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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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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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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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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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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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Mom Chat: Don’t Stress Potty Training

Writer: Haley Holcomb // Small Town Kids October/November/December 2016 There have been a lot of changes to Small Town Kids Magazine, and more are coming. This issue will feature a kids fashion section which we are very excited about. Small Town Kids, as well as IN Magazine, has partnered with Elisabeth Ashley from EforFashion and we will feature a fashion ...

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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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Age differences: Raising children at different ages can be accomplished, it just takes a little work and a lot of patience

Writer: LESLIE HARRISON / Small Town Kids / Summer 2016 Our three children are each spaced 2.35 years apart. The age gap between my oldest and youngest is approximately five years. When they were younger, this resulted in the following pattern: racing to the eldest’s activity, keeping the middle child from getting into mischief and feeding-changing-rocking the baby. The challenges ...

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