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Mini Joys: Laurie Bell’s heartwarming little horses

January 3, 2020

By Gaye Bunderson Laurie Bell always had a heart for horses. Even though she was raised in the Bench area of Boise and not on a farm, she wanted to own a horse and learn to ride it. The desire started early in her life. “As soon as I was saying Mommy and Daddy, I…

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Real Money, Real Families: A safe place for kids to fail financially

January 3, 2020

By Luke Erickson It’s a new year! Here’s another article about setting and reaching your new year’s goals and resolutions! Just kidding, it’s totally not. In fact, it’s very much the opposite. I’m here to tell you that you should instead focus on failure. Yes, really. For starters, a typical parent will experience feelings of…

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Don’t compare: Each child is special and individual

January 3, 2020

By Sarah Lyons As a mother of six children, I have found myself comparing one child to another many times. Even though I know their physical, emotional, and intellectual development will progress at a rate that is unique to each child and each will have their own strengths and weaknesses, when you are in the…

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The Outdoorsman: Holidays in Alaska’s backcountry

January 3, 2020

By Chuck Carpenter Living in Alaska during the sixties was a lot of fun for my two brothers and me. We lived out of town a few miles, and the road to the house would be snowed in quite often. Lots of snow and wind would drift the road in so we would leave the…

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A different family: Homeless or hopeless in Boise, Idaho?

January 3, 2020

By Dennis Lopez It’s a crisp late fall Saturday afternoon in Boise’s Anne Morrison Park. Dozens of people play with dogs of all sizes; even more people take advantage of the warmish afternoon to play Frisbee or simply enjoy the sunshine. A caravan of high dollar SUVs cruises the parking lots looking for a parking…

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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: 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…

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