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Boise Angels: Non-profit helps foster kids, families

June 3, 2020

By Gaye Bunderson Angels aren’t just heavenly beings. Sometimes they’re regular folks dressed in clean jeans, wearing smiles, carrying boxes, and filled with helpful hearts. That’s the case with the members of Boise Angels — they’re everyday people who walk alongside foster care families and children and help them navigate the waters of foster parenting…

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Home activities: Creating sensory tools can be simple

June 3, 2020

By Macaile Hutt In our day and age, we are surrounded by so much information at any given moment that it can be overwhelming. Parents are told to do this but not that, always do one thing but never another, and mom and dad shaming is a real thing that has inundated social media. I…

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Reading tips: Start early to teach kids literacy skills

June 3, 2020

By Cara Johnson-Bader Research tells us it is never too early to start reading to children. From the day they are born, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop language skills and pre-literacy skills every day that help them become readers. Children need between 10,000-12,000 words in their vocabulary to be ready for kindergarten, and reading is…

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A young guy’s game: Why I officially hate going camping

June 3, 2020

By Dennis Lopez I hate my brother, Terry, and I’ll tell you why: we went camping. See, I used to camp. When I was a kid, we lived in northern Idaho in the mining community of Mullan. It was a simpler time in America when it didn’t seem too outrageous for my mom to allow…

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‘We are not afraid’ The teddy bear project of COVID-19

June 3, 2020

By Photographer Bren Slade It began with one photographer asking, “How will the children be represented in this crisis?” During any calamity, local or worldwide, people do their jobs. The worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 is no exception. From healthcare workers to policemen, the work carries on. And photographers? Their job is to document it. An…

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

GoGo Squeez Supports Idaho’s Local Community

Now more than ever, the community needs our support and GoGo squeeZ loves to be able to share healthy snacks at events and programs around the Treasure Valley. But when quarantine requirements canceled almost everything starting March, leaving doctors and nurses working nonstop for days and millions of families unable to feed their family, the…

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MEET THE PUBLISHER

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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.

Wednesday’s Child: Kaden, 12, a master at yo-yo tricks

June 3, 2020

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Meet 12-year-old Kaden D., a sweet jokester who one day hopes to become a marine biologist, a mechanic or an architect. Kaden is amazing at building things. He loves to build with wood, Legos or anything else…

Wednesday’s Child Brenton, age 14, hopes to be a missionary

March 4, 2020

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Are you a huge soccer fan? If the answer is a resounding “yes,” then Brenton may be just the right match for your family. Though thoughts of soccer occupy much of his time, Brenton has a long…

Wednesday’s Child: Raymond, 11, keeps others laughing

January 3, 2020

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Raymond, 11, enjoys reading, playing basketball, drawing and painting. He loves country music and to be outside with his friends, playing games like Freeze Tag and Capture the Flag. This spirited boy describes himself as kind, smart…

Wednesday’s Child Jordan a well rounded 14-year-old

December 5, 2019

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Jordan, 14, is the very definition of the word resilient. A talented young man who isn’t afraid to just be himself, Jordan has an outgoing and respectful personality that makes it easy to get to know him….

Wednesday’s Child: Teen not a relationship scorekeeper

November 2, 2019

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Fourteen-year-old Austin is one amazing young man. Austin’s permanency team is searching for a caring and very committed single dad or two-parent family of any age to make Austin’s wish for a Forever Home come true. Austin…

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…

Wednesday’s Child: 2 boys + 1 girl = 3 super siblings

August 2, 2019

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Raymond (11), Kaylee (9), and Duke (5) are three amazing young siblings who can’t wait to find just the right Forever Family. Raymond, the oldest of the siblings, is very bonded with and protective of his younger…

Wednesday’s Child Kaden, 16, enjoys classic video games

July 1, 2019

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Calling all adventurous single parents! After recently proving to himself how brave he is by pushing past his fear and conquering zip-lining for the first time, 16-year-old Kaden is excited to find a parent who wants to…

Wednesday’s Child

June 3, 2019

Nathaniel, 14, wants to be a policeman The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Nathaniel, 14, is a friendly, kind and engaging young man with a great sense of humor. He says that sometimes people call him “Nathan” but that he prefers his full…

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…