Moms Gear: Make quick and healthy fruit popsicles for you and the kids

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Provided by Zoku The Zoku Quick Pop Maker allows users to freeze treats of their own making in just seven minutes. It is available for $49.95 from www.zokuhome.com. Maggie O’Neill Being able to freeze a popsicle to readiness in seven minutes should appeal to any mom, but especially those wanting to provide a fruit-based treat […]

Savings savvy: Three ways to teach your kids about money

Paula Sirois This morning I implemented a new program with my kids: He or she who yells, pushes or screams has to put $1 into a jar on the shelf. At the end of the week, whoever hasn’t broken the rules gets all the cash. By this afternoon, I had already deposited $5, my son […]

Expositions evolved into amusement parks

“The amusement park lies cold and stark, kids are huddled on the beach in the mist, “I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the streets tonight in an everlasting kiss.”- Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen.

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 […]

McGee: Trip to dentist worth pain

Word has made its way through the family grapevine that one of the kids needs to go to the dentist but won’t because of that fear of pain thing. The kids are in their 20’s and 30’s now and they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, I just wish I could transmit cosmic thoughts how […]

Students chase dinosaur clues at Kids College

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The dinosaurs class learned how to uncover fossils Wednesday at CCC. Liliana Castillo Gourds made to look like dinosaur eggs, traced dinosaur footprints, bones and a paper mache pterosaur in a tree were a few of the clues students in a Kids College class pieced together Monday and Tuesday to […]

Hello, we’re awesome: Kids who feel good about themselves make parents feel the same way

Paula Sirois My 8-year-old daughter and her friends started a band called Hello, We’re Awesome. I helped her design some fliers for their first performance, complete with star borders and stage names: Milk Chocolate, Mandarin Oranges, Laughing Twizzle and Tropical Starburst. Granted, they haven’t decided on the type of music they’ll play or if any […]

Thursday morning briefing: Team photos, Juneteenth and the first roller coaster

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Cops and Kids photo Clovis Police Community Relations Officer Daron Roach says free team photos are nowavailable for participants in this year’s Cops and Kids games at The Rock. You can pick one up at the Clovis Police Department or by contacting Roach. Info: […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Kids and Cops basketball tournament Saturday

CNJ staff Local law enforcement is hosting a basketball tournament Saturday, giving local youth an opportunity to compete against officers. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., at The Rock — Clovis High School gymnasium — children 6 to 13 can play a 10 minute game of basketball against local officers. There will be five 20-person teams formed […]

Education column: Education opportunities available during summer

Unbelievably, another school year is gone and kids are out for the summer. Suddenly without a structured environment, it takes us a moment or two to get our balance for the summer months. Working parents juggle schedules, and older kids are looking for summer jobs. As educators, there is always concern over the summer about […]

Friday morning briefing: Take a walk, Cops & Kids and the last train in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Get in step Feeling like you need a little exercise? There is Open Walking from 10 a.m. until noon today at the Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Cops & Kids Registration is under way for a Cops & Kids basketball tournament featuring…well…cops and kids. […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Mother of Confusion: Two great apps for preschoolers

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MCT Your child can become part of the story in the Disney Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book app for iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone. The app is available for $3.99 from the iTunes App Store. Genevieve Hinson Awesome, a PBS preschooler app for the Droid! For those geeky smartphone users with kids, PBS has launched […]

Friday morning briefing: Bowling for kids, music and April Fool

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bowling for kids The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico are looking for participants in its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser. It’s May 14 at the

Parents, students may have conflicting tax filings

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Community College business and administration instructor Jan Bradburn, right, helps CCC second-year student Tiffany Wylie of Clovis prepare her income tax forms. In her first year of preparing taxes, Bradburn said “the service is provided by CCC to the community for free.” Sharna Johnson Parents are advised to talk […]

Thursday morning briefing: Antelope in Clovis and kudos for kids

Good Morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Fast facts As late as 1909, antelope near Clovis were numerous enough to cause farmers to complain of crop destruction and protest violently against a $50 fine for killing one. Washington window A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is scheduled to hold […]

Education column: Internet hosts holiday-themed educational opportunities

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools With kids out of school for the holidays, homes are most likely a bit more lively than usual. In case you’re looking for some educational support that’s fun and holiday-oriented, here are some Internet some to try for diversion: • http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/index.shtml — over 150 free homemade Christmas craft projects, with […]

In search of ponies: Natural solution found for mouse problem

Sharna Johnson At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I would catch small flickers of motion in my peripheral vision but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. And my ears started picking up on little pockets of noise, light and easy to tune out, like branches rubbing against […]