The Outdoorsman: Learning to ‘read sign’ in the wild

March 4, 2021 |

By Chuck Carpenter Growing up with a dad that had hunted and trapped all of his life, I understand why he wanted my two younger brothers and me to learn how to read sign – how to follow an animal, learn areas they liked to travel, hide out, feed, and sleep. I don’t remember how…

Wednesday’s Child: Joseph, 16, is a funny, talented ‘jokester’

March 4, 2021 |

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Joseph, 16, is an outgoing young man with a passion for riding anything with wheels, including his bike, electric scooter, longboard or roller blades. When he’s not busy being active, he can be found reading novels by…

Four tips: Brain-building activities for your baby

March 4, 2021 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader As a new parent, you want to give your baby the best start in life, and a wonderful way to give your baby the best start is through brain development activities. It might seem like a daunting task, but boosting your baby’s brain does not need to be complicated; in fact, it…

Real Money, Real Families: Should kids buy whatever they want?

March 4, 2021 |

By Luke Erickson When my kids earn money we divide it into three categories for saving, sharing, and spending. With their spending money we usually try to give them some guidance along the way, while still allowing them to make their own decisions. After all, learning from their own spending mistakes while they’re young can…

Balancing act: Dealing with family, career – and anxiety

March 4, 2021 |

By Stan Popovich It can be difficult for adults to have to take care of their families and manage their careers at the same time. This can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for many people. As a result, here are six tips on how to take care of your family and your career…

Teenage revolt: Son refuses to clown at mom’s carnival

March 4, 2021 |

By Dennis Lopez Conflict is normal. So, too, is conflict between parents and children. And employees and their bosses. But when your boss also is your mother, conflict is seen as rebellion, a revolution – the proletariat versus the bourgeoisie. For most kids, a summer job means flipping burgers, working at the local market or…

Ryan and Scottie: Baby girl saves father’s life (really)

March 4, 2021 |

Caption for Ryan & Scottie-Blessed: Ryan had a special photo made of himself and his daughter to show how blessed he has been by her. She taught him to love, and even to live, as he straightened up his life in order to have full custody of his beloved little girl. (Courtesy photo) By Gaye…

The Horney Village: Stop thinking about your kids so much

January 8, 2021 |

By Jessie Horney Obviously this is going to seem like an argument in defense of casual parenting, as most of my essays do, because I am quite often a casual parent (or rather, a parent actively trying to avoid the boredom of life as a caregiver); but I promise it’s not just that. It’s a…

5 sure-fire tips: Make caring for others a family habit

January 8, 2021 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader Would you like to raise a compassionate child? If so, you are not alone. Fortunately, research tells us that kindness and empathy are qualities your child can learn. Practicing kindness gives children better mental and physical health, builds stronger relationships, and helps develop a higher sense of self-worth. These sure-fire tips will…

Real Money, Real Families: Piggy banks: childhood dream guardians

January 8, 2021 |

By Luke Erickson When my son was younger he asked me why I had to leave and go to work. I told him it was because I had to “bring home the bacon.” Months later my wife was driving him and his little friend through town. His friend pointed to a real estate office and…