Child Sense: When an older sibling is at camp

Priscilla J. Dunstan Parents often underestimate the anxiety and loneliness a younger sibling has when an older sibling goes off to camp. Young children don’t have a concrete understanding of time, and their immaturity makes it hard for them to believe their sibling’s absence is temporary. Keep them busy, do something special, and use this […]

Soapbox derby takes off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Valon Smith of Clovis concentrates on the course ahead as she waiting for her race to begin during Saturday’s Soapbox Derby. This is the third year Smith, 12, has participated in the derby. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After a friendly sibling race, Valon Smith figures it’s going to […]

Sibling rivalry can be funny … eventually

Glenda Price The psychologists call it “sibling rivalry.” I call it brothers and/or sisters hassling, and country kids seem to have abundant aggravation resources. My brother and I, as I recall, argued about most everything, but especially the important stuff like which bait would work best when we were fishing or whose turn it was […]

New Year’s baby arrives early

Nicole and Adrian Chavarria of Tucumcari hold their newborn daughter, Angelina, on Monday at Plains Regional Medical Center. Angelina was the first baby born at PRMC in 2006. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Chavarria family wasn’t expecting a new arrival until later in the new year. But on Sunday, […]