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"Family Times" Parenting Supplement To Run in Newspapers Statewide

LAS CRUCES -"Family Times," a bilingual parenting supplement from New Mexico State University, will offer helpful information for readers of 35 New Mexico newspapers the week of Jan. 26.



Greg Daviet praises his daughter, Liz, by telling a power story at bedtime about her positive behavior that day. Power stories are one of the suggested activities in "Family Times," a parenting newsletter from New Mexico State University, which will be inserted in 35 newspapers statewide the week of Jan. 26. The first issue focuses on the power of praise in parenting. (01/16/2004) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

About 370,000 copies of the first issue, which focuses on the power of praise, will be inserted in newspapers from Farmington to Lordsburg and Clayton to Carlsbad.

"Family Times" is part of a parenting education project funded by a grant from the state Health and Human Services department, said Ann Vail, head of NMSU's extension home economics and family and consumer sciences departments.

"Our goal is to reach out to parents with practical, research-based information they can use with their families," she said. "We want to support parents because they're on the front lines in preventing societal problems such as substance abuse, teen pregnancy and juvenile delinquency."

"Family Times" was written with many family types in mind, including single parents, couples, teen parents, those expecting a first child and parents with children ready to move out on their own.

"We realize that in the real world, a lot of people don't have time for a parenting class, but they still want good, science-based information that's easy to read," said Esther Devall, an NMSU associate professor of family and child science. "In addition to information on praising children, we've included information on nurturing yourself and your relationship as a couple. Parenting plus is what I'd call it."

In the first issue, parents can learn how to use two types of praise with their children and how to reward behavior they want repeated. Activities include "power stories" for bedtime and a simple recipe to make with kids.

Other features include a Couples' Corner, information on praising yourself in a resume and a resource list of recommended parenting books and World Wide Web sites.

"Family Times" will be printed several times this year, with the next issue planned in the spring.

Additional copies will be available at NMSU's county Cooperative Extension Service offices and other agency offices throughout the state. For more information about parenting programs, contact the nearest county Extension office or NMSU's Family Strengthening Initiative at (505) 646-3434.