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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 Lufkin 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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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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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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Kids Put a Damper on Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips With These Phrases

It's more than just, "Are we there yet?"  That usually starts in the driveway, and there a dozen other comments and questions that can take the steam out of our Memorial Day Weekend road trips just as quickly.  Here are some of the best zingers from the back seat that stress out parents.

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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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Lufkin’s Full Moon This Friday Will Make People Wild

Science may be starting to agree that a full moon does make us all a little more unruly than usual. Here's when you can expect the next full moon in East Texas so you can prepare yourself.  

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Not All Bluebonnet Pictures Turn Out Great

It's the time of year in Texas when a bluebonnet patch can draw dozens of freshly bathed kids in their cutest clothes, along with those amazing parents-of-the-year armed with high tech zoom lenses ready to upload the photos to online scrapbooks right away to share with Grandma and Grandpa in Poughkeepsie.  And then there are the rest of us.  This was kind of a disaster. 

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Little Girl Gives Dad a Real Tattoo

Ask any dad and he will tell you that one of the rites of passage as a father is to let your young daughter or son use you as a canvas for their expressions of art. 

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Photo credit - Antonio_Diaz
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Parents Should Be Aware of These Explicit Websites

The decision to write about this subject and these types of websites was not an easy one. In writing this I will be alerting those with immoral intentions about a website they previously knew nothing about, but I will also be educating parents and unknowing female victims to the dangers of this type of site.  

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2014’s Most Touching Christmas Commercial Is From…Spanish IKEA?

IKEA sells furniture, but it may also want to sell tissues because you'll need them after watching this ad.

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Your Child Ignoring Your Calls? Texas Mom Invents App to Lock Their Phone

Let's see if this sounds familiar:

You call your child - no answer.  You try again - straight to voice mail.  You send him/her a text - no response.  Frustration turns to worry until you see that the text has been read, but still no answer from your child. 

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Dad Sets up Sting to Catch Online Predator

A father from Detroit noticed that his 13 year old daughter was receiving online messages from a man that wanted to meet her.  So the dad decided to pose online as the daughter and ended up coming face to face with the predator and was even able to get a videotaped confession from the thug.  Check out the video report from Fox 2. 

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