Religion feature: Church partners with charity

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Wayne Boydstun, Operation Christmas Child relay center coordinator at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis, prepares for OCC 2011 by packing a shoebox with items to be sent to children in disadvantaged countries. Benna Sayyed This Christmas an impoverished child living in a third-world country will open a gift that came […]

Day trip: Santa Fe Children’s Museum

Gabriel Monte Place: Santa Fe Children’s Museum Location: 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe What activities can you enjoy at this location: The Children’s Museum provides an educational setting where all types of informal learning occur. What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages Admission prices? New Mexico residents with ID: $6; all […]

Important to reach out in Jesus’ name

When I was teaching, I used my made up idea of The Ethiopia Concept to prompt the students to concentrate on three different questions: Have you been to Ethiopia? Do you know anyone in Ethiopia? Do you know where Ethiopia is? Then most of my students missed out on the first two questions. None had […]

Anniversaries —

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Padilla Alfonso and Rosalia Padilla of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 30 in Albuquerque with their children. The couple was married September 23, 1961, in Clovis. Their children and spouses are Sylvia (Nick Jr.) Griego, Alfoso A. (Annette) Padilla and their deceased daughter Raquel Padilla. They have nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. […]

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Hicks Don and Sharon Hicks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 2. [image #2, align=right, size=medium] He is a retired math teacher at Clovis Community College. She has been an active Realtor for 40 years and is at RE/MAX First Place Realtors. They have two children, a son: Todd Hicks, married to Lori, and a […]

Children’s image of adults reflects example set

Kids’ images of us, meaning of us adults, are funny. Those of us who have the privilege of working with them on a regular basis know this. The rest of the world occasionally is surprised by it. Thus, the setting: Ninth-grade algebra class, which in my case only has four students. The subject: Algebra, which […]

Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

Sept. 11, 2011 9/11 children's book

Provided by Roaring Brook Press “America is Under Attack” is by Don Brown, from Roaring Brook Press. It is aimed at children 6-10 and is $16. 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 […]

Moms gear: Help your child keep away from sunburns with swimwear that changes color in the sun

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Provided by Seasons UV LOL swimwear from Seasons UV changes colors and patterns in the sun to make your child aware of when they need to reapply sunscreen. Maggie O’Neill Parents can teach their children to be sun aware – and sunburn aware – with a new line of swimwear offered through Seasons UV called […]

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

“Building Resilience in Children and Teens"

Provided by American Academy of Pediatrics “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” (American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2011) by Kenneth R. Ginsburg. Ginsburg gives advice to parents, caregivers and communities on how to help kids from 18 months to 18 years of age build seven crucial “Cs”: competence, confidence, connection, […]

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 […]

Anniversaries —

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Hill Mark and Dee Hill of Clovis will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary 2 p.m. Saturday at 2129 Jonquil Park Drive, Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their children Clint and Kelsey Hill; Dan and Kari Hill; and Matt and Callie Whittington. The couple was married on Aug. 29, 1981, at Kingswood United Methodist […]

Children’s choir registration set

CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir has scheduled registration for the fall semester. The choir is open to third- to eighth-graders. The fee is $100 per semester, and the choir meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning Sept. 6. Registration is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 and 5-8 p.m. Aug. […]

Anyone can reflect God’s light

As a child I was involved in Sunbeams at church. Sunbeams were a mission organization for children. We sang about being a Sunbeam for Jesus and bringing light into the world. When my family moved from Kansas City to New Mexico, one lady was saying goodbye to my parents and then she turned to me, […]

Anniversaries — Aug. 14

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Beaver [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Nolan and Betty Beaver of Clovis celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 17. The celebration was hosted by their three daughters and their families: Jeannie Beaver; Kathy and Glen Adair and their children: Cory, Kala, Gage, Easton and Cooper Adair; and Kara, Matt, Jackson, Quinn and Kannon Morris; Jody […]

Anniversaries — Aug. 7

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Wood William (Bill) R .and Ruth Marie Bernhardt Wood of El Dorado, Kan., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 6 in Ruidoso. The celebration was hosted by their children: Julie Wood, Chris Wood and Carol Wood Sandoval, grandchildren: Amanda Wood Pullen, Ryan Wood, Janay Summers, Andrew Sandoval, Patrick Sandoval and Taryn Wood and their great-grandchild: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Child Sense: Creating a keepsake of your summer memories

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer holidays can seem like they go on forever, and when they end, it’s very easy for little kids to forget all the exciting things they did. By creating a memory keepsake, you will be able to help your child remember and also produce a keepsake for years to come. Tactile children […]