Wednesday’s Child: Kaden, 12, a master at yo-yo tricks

June 3, 2020 |

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Meet 12-year-old Kaden D., a sweet jokester who one day hopes to become a marine biologist, a mechanic or an architect. Kaden is amazing at building things. He loves to build with wood, Legos or anything else…

Real Money, Real Families: Don’t Corona my Cash!

June 3, 2020 |

By Luke Erickson So, you knew this had to be an article about COVID-19, right? I mean, has there been any other kind of article since March? Let’s say that hypothetically I managed to go an entire article without mentioning Corona…you’d be like, “Uhh, dude, do you live in a cave or something? And if…

Take a positive route: Stop the shame and blame game

June 3, 2020 |

By Sandy McDaniel A mother called me recently, very distraught that her family was in turmoil over an event that happened the previous night. Her daughter, age 12, had just received a new basketball for her birthday. Her younger brother asked to use it at a game that night during half-time. Her answer was affirmative,…

Home activities: Creating sensory tools can be simple

June 3, 2020 |

By Macaile Hutt In our day and age, we are surrounded by so much information at any given moment that it can be overwhelming. Parents are told to do this but not that, always do one thing but never another, and mom and dad shaming is a real thing that has inundated social media. I…

Reading tips: Start early to teach kids literacy skills

June 3, 2020 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader Research tells us it is never too early to start reading to children. From the day they are born, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop language skills and pre-literacy skills every day that help them become readers. Children need between 10,000-12,000 words in their vocabulary to be ready for kindergarten, and reading is…

‘We are not afraid’ The teddy bear project of COVID-19

June 3, 2020 |

By Photographer Bren Slade It began with one photographer asking, “How will the children be represented in this crisis?” During any calamity, local or worldwide, people do their jobs. The worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 is no exception. From healthcare workers to policemen, the work carries on. And photographers? Their job is to document it. An…

Boise Angels: Non-profit helps foster kids, families

June 3, 2020 |

By Gaye Bunderson Angels aren’t just heavenly beings. Sometimes they’re regular folks dressed in clean jeans, wearing smiles, carrying boxes, and filled with helpful hearts. That’s the case with the members of Boise Angels — they’re everyday people who walk alongside foster care families and children and help them navigate the waters of foster parenting…

A young guy’s game: Why I officially hate going camping

June 3, 2020 |

By Dennis Lopez I hate my brother, Terry, and I’ll tell you why: we went camping. See, I used to camp. When I was a kid, we lived in northern Idaho in the mining community of Mullan. It was a simpler time in America when it didn’t seem too outrageous for my mom to allow…

GoGo Squeez Supports Idaho’s Local Community

May 13, 2020 |

Now more than ever, the community needs our support and GoGo squeeZ loves to be able to share healthy snacks at events and programs around the Treasure Valley. But when quarantine requirements canceled almost everything starting March, leaving doctors and nurses working nonstop for days and millions of families unable to feed their family, the…

Wardrobe in your pocket Carry swatches in a small, handy book

March 4, 2020 |

By Mary Ann Wilcox Is it time to buy a new wardrobe? You can cut the time you spend shopping, reduce your budget for clothing expenses and eliminate duplicates and mistakes in your wardrobe with this handy shopping aid. It’s called a “wardrobe in your pocket.” It is a handy little book that has swatches…