Ryan and Scottie: Baby girl saves father’s life (really)

March 4, 2021

Caption for Ryan & Scottie-Blessed: Ryan had a special photo made of himself and his daughter to show how blessed he has been by her. She taught him to love, and even to live, as he straightened up his life in order to have full custody of his beloved little girl. (Courtesy photo) By Gaye…

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Four tips: Brain-building activities for your baby

March 4, 2021

By Cara Johnson-Bader As a new parent, you want to give your baby the best start in life, and a wonderful way to give your baby the best start is through brain development activities. It might seem like a daunting task, but boosting your baby’s brain does not need to be complicated; in fact, it…

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Real Money, Real Families: Should kids buy whatever they want?

March 4, 2021

By Luke Erickson When my kids earn money we divide it into three categories for saving, sharing, and spending. With their spending money we usually try to give them some guidance along the way, while still allowing them to make their own decisions. After all, learning from their own spending mistakes while they’re young can…

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Balancing act: Dealing with family, career – and anxiety

March 4, 2021

By Stan Popovich It can be difficult for adults to have to take care of their families and manage their careers at the same time. This can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for many people. As a result, here are six tips on how to take care of your family and your career…

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Teenage revolt: Son refuses to clown at mom’s carnival

March 4, 2021

By Dennis Lopez Conflict is normal. So, too, is conflict between parents and children. And employees and their bosses. But when your boss also is your mother, conflict is seen as rebellion, a revolution – the proletariat versus the bourgeoisie. For most kids, a summer job means flipping burgers, working at the local market or…

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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: 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…