The Horney Village: Stop thinking about your kids so much

January 8, 2021

By Jessie Horney Obviously this is going to seem like an argument in defense of casual parenting, as most of my essays do, because I am quite often a casual parent (or rather, a parent actively trying to avoid the boredom of life as a caregiver); but I promise it’s not just that. It’s a…

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5 sure-fire tips: Make caring for others a family habit

January 8, 2021

By Cara Johnson-Bader Would you like to raise a compassionate child? If so, you are not alone. Fortunately, research tells us that kindness and empathy are qualities your child can learn. Practicing kindness gives children better mental and physical health, builds stronger relationships, and helps develop a higher sense of self-worth. These sure-fire tips will…

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Real Money, Real Families: Piggy banks: childhood dream guardians

January 8, 2021

By Luke Erickson When my son was younger he asked me why I had to leave and go to work. I told him it was because I had to “bring home the bacon.” Months later my wife was driving him and his little friend through town. His friend pointed to a real estate office and…

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The Joshua Institute: A place for kids who learn differently

January 8, 2021

By Gaye Bunderson For some students, learning is easy. For others, it’s challenging but doable with some effort. For others still, learning is a constant struggle, even though some students in that group are far from lacking in mental abilities. Connie Risser, founder of The Joshua Institute, was a student in the latter category. Now…

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Together Again: Brothers’ boyhoods re-emerge on trikes

January 8, 2021

Caption for Dennis & His Brother: The author (right) and his brother enjoy a trike ride sponsored by the Boise Veterans Hospital. Riding trikes has given them the opportunity to spend more time together and get exercise at the same time. (Photo by Kelly Odell of the VA) By Dennis Lopez If you never have…

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Microbe Formulas: 6 of 7 family members involved in business

Caption for The Riley Family in Warehouse: The Riley family stands in the Meridian warehouse of Microbe Formulas. They include, from left, Davis Riley, Dallan Riley, Ryan Riley (CEO/owner), Christina Riley, Hattie Riley and Conor Riley. (Photo by Jed Davis) By Mackenzie Hendricks It all started in one family’s backyard in Meridian, Idaho, and has…




J.J. Plew is an Idaho born and raised. J.J. and his wife, along with their 4 kids have lived in the Treasure Valley for the past 15 years. J.J. has stayed actively involved in his kids’ activities as a coach, umpire, and volunteer. He enjoys music, dance, sports, and anything fun which helps keep him a kid at heart. J.J.’s desire for Idaho Family Magazine is to be a parenting magazine for the Treasure Valley area, with tips and children’s activities, while also providing a positive and enjoyable magazine for readers. Feel free to reach out to J.J., he would love to hear from you.

The Outdoorsman: Catching a bear is the ‘easy’ part

October 11, 2020

By Chuck Carpenter In the late 1950s my dad worked for the government, helping livestock producers with predator problems. We lived at a little place called Wolf Creek, Montana. Early one morning he received a phone call that a black bear had killed a lamb on a small ranch not too far from where we…

Editor’s Intro: The absolute fun of a good scare

October 1, 2019

I crouched under the theater seats, waiting for the zombies to pass by. Live zombies, mind you, not zombies on the movie screen. I was scared; I didn’t want those awful-looking things to see me. My younger sister sat calmly in her seat, looking down on me with bemusement. But never mind that. I didn’t…

Meet Our New Associate Publisher Adrianne!

March 21, 2019

Hello Boise Area! My name is Adrianne Goff, I am the new Associate Publisher for Idaho Family Magazine family. I am very excited to be a part of this creative team! I have worked in the publishing and print manufacturing industries for over 17 years. My expertise spans from print production to project/product development. I am fortunate to…