Child Sense: Smoothing out the highs and lows of back-to-school time

Priscilla J. Dunstan Back to school – a time both loved and dreaded by children and parents alike. Being back at school will bring out the extremes in your children. Tactile children will need more physical contact and cuddles, visual children will be more particular about how things look, auditory children will chatter more, and […]

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 […]

Marcelle and Ruby Go Shopping: A mother and daughter buy back-to-school duds that aren’t duds at all

Tricia Romano If there’s one thing about the new school year that kids love and parents don’t, it’s shopping for clothes. As children get into their tweens and teens, fashion and trends play a bigger part in their lives. But single mom Marcelle Karp, of New York City, satisfies her child’s sense of style without […]

Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

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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 to remember 9/11. Don Brown’s book “America is Under Attack” might be one way to help a child understand why this day is so sad for […]

Free downloadable e-cookbooks will help you get dinner on the table

Doreen Christensen How’d that first day back at school go? If you’re like me, you had a bit o’ trouble getting dinner on the table at a reasonable hour. Now that those lazy summer days are over, you might be looking for a few fast shortcuts to make week-night dinners come together in a snap. […]

Turn your summer memories into permanent decorations

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Summer is over, but you have memories with your kids that you want to hang onto forever. Use these three ideas to turn your souvenirs into keepsakes. Slide Sleeve Treasure Holder This playful version of a shadow box can be tacked up just about anywhere or hung like a mobile to let […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Tia Mowry Hardrict says twin Tamera has ‘a special relationship with Cree’

Jenny Schafer Tia Mowry Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley became overnight teen sensations for their hit comedy series “Sister, Sister.” Twelve years after successfully escaping the “child star curse,” the identical twins are ready to show us just how different they really are as they embark on two of the biggest journeys of their lives. The […]

Survey finds moms still face stigma and difficulties breastfeeding

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McClatchy-Tribune Experts agree that breastfeeding is one of the best things that a mother can do for her child, but it’s not always as easy as it would seem. Many new moms face difficulties breastfeeding, and a new survey by the websites TheBump.com and Breastfeeding.com show misinformation and ignorant attitudes still exist. Polling more than […]

Mom creates maternity line for fashion-forward women

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Jan Norman Ladera Ranch, Calif., mom Julia Christensen gained 83 pounds when she was pregnant with her son Bradford. Nothing in the stores looked attractive or fit with style for this self-described fashionista. “Clothes either cost $400 for a one-time wearing or weren’t made nicely,” she says. Sound familiar? It sure seemed to Christensen that […]

ENMU men’s soccer team expects challenges

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Fourth-year Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Harold Munoz thinks he has his best team this season. The problem is that the other squads in the four-team Lone Star Conference have history on their side. ENMU, picked fourth in the conference, opens its season Thursday with a non-league contest at University of the Southwest […]