Program aims to keep kids in school

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CNJ staff photo: Robin Coffey Officer Squatch, left, gets students ready to play basketball during an ACT assembly Wednesday at Zia. Robin Coffey Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT) reaches out to kids with a message: Staying in school can open doors, and dropping out usually leads to roadblocks. At least that’s the message Ninth Judicial District […]

Children’s image of adults reflects example set

Kids’ images of us, meaning of us adults, are funny. Those of us who have the privilege of working with them on a regular basis know this. The rest of the world occasionally is surprised by it. Thus, the setting: Ninth-grade algebra class, which in my case only has four students. The subject: Algebra, which […]

Kids’ gear: Sports pads keep your kids safe and comfortable

G-Form knee pads

Provided by G-Form The G-Form elbow, shin and knee pads are made from a lightweight material made specifically to flex with your joints and become rigid upon impact. Price: $39.99. Website: www.g-form.com. McClatchy-Tribune The G-Form elbow, shin and knee pads are made from a lightweight material made specifically to flex with your joints and become […]

How you can be a positive sports parent

Jack Perconte Positive parenting in sports is a choice parents make that allows sports to be about kids and not about parents. Parents who are out to relive their playing careers through their kids are the source of a lot of negative parenting in sports. The choice to be positive is not easy because of […]

Up With Kids: Flying with children doesn’t have to make your stress levels soar

Paula Sirois There are far worse things than traveling in a plane with kids — but that can be easy to forget. In-air child chaos has triggered breakdowns in even the most patient of parents. Something about the mix of airplanes, air pressure and claustrophobic seating can cause the sweetest kid to transform into every […]

Our favorite things: Three creative toys to keep kids occupied in these last weeks of summer

Color blanks

Provided by Disney FamilyFun magazine The Color Blanks are funky white plastic figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10. Disney FamilyFun magazine Creative Fun: A Figure of a Different Color Here’s a unique blank slate for kids’ creativity: 4-inch-tall, posable, funky white plastic […]

Act like what you already are: God’s kids!

Curtis Shelburne “All through the New Testament,” William Barclay writes, “there rings a plea for Christian unity.” Yes! Jesus himself asked, in his John 17 prayer to the Father, “May they [his disciples] be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me . . .” Evidently Jesus believes that one […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Cuts in gifted education hurt kids’ potential

Aisha Sultan “How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are, and where we could be as a society.” — James Gallagher, former director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is a well-tolerated discrimination in our […]