Points of View, What does successful parenting look like?

January 19, 2023

Possible pull-quote: “Starting with the end result, a successful parent is one who produces a reliable, responsible, respectful, resilient, loving human being.” By Gaye Bunderson Here’s a revelation: I was raised by two flawed human beings. And guess what? So were you! Looking back over the course of my life, I’d have to say that…

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Try a reframe, When saying ‘no’ means saying ‘yes’

January 19, 2023

By Macaile Hutt I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about how difficult it is for him to say “no.” He noted that even in the moments he is strong enough to say no, he ends up ruminating over the fact that he might have disappointed someone or should have just said yes in…

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Some handy tips, Ease your child’s transition into childcare

January 19, 2023

By Cara Johnson-Bader The first day of childcare is a big milestone for both you and your child. You may feel excited and nervous, and so may your little one. Preparation is the key to a smooth transition for both of you. Here are a few tips from the teachers at New Horizon Academy to…

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A lack of connection, The effect of media on children

January 19, 2023

By Sandy McDaniel If you want to learn something, you repeat it several times so your brain will store that information. If that is true, what do you think might be the result of a child watching violence repeatedly? Of grave concern to me because a major part of my life is to care about…

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Brisket challenge
This will be easy – except it wasn’t

January 19, 2023

By Dennis Lopez If you are a writer, you know that the foundation for any story is people, place and a problem.If you are someone familiar with the art of smoking meat, no doubt you are familiar with the hundreds of YouTube clips out there to give you limitless advice on how to prepare and…

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Real Money Real Families
Personal finance vs. household finance

By Luke Erickson One time my daughter gave me a can of Pringles for my birthday. She knows that I try to eat healthy but that chips are my kryptonite. I opened the gift, gave her a hug, and then she immediately said, “Dad, can I have some?”There’s a clear lesson here. Six-year-olds are adorable…




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…