Green winter living: Tips for holidays & the winter through

November 1, 2021 |

By Kimberly Blaker Taking steps to reduce our negative impact on the Earth is a year-round job. But it can seem much harder during the winter season. Cold weather and long, dark nights, along with holiday celebrations, make it challenging to prioritize planet-healthy habits. Still, there are ways to reduce our impact for a more…

How kids learn: A child’s playtime is also learning time

November 1, 2021 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader When children are playing, there’s more going on than meets the eye. Your little one is engaged in learning and brain development. Through play, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers try out new skills, explore their imagination and creativity, enrich their emotional development, cultivate language skills, foster problem-solving skills, and so much more. As…

Pediatrician-approved: Bath safety tips for infants & toddlers

November 1, 2021 |

By Molly O’Shea It’s always a wise time for parents to brush up on a few safety tips to keep their children protected in the bathtub. The following are pediatrician-approved bath safety tips for infants and toddlers. Supervision: Children can drown in as little as two inches of water, so never leave a young child…

National Adoption Month: Children are waiting for adoptive families

November 1, 2021 |

Caption for Adoptive Family: Kenia, Ian, and Tristan (left to right) are all members of an Idaho adoptive family: mother, son, and father. November is National Adoption Month. Many children are eager to be adopted, and for anyone who’s ever considered adopting a child, now is a great time. (Courtesy photo) By Tina Kierce We’ve…

Monster Jam

October 20, 2021 |

MONSTER JAM® MARKS FIRST RETURN EVENTS TO IDAHO  AFTER MORE THAN YEAR & HALF HIATUS WITH ACTION-PACKED WEEKEND OF FAMILY FUN AT FORD IDAHO CENTER IN NAMPA ON OCTOBER 22 & 23 Enhanced Health and Safety Measures Implemented for Fan Wellness **Tickets Now Available for Purchase!!** Nampa, ID – This. Is. MONSTER JAM®!  It’s time…

Wednesday’s Child: Kahli wants to be in a faith-filled family

September 1, 2021 |

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Kahli, 13, is a quirky teen with an adventurous spirit. This brave girl recently let us tag along on a trip to a local salon, where she chose to cut off all her long hair for a…

Swimming lessons: Four siblings learn to swim like (gold)fish

September 1, 2021 |

By Gaye Bunderson When asked if her kids wanted to take swim lessons, mom Hilary Baird replied, “They wanted to learn to swim, but they’ve always been afraid of the water.” That’s all changing now that the kids take swimming lessons together at Goldfish Swim School in Boise. The foursome of siblings go to class…

Wicked ideas: Fun neighborhood Halloween contests

September 1, 2021 |

By Kimberly Blaker Are you looking for some fun new ways to celebrate Halloween with your kids this year? How about a neighborhood contest? Costume contests are just one of the many options to get everyone in the spirit. So read on to see if one of these wicked ideas grabs you. Craziest costume –…

Teething & other trials: What to do when your little one bites

September 1, 2021 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader Children biting is both the most common – and the most difficult – aspect of child development, especially with infants and toddlers. When biting incidents occur, it is often scary, frustrating, and stressful for children and their family. Biting is a stage some children go through and is a behavior of a…

Visit a drive-in: Share an old-time movie night with family

September 1, 2021 |

By Dennis Lopez This will be the last edition of the summer and in that regard, I write this with a sense of loss. Days of shorts and T-shirts are numbered. Soon, hard lace-up shoes will take the place of sandals. Order will be restored to my no-watch, no-worries mindset. I often wax nostalgically about…