Close encounters of the presidential kind

The president of the United States came to New Mexico this past week. He went to Carlsbad though, he didn't stop to visit us here on the High Plains. It's not the first time someone from the White House has been nearby and didn't drop by to see us. In 2004 President Bush came to […]

Mother Nature always repackaging creatures

Traipsing through dense plants while swatting at exotic blood-sucking insects and side-stepping vipers, some guy in a floppy hat stops to flip over a chunk of rotting wood and BINGO! A new species is added to the list. In the daily grind of alarm clock-drive-work-drive-chores-dinner-TV-lights out-alarm clock, it's easy to believe everything is all figured […]

Religion column: God will see you through

Life is not always easy, but I love it. If you never wanted to be hurt you would have to move to a desert island and be a hermit. Think of the loneliness. You would never know the joy and ecstasy of loving someone. You would never know the sacrifice love takes and most of […]

My turn: Breaking out bowling shoes

Wednesday night was a productive girls' night at my house with pizza and wine. Just how a girls' night should be. On Thursday, I got to put some faces with names for some local New Mexico state representatives when I attended the chamber of commerce's quarterly luncheon. I also got to hear some interesting views […]

My turn: Fortunate to have friends

My epic St. Patty's Day weekend didn't look like the movies "Project X" or "The Hangover" but it was fun. I think that was based on the company I keep. Since I've only been living in the area for about three months, I guess you can consider most of my friends new but I already […]

My turn: Spring is revitalizing

My rose garden was really in bad shape. Last year's drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll. So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season … trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: You know there are teenagers in the house when…

Marla Jo Fisher I have a friend whose children are old enough now to strike fear into the hearts of their mother, as she dreads the coming transformation from adorable kid to hulking, hairy creature from the black lagoon. Since my kids are already well into this transition, Barb views our family like a big, […]

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 […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

Building Resilience in Children: Contributing to the family and the community

“Building Resilience in Children and Teens"

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP Contribution isn’t only about good deeds and noble actions. Children also need to know that they can contribute ideas that will be taken seriously and respected. When adults invite children’s suggestions and opinions, especially about matters that concern them, we increase their sense of control, which in turn […]

Child Sense: Preparing your child for the first day of school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Starting school or preschool for the first time will bring changes to your child’s life that will have them feeling a bundle of emotions. No matter how confident they appear, your child is likely to also be feeling a mixture of fear, anxiety, curiosity and excitement. Understanding how your child is likely […]

Herding Squirrels: The future has arrived

Traci Arbios We were sitting on the couch; more to the point, I was sitting, he was in my arms, my newborn son. Little mittens on his hands, tiny hat on his head; he was warm and cuddly and I sat staring, absorbing every detail of his sweet, pink face. His eyebrows were mere wisps. […]

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 […]

Child Sense: Sun protection

Priscilla J. Dunstan Keeping our children free from sunburn can be a quite a task, but there are ways to make the process a little easier. If swimming or at the beach, use sun-protective t-shirts, shorts and rash guards. During the day, clothing should at least cover the shoulders – an area that can get […]

Herding Squirrels: The long dry season

Traci Arbios For those of us in blended-family land, it’s been a long, long summer. I never exactly know how to feel about this particular season. My husband and I are the primary parents to our massive brood of kids; but come summer, visitation schedules change, culling our herd. How would I describe it? By […]

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 […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: When I am named ruler of the Earth …

Marla Jo Fisher I am planning to run for Supreme Ruler of Earth, as soon as I get a spare minute. In case you don’t know, the Supreme Ruler gets to do whatever she wants and make the rules for everyone else. Everyone kisses your backside and laughs at your jokes. Sort of like running […]

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 […]

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 […]