Tiffany K. Daniels is happy that in DeSoto, her kids get to experience the same small-town vibe she felt growing up in Alabama. Daniels is a speech-language pathologist and owner of Jargon Group Speech Therapy Clinic, and she founded The Learning Paradigm, a nonprofit that serves children with special needs. She and her husband, Robert Spivey, have two kids: son Caav, 6, and daughter Dylan, 11 months.
Favorite family restaurant We love to frequent our favorite eatery, Sweetsie in DeSoto. They not only have really good desserts such as pies, cookies and rolled ice cream, but they also have not-your-typical eggrolls such as Philly cheesesteak and pepperoni flavors that are pretty amazing. The vibe and customer service are always great!
Sweetsie Bakery & Café // 921 W. Belt Line Road, Suite 112, DeSoto
Best park I’m a country girl at heart! So, being outdoors either fishing at Joe Pool Lake with the kids or taking a hike at Cedar Ridge Reserve is something that I enjoy doing. Sharing my love of fishing with them is something that I’ve always looked forward to.
Favorite family outing Most recently, we took a nice drive to Glen Rose and visited the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. The kids were able to feed giraffes, zebras and other cool animals as we drove through the park. It was a great experience that we will definitely do again.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center // 2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose
For a night out Sandaga 813 is a nice jazz lounge that has live music to relax and dance to. It’s great for either a date night or a girls night out. There’s even an outdoor patio that has more upbeat music. Always a fun time!
Sandaga 813 // 813 Exposition Ave., Dallas
Self-care spot I try to get massages as often as possible and my go-to place is The Massage Suites in DeSoto. The atmosphere is nice and tranquil, and the staff makes you feel comfortable with friendly and caring service.
The Massage Suites // 279 N. Interstate 35 E., DeSoto
Go-to for getting active It has been a challenge to stay active and focus on fitness since having my little girl. But luckily I found Fit4Mom South Dallas Metroplex that has opportunities for moms to work out with their babies.
Fit4Mom South Dallas Metroplex // southdallasmetroplex.fit4mom.com
For cooling off My daughter attends Aqua–Tots in Mansfield and is learning how to swim. So we cool off in the pool quite often. We are sure to grab a snow cone from Tastee Ice on our way home to help beat the heat too!
Aqua-Tots // 1551 Highway 287 N., Suite 111, Mansfield (more DFW locations)
Tastee Ice Snow Cones // 829 S. Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie; Search on Facebook
How they give back As the founder of a nonprofit that supports children with special needs, The Learning Paradigm, our family stays active volunteering in our community, especially during our adapted sports season where we focus on their abilities to grow, play and thrive! However, with the change in climate, we offered free speech therapy services for some of the children in the program and will continue to provide online educational resources for their families.
The Learning Paradigm // thelearningparadigm.org
How she found her mom squad Fortunately, I have quite a few friends who have had babies within the past year. So, it’s been amazing sharing in our similar lifestyles of raising our little ones. Also, I was invited to join a Facebook group called Mocha Moms, Inc. DFW South/Fort Worth that shares a lot of great information and resources that have been so helpful!
Mocha Moms, Inc. DFW South/Fort Worth // facebook.com/mochamomsdallassouth
Why DeSoto is great for families There is a strong sense of community. I lived in downtown Dallas for almost 10 years before moving to DeSoto and I feel a difference in the pace and lifestyle. For one, I see familiar faces often. I know my neighbors. They know us. From working in the schools in DeSoto to making friends who also live in the neighborhood to building networks with other small–business owners, and most importantly, to connecting on social justice issues just means a lot to me. And it means a lot for my children to have that representation in their neighborhood as we raise them to be successful and confident individuals.
Photo courtesy of KorySebastian Photography.