Readers’ tips for handling Disneyland

Niesha Lofing The best spot to watch a parade, when to arrive at the park, how to save money on food without skipping meals. These are just a few of the topics that Bee readers weighed in on when I asked for cost- and sanity-saving tips regarding Disneyland travel. As many families (mine included) head […]

The stars shine bright in Bardstown, Ky.: Take the whole family on a great getaway to see Thomas the Tank Engine and more

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Kathy Witt This summer, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt will join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion – and Toto, too – in Bardstown, Ky., a small town known far and wide as “The Bourbon Capital of the World” owing to its preeminent spot on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Liquid gold […]

Memorial Day on a budget: Affordable family fun

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Andrea Pyros Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and it’s increasingly become an occasion for families to spend time together. But with the economy still not fully back on its feet and gas prices climbing past the $4-a-gallon mark, the name of the game is affordable fun. We’ve come up with 10 traditional […]

Safety first as kids join the bicycle commute at a young age


Niesha Lofing Raleigh White, 2, is an entertaining front-seat driver. Snuggled in the Bobike safety seat atop the front of her mom’s bicycle, she points out other cyclists to Mina White as they pass by, providing a running commentary during the five-mile trek from their Tahoe Park, Calif., home to downtown Sacramento. From her vantage […]

Beg, budget or steal: Three ways to deal with the end-of-school blues

Paula Sirois Like dental appointments and the DMV, the end of the school year is just another thing I tend to deny (for as long as possible). But school ends whether I like it or not, and whether I’m prepared for it or not. This year I vowed to be prepared _ to be that […]

Modern hero names: Monroe is just the beginning

I was sitting here last week, making a list of what I was thinking of as Modern Hero Names – you know, like Palin and Winslet – when the news came in about the names Mariah Carey had chosen for her newborn twins. She’d given her daughter the Old Man Name of Monroe, she said, […]

Teaching children love for reading


Parenting is a difficult job. Parents are expected to raise their children, discipline them, clothe and feed them, provide for them and care for them. And parents are expected to teach them rules, courtesy, manners and proper behavior. Further, parents are expected to assist in the educational process and get them ready for school and […]

Mother, daughter debate ear piercing


Topic: What is the appropriate age for girls to have their ears pierced? Mom The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends postponing ear piercing until a child is old enough to care for the pierced site herself. The reasons given are risk factors including infection, choking hazard, allergic reactions and embedded earrings. While these risks are […]

Parents agree discipline important to raising children


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 child,” Jeanette Fister, a retired mother of two boys said. However, the boundaries and methods for disciplining children are not set in stone and […]

You parent as you were raised

As we start this series of parenting articles I’m reminded of a speaker I heard many years ago as he spoke on parenting. He said when he had graduated college and just got married he wrote a book titled “The Ten Commandments of Parenting.” Then he had a child. He wrote another book titled “The […]

Children give touching Mother’s Day presents

When Ryan Tierney was 11, he was a boy with a plan: To present Mom with a homemade book about their life together for Mother’s Day. He sneaked a blank notebook from the family’s closet, and every night after Robin Tierney went to sleep, Ryan worked on it. He looked through old photo albums and […]

Dirty Laundry: Teaching your child to spot friends among ‘frenemies’

It was hard to hear Cameron’s quiet voice in the hotel conference room filled with young girls. She had raised her hand to ask a question to Annie Fox, who was giving a presentation about “Real Friends and the Other Kind.” “What about a friend who acts like a friend half the time, and the […]

Heading Home: The art and science of diapering

The following is an excerpt from “Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality” (Second Edition): At an average of 25 cents per diaper for brand-name disposables and about 3,000 diapers, you can expect to spend around $750 during your first year of diapering _ and that’s not even factoring in wipes, diaper creams, […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Padma Lakshmi says ‘Motherhood is a very humbling experience’


It’s been one year since celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi welcomed her first child, daughter Krishna. Known for her ability to create flavorful dishes, the Top Chef judge is partnering with Frito-Lay and their campaign to create all-natural snack foods. The gorgeous single mom opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood, her […]

Mother of Confusion: Celebrate National Train Day with live events, shows, crafts and more

All aboard, it’s almost time to celebrate National Train Day on May 7. If you haven’t heard of it before, that’s because it’s fairly new. Amtrak started the holiday in 2008 to bring attention to the advantages of traveling by rail and the history of trains. The event is held each year on the Saturday […]

7-5 Births

Everhart Hunter Levi Everhart was born June 11, 2009, to Kristofer and Alisha Everhart of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He weighed 7 pounds 0.3 ounces. He has 1 brother, Sterling Everhart, 4 years old. Grandparents Keith and Sheila Riden of Clovis and the late Robert Pacheco Jr., and Darlene Pacheco of […]

7-5 Floyd News

Wednesday • 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Junior high cheer practice. Thursday • 6 p.m. Seniors meet every Thursday night at the Senior Citizens center for fun and games. Pot Luck dinner begins at 6 p.m., and games at 7 p.m. Friday • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Varsity cheer practice. Upcoming • July 12-17 National […]

7-5 On the Shelves

This week at the Library: • Monday, July 6. The second session of the Portales Puppeteers will begin at 10:30 am. This is a registration-only program. • Tuesday, July 7, 10:30 am. Art Masters (recommended for grades 2-6): This week we’ll learn about the art form of collage, see how it is used in a […]

March 15, 2009 On the shelves

“Life Sentences” by Laura Lippman — By baring her life on the page, author Cassandra Fallows has achieved remarkable success. However, after an unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes the she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction. As a girl, Cassandra grew up in a racially diverse, middle-class […]

March 15, 2009 Portales junior high news

Track Season Opens The work students have been doing to get ready for track and field events should pay off Thursday when they face their first competition in Texico. Coaches have had their team members practicing various events, and students report that each event works different muscles. Family Learning Event Teachers welcome students and their […]