Idaho Relatives as Parents: Helping those who are helping family

May 3, 2021

Caption for IRAP Jump Time photo: Tammy Creswell has been looking after her granddaughter, Paisley Turner, since the child was 4 years old. Said Tammy: “We lost her mother (my daughter) 3½ years ago. Paisley is such a treasure and we love her dearly and we had a blast at Jump Time that day.” Jump…

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Helpful Hacks: How to deal with kids’ temper tantrums

May 3, 2021

By Cara Johnson-Bader Why is it always in the middle of a grocery store that your child decides to enter a power struggle with you? All because he wants birthday cake when it is not his birthday, or a candy bar, or a LEGO set, or _________ (fill in what triggers your little one to…

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That big step: Is your child ready to stay home alone?

May 3, 2021

By Sarah Lyons Giving kids the responsibility to stay home alone can be a positive and confidence building experience, a rite of passage. Every parent will reach the point where they are faced with the decision over whether or not their child is ready to stay home alone. How do you know they are ready?…

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Real Money, Real Families: Some thoughts on making career choices

May 3, 2021

By Luke Erickson “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s such a simple question, isn’t it? We ask children this question; and yet, if we’re being honest, many of us so-called adults are still trying to answer this question ourselves. And it’s a loaded question, isn’t it? Many of us know…

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Go Kart Racing: The right sport for Kuna’s Ford family

May 3, 2021

Caption for Number 7: While taking photos at Glenn Morgan Raceway near Star last summer, Dennis Lopez spotted racer Number 7 through his camera lens. Charley Ford, then 10 years old, whizzed around the track in her humble racing outfit, steering her ordinary kart. Eventually, the photographer met her and other members of the Ford…

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Dermatology update: Skin cancer, Mohs Surgery, and tanning beds

Note: According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and women age 49 and under are more likely to develop melanoma than any other cancer except breast and thyroid cancers. Shawna Beechinor, PA-C, a Board-Certified Physician Assistant, sat down with us to talk about skin cancer,…




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: Learning to ‘read sign’ in the wild

March 4, 2021

By Chuck Carpenter Growing up with a dad that had hunted and trapped all of his life, I understand why he wanted my two younger brothers and me to learn how to read sign – how to follow an animal, learn areas they liked to travel, hide out, feed, and sleep. I don’t remember how…

Wednesday’s Child: Joseph, 16, is a funny, talented ‘jokester’

March 4, 2021

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Joseph, 16, is an outgoing young man with a passion for riding anything with wheels, including his bike, electric scooter, longboard or roller blades. When he’s not busy being active, he can be found reading novels by…

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…