Model caring behavior
Are your kids empathetic human beings?

November 11, 2022

By Sandy McDaniel Along with all the other effects of Covid-19 disconnection seems to be a lack of empathy among children. Having worked with youth for over 60 years, I am certain that a youngster’s primary instinct is to notice and care about what other people are feeling. What has changed? Obvious answers include the…

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When it’s time
Tried-and-true potty training tips

November 7, 2022

By Cara Johnson-Bader The parenting journey is full of questions, firsts, and sometimes frustrations. Using the potty-training tips below can assist you in avoiding some common frustrations.As you read the potty-training tips, keep in mind some children are ready to potty train between the ages of 18 and 24 months; however, every child is different,…

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Toys & objects
Using playtime to teach new skills

November 7, 2022

Article written and submitted by Kyo Structuring playtime with toys and objectsLetting your child initiate and direct play helps them to connect with you and other family members. To get started, watch your child as they approach a shelf or other area that has several toys. Which toy or other object do they reach for?…

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Hope for the holidays
Handling the myriad of seasonal feelings

November 7, 2022

By Macaile Hutt The holiday season is upon us, as many radio stations, store aisles, and advertisements will endlessly remind you as you do your best to navigate your week. While this time of year can be a really positive and uplifting time for some, it can also be a time filled with heaviness, grief,…

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Down Syndrome Month Sadie, age 4, helping to raise awareness

September 6, 2022

Caption for Just Sadie: Sadie, 4, is helping her family and others realize the value and beauty of a child with Down syndrome. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. (Photo by Arrowleaf Photography) By Gaye Bunderson When asked what she’d say to a mother who just gave birth, Steffanie Larriba replied, “I would say, ‘Congratulations’.”…

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Groundbreaking GoGo SqueeZ plant in Nampa, Idaho

Materne North America, a Bel Group Company, Celebrates Expansion and Ceremonial Groundbreaking of Nampa, Idaho PlantGoGo squeeZ® commemorates ongoing renovations for the updated plant on November 3rd The Bel Group is excited to announce the ceremonial groundbreaking for its expanded GoGo squeeZ® plant in Nampa, Idaho, which will be officially opening its doors in the…




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 20 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.

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…