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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Monster Cupcakes: These Candy creatures are easy-to-make and an activity that kids of all ages will enjoy

Writer and Photographer: Haley Holcomb // Small Town Kids Magazine October/November/December 2016 For this Halloween season, a great treat that you and the kids can make together is Monster cupcakes. For this project we decided to make our own cupcakes, even though you could buy pre-made cupcakes as well. PREPARATION The preparation is simple. After your cupcakes are ready (baked, ...

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Amazing mom: “I look at life so differently now.”

Photographer: Jennifer Willard Photography // Small Town Kids October/November/December 2016 AFTER OVERCOMING A CANCER DIAGNOSIS DURING HER PREGNANCY, LA SHUNDA MINIX EMBRACES THE JOY OF CARING FOR HER FAMILY AND BEING A MOTHER TO HER SON DENIM 3 words to describe your family: One, Strong, God-Fearing words to describe you:  Fighter, Motivator, Devoted, Multi-Talented Tell us about your son? Denim ...

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Super parents: Couple finds having house full of love worth the challenge of adding special-needs children to the family

Writer: JACQUELINE HILBURN-SIMMONS / Photographer: SARAH MILLER / Small Town Kids / Summer 2016 A small sign stationed at the front door of Robert and Jessica Ogden’s home seems to sum up their happy-go-lucky attitudes. The plaque reads, “Ogden Nuthouse,” but it could just as easily say “Ogden Funhouse.” Inside, the living room floor features a scattering of educational toys ...

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Darling baby: Preparing your child for a new sibling

From: KIDSHELATH.ORG / Small Town Kids / Summer 2016 A baby brings many changes that can be harder for older siblings to handle. These steps can help your child adjust to the new arrival. The arrival of baby brings many changes to a family. Parents spend a lot of energy on preparations and after the baby arrives much attention involves ...

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