The Outdoorsman: That mean ole man just up the road

July 6, 2021 |

By Chuck Carpenter In 1965 my family loaded up everything we owned and moved from Alaska back to Western Montana. We spent a few days with my grandparents in Hamilton, Montana and then rented a house south of Conner, Montana along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River.With lots of great fishing and hunting right…

Music’s Power: Songs and sounds — benefits for babies

July 6, 2021 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader Whether it is singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or playing music and swaying back and forth, engaging in musical activities with your baby helps brain development. Recent research shows that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and strengthens cognitive and sensory development.Language development – Learning to classify sounds…

Needed now: 5 coping tips for parents and kids

July 6, 2021 |

By Sandy McDaniel Live in today. Don’t re-live yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. We only have today that we can live in. What can we do with today? Ask how the other person (child or adult) feels deep down inside. And be quiet when any words are spoken. Listen! Pain is stored in layers, so…

COVID-19 end nears in U.S.: Author not quite ready to ditch the mask

July 6, 2021 |

Pull quote: With the war on COVID-19 seemingly winding down for many Idaho families, I still may not be able to take my mask off and stop incessantly drenching my hands in hand sanitizer for a few more years. By Dennis Lopez I am a 21st century Hiroo Onoda.For those of you who don’t know…

Real Money, Real Families: The 7 main elements of ‘the good life’

July 6, 2021 |

By Luke Erickson “You can never have enough of what you don’t need.”I heard this quote recently, and it’s very true when it comes to managing our finances. How much is really enough? Do you have a number for yourself? The truth is that the vast majority of us think to ourselves, “If I just…

Shawn White: Helping foster kids through 2 programs

July 6, 2021 |

By Gaye Bunderson Shawn White helps children every day. After holding what she refers to as “a lotta jobs” over the years, she now receives fulfillment in helping kids in foster care find their Forever Family.Shawn serves as the Recruitment Services Administrator for both Wednesday’s Child and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids programs. It’s a job she…

The Horney Village: Is it time we live in our own neighborhoods?

July 6, 2021 |

By Jessie Horney Boy, am I sick of talking about the real estate market. I can’t even remember what people used to say at dinner parties before we started conversations with “Guess what my neighbors just sold their house for?” The valley is changing, from our tax-assessment values to the number of craft breweries in…

Wednesday’s Child: Raymond, 13, likes pancakes and pizza

July 6, 2021 |

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Raymond, 13, is a spirited boy who describes himself as kind, smart and good in school. He enjoys reading, playing basketball, drawing and painting. He loves country music and to be outside with his friends, playing games…

Helpful Hacks: How to deal with kids’ temper tantrums

May 3, 2021 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader Why is it always in the middle of a grocery store that your child decides to enter a power struggle with you? All because he wants birthday cake when it is not his birthday, or a candy bar, or a LEGO set, or _________ (fill in what triggers your little one to…

Go Kart Racing: The right sport for Kuna’s Ford family

May 3, 2021 |

Caption for Number 7: While taking photos at Glenn Morgan Raceway near Star last summer, Dennis Lopez spotted racer Number 7 through his camera lens. Charley Ford, then 10 years old, whizzed around the track in her humble racing outfit, steering her ordinary kart. Eventually, the photographer met her and other members of the Ford…