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 […]

Are parents chilling out more at kids’ sporting events?

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By Jeremy Olson A national survey of youth soccer officials finds the majority of parents are behaving as well or better at their kids’ matches than they did two years ago. While the survey by Korrio is promotional in nature —

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Melissa Rycroft talks about life with a newborn

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By Jenny Schafer Reality TV starlet Melissa Rycroft is reveling in new motherhood. The gorgeous “Bachelor” alum and her “amazing” hubby Tye Strickland welcomed their first child, Ava Grace, on Feb. 16. The 28-year-old first-time mom — who is teaming up with Huggies and the Every Little Bottom campaign —

Apps: The Kick to Pick app names your baby

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McClatchy-Tribune As a parents, you know that an iPhone can be a great distraction for a grumpy child on a long trip, a handy way to keep in touch with your family, and now, it can also take care of your very first parenting decision _ what to name your child. The iPhone app Kick […]

Mom’s gear: Babba Cover

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By Colleen Diskin PRODUCT: Babba Cover “Airy” car seat sun-blocking cover MANUFACTURER: Babba Cover HOW MUCH: $50 WHAT: Chemical-filled sunscreens aren’t recommended for infants, so many parents resort to using ill-fitting blankets as a sunblock over strollers and car seats. This cotton cover is lined with a fabric that has an SPF/UV-blocking rating of 40 […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]

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 […]

Portales hosting downtown car show

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Portales residents can take a drive down memory lane Friday, courtesy of the Portales MainStreet Program and local car collectors. MainStreet Director Sandy Van Der Veen said the community’s first National Collector Car Appreciation Day car show is set to feature at least 16 classic cars, plus food vendors and car-related information booths. She is […]

Nazareth German Festival set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico With food, music and fun, Saturday marks the 39th annual Nazareth German Festival in Nazareth, Texas. The day-long festival begins at 9 a.m., all times Central, in the community of Nazareth, with a tour of the Playa Lake Classroom. Activities, including an arts and crafts show, history exhibit, fiddle contest, children’s games […]

Thursday morning briefing: Change of command and one big dam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Big change Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. Friday morning at the base. Website of the day A schedule and […]