Child Sense: Tips for helping your child walk home from school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Consider the way your child relates to the world when planning his walk to and from school. Pick a route that is easy for your child to remember even if it may take a little longer. Turning one corner is easier for your child to remember than having to turn five. Find […]

Birthdays — July 17

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Brooks Stephanie Brooks of Clovis celebrated her 50th birthday July 15, 2011. She was born July 15, 1961, in Farwell. She has two children and two grandchildren.

Building Resilience in Children: The art and importance of listening

McClatchy-Tribune The key to getting a child to open up is to say very little. Simply use short phrases that reassure and prompt more conversation. This is particularly important at the beginning of a conversation because we want children to reach a point where they’re comfortable enough to express whatever is on their minds. To […]

Child Sense: Tips for making a trip to the beach enjoyable for your child

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer is often associated with going to the beach, and having fun with your children in the sun, surf and sand. Understanding your child’s sensory needs will make the experience even more enjoyable. The tactile child will take great delight in playing in the openness of the beach. As soon as their […]

Is spanking useful in raising children?

Children are at center of life in heaven

Curtis Shelburne If I were to ask you to name some occasions in Scripture when Jesus was angry, where would you start? Probably the incident that would come to mind first for most of us is Christ overturning the tables of the greedy money-changers in the temple. If he wasn’t awfully angry on that occasion, […]

God insists that his children learn to be thankful

My parents believed in giving thanks. Yes, they believed in giving thanks primarily to God for the blessings he showers upon us. But Mom & Dad also believed in giving thanks to the people around us. My mother, normally a most loving woman, was an absolute tyrant regarding “thank you” notes. From the moment we […]

Our people: Clovis resident Tina Vassar enjoys working with children

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Tina Vassar has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 12 years. Clovis resident Tina Vassar has two jobs. One as the Clovis High School principal administrative assistant and another as a children’s director at Highland Baptist Church with her husband. The second she doesn’t even consider work. At both […]

When is the best time to start potty training?

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Tonjia: Developmentally speaking, there are two important things to remember about potty training children. First, girls typically reach developmental milestones more quickly than boys and thus potty train earlier than boys do. Second, potty training depends upon a child’s ability to control bladder and bowel functions. In most children, awareness of these functions does not […]

Press release: Hot weather health tips

With the temperatures heating up around the state, the New Mexico Department of Health is reminding residents to take precautions against heat-related illnesses, especially with children and the elderly. The Department of Health is also reminding parents to never leave children unattended in cars because of the potential for heat-related illnesses. “Never under any circumstances […]

Dirty Laundry: Denial runs deep among sports parents

Aisha Sultan I knew the minute I saw a red-faced grown man hollering at his 5-year-old son during a soccer practice. I didn’t want my kindergartner playing with this crowd. His little friend with the very loud father seemed so eager to please that I couldn’t decide if the scene left me depressed or angry. […]

In search of ponies: Critters offer children endless amusement

Sharna Johnson “Hello, do you sell feeder ants?” I asked the lady who answered at the pet store. “Put it back where you found it,” the voice on the other end of the line responded. “Excuse me? What do you mean?” “The horned toad. Take it back where you found it, you can’t keep it,” […]

Child Sense: Try to give your child some control when their routine is disrupted in the summer

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer break is upon us, bringing the inevitable mix of travel, visitors and changing sleeping arrangements. Children’s bedrooms turn into guest rooms for friends and relatives, suitcases replace closets as families travel, and children go off to camp. Though exciting, this can also be very stressful to children, who lose not only […]

Albuquerque hospital providing outreach clinic

CNJ staff The Carrie Tingley Hospital at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque will be providing an outreach clinic for children with orthopedic problems on June 24, according to a news release. Children and young adults up to the age of 21 with chronic physical problems or difficulty with bones, joints […]

Camp fosters invention

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jack Green, 10, left, 9-year-old Spencer Biagini, center, and 9-year-old Abby Barela work together using objects in two shapes to build a structure. The class learned how different types of molecules combine to create matter. Liliana Castillo Camp Invention returned to Clovis for the third year this summer. The week-long […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10 p.m. May 30 officers responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Weston Street for a report of shots fired. A man and woman said they had previously called police because they kept hearing people in their attic. The […]

Birthdays — June 12

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McClure Evelyn McClure of Clovis will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 18, 2011, at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., Clovis. [image #2, align= left, size= medium] The celebration will be hosted by her children, Gale Ball and Robin Kirk, Hal McClure and Michelle Blake. She was born […]

Anniversaries —

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Lopez L.J. and Rosie Lopez of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 13, 2011, in Pagosa Springs, Colo. [image #1, align= left, size= medium] The celebration will be hosted by their children Phil and Terry Lopez, Susie and David Duran, Ben and Marsha Lopez, Kathy Medrow and Paul and Nichole Lopez. The […]

Clovis, Portales offering summer programs

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Marina Tapia, 10, of Clovis plays with a hula hoop Friday at the YMCA summer camp being held at the Highland Elementary School gym. Tapia said, “I enjoy coming for the fun, great time with friends, field trips, and everybody is nice.” Alisa Boswell School is out in Clovis and […]

Anniversaries — May 22

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Bilberry Bud and Alma Lyle Bilberry of Kenna will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary 2 p.m. May 29 at the Kenna Community House. The celebration will be hosted by their children. The couple was married May 28, 1961, in Kenna. They have two children and six grandchildren. He is a rancher. She is a retired […]