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Family guides get update from specialist at NMSU

Parents often wish their children came with a manual. At New Mexico State University those manuals exist and an Extension specialist is helping to make sure they are accessible and up-to-date.


Diana Del Campo is a child and family life specialist who is revising publications for the Cooperative Extension Service at NMSU. Recent guides she has updated include "Helping Young Children Cope with Anger," "Creating Strong Families" and "Understanding Teens."

"There is a lot of information out there, but often you don't know whether or not you can trust it to be accurate and unbiased," Del Campo said. "Because we are affiliated with universities, Extension publications are accurate and based on reliable research."

The guides are brief and easily readable. They are meant to encapsulate real-life problems and deliver practical answers. For example, the "Understanding Teens" publication has a question and answer section that addresses inquiries like "How do I teach my teen to be happy with generic brands of clothes?" and "How do you deal with a teen who is rude to adults?"

Del Campo is currently working on updating a publication about the changing roles of grandparents that includes a section about using technology to communicate with young people including following them on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Many of the publications have also been translated into Spanish. According to Del Campo, about 15 more titles will be updated and available online and free of charge through NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences website at http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_f/. Many publications can also be obtained by contacting the local County Extension office.

For more information about family development publications contact Del Campo at ddelcamp@nmsu.edu or 575-646-6031.