The new year: A gift of 365 brand new opportunities

January 11, 2024

By Dennis Lopez A tick of the clock By the time this edition of our magazine hits the street, the greatest of all holidays will be over. I write, of course, about New Year’s Day. It’s a bit awe-inspiring. Think about it…in one solitary tick of the clock, each of the majority of the world’s…

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From babies to preschoolers: Developing good reading habits in children

January 11, 2024

By Cara Johnson-Bader Reading – and a love of reading – begins at home. It is important to incorporate daily reading into your child’s schedule. Whether you read together during breakfast, while waiting for an appointment, when you get home from a program or event, or at bedtime, designate a time every day to read…

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From This Side of the Desk: Parents, help your child succeed in school

January 11, 2024

By Roxanne Drury The beginning of the year is a great time to begin preparing your young child for preschool. As a teacher, I always loved it when a child came to their first day of preschool ready to sit, and ready to learn. There are things parents can do early on to help their…

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Don’t scream! Children can’t hear you when you yell

January 11, 2024

By Sandy McDaniel In my private Parent Coaching sessions of late, almost every parent has expressed their concern about screaming at their children too much. A parent screams at a child out of frustration and fear. The frustration idea is obvious; the fear concept is less obvious. Afraid that the child has more power in…

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Wednesday’s Child

January 11, 2024

Curtis loves football, baseball and math The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Twelve-year-old Curtis is an active boy who will do well with a Forever Family who loves adventures. He is a big Los Angeles Rams football fan and dreams of one day…

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Real Money, Real Families: The financial smoothies of life (and 2024)Real Money, Real Families:

By Luke Erickson It’s 2024! We’re here. We made it. Whew! The year 2023 was quite a year for many of us. It was a year of growth, of introspection, of hard decisions, and what is with all this dang traffic, yo?! Our own personal finances are something we all dealt with last year: 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…