You’re not alone
Pause, release, make room for joy

May 2, 2022 |

By Macaile Hutt It’s been an honor to write for Idaho Family Magazine over the past few years, and I have yet to find myself short on content ideas to write articles about. I have so many thoughts and ideas jotted down in the notes section of my phone, on napkins shoved in my purse,…

River Discovery
Family fun for cancer fighters of all ages

May 2, 2022 |

Caption for Cody Bryson Family: Cody Bryson took five members of his family on a 1-Day Family Rafting Adventure, courtesy of River Discovery. Rafters included his 6-year-old daughter, Lilah, who previously spent 800 days in cancer treatment. (Photo by Bear Valley Rafting) By Gaye Bunderson The last word you’d ever expect to hear associated with…

See faces
Building bridges between us, not walls

May 2, 2022 |

By Sandy Spurgeon McDaniel In my last article, I talked about connection being the way to heal the disconnect all of us have experienced due to the pandemic. One of the things a parent who has a child on the spectrum needs to teach him or her is to read facial clues – happy, sad,…

Sting Ray Robb
Young racer takes time for faith, family

May 2, 2022 |

Caption for Sting Ray Robb Pre-Race: Sting Ray Robb is an Idaho native whose passion for racing began early in life. At 20, he is a champion with lofty goals for more racing-track wins, but he remains steadfastly committed to his roots, his family, and his faith. (Photo courtesy of SR2 Racing) By Dennis Lopez…

Life lessons?
What learning golf teaches youngsters

March 21, 2022 |

By Gaye Bunderson Golf can be much more than just a game. In Jake Vetsch’s view, golf can literally teach a person about life.Jake is an adult and youth golf instructor with Golf365 in Boise. He and co-instructor Phil Pollacia hold junior golf camps each spring through summer to help kids learn golf skills. But…

Good child care
Looking for and selecting a safe provider

March 21, 2022 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your child. Research increasingly tells us that the first years of a child’s life are critical to shaping their future health and development. High-quality child care and education in the early years can make a positive difference…

Anxiety interventions
Changing perspectives and strategies

March 21, 2022 |

By Macaile Hutt Since becoming a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional for Children and Adolescents (CCATP-CA), my entire view on anxiety interventions has changed. I used to focus so much on the content of the worry when working with my clients and even when managing anxiety I was experiencing myself.What are you worried about? What’s…

Board-certified dermatologist Ryan Wells
answers your top questions about melasma

March 21, 2022 |

Melasma affects an estimated 5 million people in the U.S., according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Dr. Ryan Wells, board-certified dermatologist at Dermatology Clinic of Idaho, sat down with us to talk about melasma – what it is, symptoms, and treatment.Q: What is melasma?A: Melasma is a commonly acquired condition of dark brown…

Idaho Reptile Zoo
Where families meet friendly creatures

March 21, 2022 |

By Dennis Lopez Listening to Tyler Messina, I almost forget that I hate snakes. His enthusiasm about reptiles is contagious…almost.Messina is the bright and knowledgeable owner and curator of what is perhaps Boise’s most eclectic zoo: The Idaho Reptile Zoo. Open for one and one-half years, the tidy 10,000-square-foot facility is located between an escape…

On feeling loved
Why it’s essential to connect with your kids

March 21, 2022 |

By Sandy McDaniel Having taught parenting skills for several decades, I am often asked what I think is the most important thing a parent can do for or give to their children. Love is the obvious answer, and I have worked with dozens of children who don’t feel loved by their loving parents. When I…