Clutter-free living: Tips to help you get, stay organized

August 1, 2018 |

By Mary Ann Wilcox For the first three years of my life, I lived in a large, 10-room farmhouse on a sizable piece of property in southern California. When I was 3, my mother, father, brother and I moved from that spacious house into a 27-foot trailer with one bedroom and no bathroom. It was…

As things heat up… Stay active while still staying cool

August 1, 2018 |

By Macaile Hutt With summer upon us and temperatures increasing, it can be difficult to find ways to stay active while still staying cool. It’s important for little bodies to stay moving and active, particularly in the summer months when school is out of session. To avoid becoming stagnant and also avoiding the ever-tempting bouncing…

Wednesday’s Child

August 1, 2018 |

Josh beats a Rubik’s Cube every time The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Getting to know 15-year-old Josh is a rewarding experience. Not only will you be amazed at his ability to solve a Rubik’s Cube in under one minute, you’ll see how…

The Connection From Fireworks to Christmas

July 6, 2018 |

The Horney Village The connection from fireworks to Christmas Cutline: The author’s mother at Eagle Island, circa 1988. (Courtesy photo) By Jessie Horney It’s 100 degrees by lunchtime every day and firework stands pop up on every available corner, but I can’t help thinking about Christmas. The 4th of July always makes me think about…

Discerning Your Child’s Natural Motivation

July 6, 2018 |

Intelligence types Discerning your child’s natural motivation By Daniel Bobinski You’ve probably heard of IQ, a person’s “intelligence quotient,” but did you know that intelligence is much broader than that? Standard IQ tests mostly measure a person’s ability to work with visual shapes, mathematical problems, language, and cognitive recall. You might say those four areas…

Manic Mothering

July 6, 2018 |

Two almost-empty nesters at a baby shower By Beth Markley “I don’t think I’ve ever been to a baby shower before.” This was Mike’s confession to me as we were walking up to the door to our friends’ home on a Saturday afternoon late last year. Had I realized this earlier, I would have thought…

Freedom Lessons

July 6, 2018 |

Bringing U.S. liberties to your family By Sandy McDaniel July is usually the “free-est” time for children as there is no school, fewer responsibilities and the weather is warm. It is also the month in which we celebrate the Fourth of July. I’ve probably written 30 columns about the dangers of fireworks, the responsibilities of…

Adoption: A Different Kind of Love Story

July 6, 2018 |

Harpers learn pain, reward of fostering By Kevin Harper Our family started fostering over 17 years ago. My wife, Diane, and I initially looked into adoption and thought it was too expensive, so we literally put the big three-ring binder of information we had accumulated up on a shelf. About a year after the birth…

Rocky Mountain Sign Language

June 11, 2018 |

Rocky Mtn. Sign Language Mom gets big surprise when baby signs Cutline for Paula and Rose McCall: Paula Wise Baker is shown with her 2-year-old daughter, Rose McCall. Paula started teaching sign language to Rose when she was just a baby and has now started her own sign language business to help parents communicate with…

Horney Village

June 11, 2018 |

Horney Village 7 tips for traveling with kids Cutline for Kids Sleeping: Clara, 3, and Sammy, 2, sleep in an airport while traveling with their parents. (Courtesy photo) By Jessie Horney When I was 22 years old, freshly married and kid-free, I had the foolish confidence of someone whose main job is to take care…