Finding Normal: Abnormal times require new strategies

September 1, 2021

By Macaile Hutt As a pediatric occupational therapist, I help children find success and independence in any of their “occupations” – the things they do every day. Occupations could be as simple as bathing, using the bathroom, feeding ourselves, or dressing ourselves. They can also be more complex, such as the way we interact with…

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Wicked ideas: Fun neighborhood Halloween contests

September 1, 2021

By Kimberly Blaker Are you looking for some fun new ways to celebrate Halloween with your kids this year? How about a neighborhood contest? Costume contests are just one of the many options to get everyone in the spirit. So read on to see if one of these wicked ideas grabs you. Craziest costume –…

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Teething & other trials: What to do when your little one bites

September 1, 2021

By Cara Johnson-Bader Children biting is both the most common – and the most difficult – aspect of child development, especially with infants and toddlers. When biting incidents occur, it is often scary, frustrating, and stressful for children and their family. Biting is a stage some children go through and is a behavior of a…

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Real Money, Real Families: Good health includes financial health, too

September 1, 2021

By Luke Erickson Health has received a lot of attention over the past year and half, what with the ‘Rona after us and all. Being healthy is pretty much required for a happy life – ask anyone who lacks health and you’ll see that pretty clearly. Heck, forget happiness. If you’re at the very bottom…

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Monster Jam

October 20, 2021

MONSTER JAM® MARKS FIRST RETURN EVENTS TO IDAHO  AFTER MORE THAN YEAR & HALF HIATUS WITH ACTION-PACKED WEEKEND OF FAMILY FUN AT FORD IDAHO CENTER IN NAMPA ON OCTOBER 22 & 23 Enhanced Health and Safety Measures Implemented for Fan Wellness **Tickets Now Available for Purchase!!** Nampa, ID – This. Is. MONSTER JAM®!  It’s time…

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Swimming lessons: Four siblings learn to swim like (gold)fish

By Gaye Bunderson When asked if her kids wanted to take swim lessons, mom Hilary Baird replied, “They wanted to learn to swim, but they’ve always been afraid of the water.” That’s all changing now that the kids take swimming lessons together at Goldfish Swim School in Boise. The foursome of siblings go to class…




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: Kahli wants to be in a faith-filled family

September 1, 2021

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Kahli, 13, is a quirky teen with an adventurous spirit. This brave girl recently let us tag along on a trip to a local salon, where she chose to cut off all her long hair for a…

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…