Posts by melissa

Park hopping: A summer-long activity

Mary Ann Wilcox Park hopping is one of my family’s favorite summer activities. Most communities have parks, and regardless of whether they are big or small, all have space to play, picnic, and just enjoy your family. I have a bag of staples I always keep in my car at this time of year. It…

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The McDrill: A technique for discipline

By Sandy Spurgeon McDaniel I believe all ideas come from God, so I am not being egotistical when I tell you that I’ve not seen a discipline technique work as well as “my” Minute Drill. Parents are exhausted from telling a child to do the same thing a hundred times, breaking up fights, dealing with…

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Wednesday’s Child Kaden, 16, enjoys classic video games

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Calling all adventurous single parents! After recently proving to himself how brave he is by pushing past his fear and conquering zip-lining for the first time, 16-year-old Kaden is excited to find a parent who wants to…

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Top Picks for Swimming Pools in the Boise Area + Water Safety!

The sad truth about drowning is every kid is at risk even if they can swim. Go over a few of these live-saving tips with your kids to prevent tragedy from striking. Water safety isn’t just about keeping kids safe in a pool. Bathroom water safety is also very important. And things you might not think about…

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Kids’ questions: Asking about differences

By Macaile Hutt I was in the self-checkout area of the grocery store the other day and I found myself between two mothers with daughters around the same age. To my left, one bored little girl, pulling at her mom’s coat and sighing deeply with each item scanned, and, to my right, a nearly identical…

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Do your kids just hear, ‘Wha wah’?

By Daniel Bobinski If you’ve ever seen a Charlie Brown movie, you know that the stories are all about the kids’ perspectives and adults are never seen. If there’s ever a time when one of the Peanuts gang interacts with an adult, all you hear the adult saying is, “Wha wah, wha wha wah wah.”…

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The Outdoorsman: Learning to trap by snaring Mom

Chuck Carpenter I had the best parents any kid could ever have. My dad and mom spent every minute they could with me and my two brothers. Most of the time we were fishing, hunting, camping, trapping and things like that. When my dad was working, my mom was with us most of the time.…

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Idahoan Tackles Foster Care System

By Gaye Bunderson Editor’s note: Cassidy Littleton, 20, formerly of Twin Falls and now attending Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, is working to create real change in the foster care system in the U.S. on both a state and national level. Last year, Cassidy — who was once a foster child herself — met with…

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Top 10 Burgers and Father’s Day Fun!

Big Jud’s 1289 S Protest Rd. Boise, ID 83706 (208) 343-4439 / 3030 E Overland Rd. Ste 100 Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 629-5259 www.bigjuds.com Imagine a nine inch round, four layer cake frosted high. Now you have a comparison as to how gigantic Big Jud’s “Man Vs Food” burger really is. Two ONE POUND patties, 10 pieces…

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Who needs a hug? Proprioception: better than it sounds

By Macaile Hutt Picture this: you’ve had a really stressful day at work (or school or playing referee to fighting children or chauffeur to and from school and soccer practice and piano and — well, you get it). You walk into the front door to see your husband (or wife, or child, or mother, or…

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