Parents should have option to pick schools

Freedom Newspapers National School Choice Week started Monday, focusing attention on efforts of parents, activists, legislators, students and grass-roots networks to promote school choice programs throughout the United States. Legislators should take heed and this year expand choice programs for all students in an effort to fix the country’s ailing public education system. School choice, […]

Press release: Clovis man shot parents, self, police say

On Friday, October 14, 2011, at approximately 11:00 AM, Curry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 4200 block of Homestead, southwest of Clovis, regarding a report of a shooting. The reporting information indicated that Daniel Sena (25 YOA) had shot his parents at this residence. Upon arrival, deputies found Ramon Sena (64 YOA), who was […]

Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

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Provided by Roaring Brook Press “America is Under Attack” is by Don Brown, from Roaring Brook Press. It is aimed at children 6-10 and is $16. McClatchy-Tribune With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, it is time for parents to plan how they will explain that day to children too young […]

How young is too young for Facebook?

Daniel Vasquez August Of the 20 million Facebook users under the age of 18 who have actively used the site in the past year, 7.5 million were younger than 13, according to Consumer Reports’ latest State of the Net survey. Meaning, they’re so young that they violate even Facebook’s terms of service, which requires that […]

Moms gear: Help your child keep away from sunburns with swimwear that changes color in the sun

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Provided by Seasons UV LOL swimwear from Seasons UV changes colors and patterns in the sun to make your child aware of when they need to reapply sunscreen. Maggie O’Neill Parents can teach their children to be sun aware – and sunburn aware – with a new line of swimwear offered through Seasons UV called […]

Students, teachers brace for beginning of school

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kim Matlock, right, helps her 7-year-old daughter Makena load up her desk with supplies during the Zia Elementary open house Friday afternoon. Makena is starting second grade at the school Monday. Kevin Wilson The hallways and parking lot of Zia Elementary were bustling Friday afternoon, as parents and students got […]

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 […]

Education column: Faculty, staff gearing up for school year

Every year we begin school with a bang. Communications fly back and forth, all departments shift into high gear and, as far as staff is concerned, we are about to experience the payoff of careful and thorough long-term planning. Even though teachers officially started back this past Monday, many have been coming in for weeks, […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Dirty Laundry: When children won’t sleep, parents get desperate

Aisha Sultan Ginger Allington was getting up around the clock to nurse her baby back to sleep. Neither she nor her husband had slept much for months, and Allington says she remembers thinking: “We need to get him to sleep longer or I’m going to die.” Her husband, Adam, described that period of time as […]

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Dirty Laundry: Taking care of fathers complicates family roles

Aisha Sultan Amy Goyer left her home in Washington two years ago to care for her aging parents in Phoenix. Her mother had suffered a stroke two decades earlier, and her father was beginning to show signs of dementia. Goyer works at AARP as a family expert and has walked hundreds of caregivers through this […]

Mom’s gear: Babba Cover

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MCT This cotton cover is lined with a fabric that has an SPF/UV-blocking rating of 40 to 50. The sides are made of a mosquito mesh that will keep bugs out while letting air in to keep the baby from overheating. Available at Buy Buy Baby stores or online at BabbaCo.com. Price: $50. By Colleen […]

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 […]

Parents should separate own self-esteem from child’s performance

There’s become a common phrase for what used to be called “stage moms”. Today it’s “tiger moms!” This is not exclusive to moms, though. In the sports world there have always been dads pushing their boys to be the next great something. So just what is that all about? Lest we think this is only […]

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. […]

Brandon: Advice from younger days still relevant

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Graduation is this month for tens of millions of high school seniors across the country. Our world has drastically changed since I graduated in the 1960s. During my school years, working moms were rare. Many people just owned one car, one telephone and one TV. Never would we be […]

Parents agree discipline important to raising children

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Freedom New Mexico: Russell Anglin Milton Brown talks with his children Desiree and Aaliyah and family friend Brandon Quintana outside Brown’s mother’s home Wednesday. Russell Anglin When it comes to parental discipline, a group of dominoes players at the Tucumcari Senior Center Thursday seemed to agree on one thing. “An undisciplined child is a handicapped […]

Cowboys aren’t afraid of honesty

My father left his parents’ Texas home at age 14 with thirty-six cents in his pocket. He became a cowboy, one of the best in the business, and he never moved back in with his parents and eight siblings. Actually, he never went back for a visit, either, until he was 32 years old. My […]

Education digest —

Clovis high guidance office to have extended hours The Clovis High School guidance office will have extended hours from March 21-24, according to a news release. The office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The extended hours are for parents to be able to go to the guidance office to review pre-registration […]