child (or adult) doesn’t love playing with ooey, gooey slime? This Pinterest project is hours of fun AND an easy activity to do with the kids. STORY AND PHOTOS BY HALEY HOLCOMB | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 Believe it or not, there are many ways to make homemade slime. I opted to use glue, water and Borax detergent ...

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Playing in the Park

Kids enjoy the day playing outside at the children’s park in tyler, texas. Clothes are fRom Peek-A-Bootique, wardrobe style by Elisabeth Ashley from EforFashion. PHOTOS BY: Rebekah Cummins

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Do-It-Yourself Christmas: Popsicle sticks, glue, glitter and strings, combined with your child’s imagination, results in the cutest little trees

Writer and Photographer: Haley Holcomb / Small Town Kids Magazine October/November/December 2016 The object of this Pinterest project is to let your children create their own Christmas ornaments that can be used each holiday season. Making family traditions can be something that your family looks forward to each year, and is something that you and your children can remember years later. ...

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Food Freebies: Lots of little mouths to feed? No problem. Here is a list of restaurants that offer free meals to kids

Writer: Jennifer Flanders / Small Town Kids Magazine October/November/December 2016 Go easy on the cook and on the checkbook! Next time you take the family out to dinner, refer to this handy list of Tyler restaurants where kids eat free. With rare exception, these offers are for dine-in customers only, and all require an adult purchase. Other restrictions may also ...

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The Adventures of Seri & Abi: The Texas Fresh Water Fisheries Center

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center 5550 FM2495, Athens, Texas http://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc Admission: $5.50, adults; $4.50, seniors 65 & older; and $3.50, children ages 4–12 FitBit Steps: 6,500!! FYI:  Don’t go on this awesome excursion unless you have at least 4 hours to enjoy! Have you ever had one of those mornings when you’re running behind, children aren’t cooperating, traffic is bad, you ...

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Motocross Kid: 6-year-old Matthew Bonner has a lot going on in his life right now. He just started kindergarten, he’s busy being a big brother, oh, and he is a motocross racing champ

Writer: Haley Holcomb / Courtesy Photos / Small Town Kids Magazine October/November/December 2016 Matthew Bonner is not your average 6-year-old. This Flint, Texas, native has been riding dirt bikes since the age of 2 and has been competing in motocross competitions since he was 4. “We started with Matthew riding when he was late 2s on a Yamaha PW with ...

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