Food wars
Dealing with picky eaters

September 6, 2022 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader We’ve all been there. After a long day at work, you come home and cook dinner only to have your child refuse to eat anything on his plate and demand mac and cheese or chicken nuggets. You want your child to eat a well-balanced meal, but they simply refuse, and you feel…

Gluten Free Orange Cinnamon Rolls

September 6, 2022 |

Ingredients:3 c. Amazing Grace (or other) gluten free pastry flour1 c. Amazing Grace (or other) all purpose gluten free flour2 t. salt1¼ c. milk1 T. quick yeast4 T. sugar4 t. brown sugar2 T. orange juice1 egg and 1 egg white4 T. butter flavored Crisco1 t. vanilla4 T. plain potato flakesZest of 1 orange Directions:In a…

Real Money, Real Families
How to purchase a healthy existence

September 6, 2022 |

By Luke Erickson Every person needs a healthy place to exist. That’s why we never make eye contact with others at fast food joints, because we all know we’re not there to be our best-selves. “I’m just here to pick up something for a friend…I mean enemy, I would never give this stuff to a…

Special friends
What a therapist learned from patients

September 6, 2022 |

Possible pull quote: I often hear the phrase “I just want my kid to be normal.” But normal is such a relative term. What does it even mean? I know I sure don’t feel ‘normal’ most days. If we were all the same, life would be so boring. Possibly pull quote: Every tiny finger that…

Down Syndrome Month Sadie, age 4, helping to raise awareness

September 6, 2022 |

Caption for Just Sadie: Sadie, 4, is helping her family and others realize the value and beauty of a child with Down syndrome. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. (Photo by Arrowleaf Photography) By Gaye Bunderson When asked what she’d say to a mother who just gave birth, Steffanie Larriba replied, “I would say, ‘Congratulations’.”…

Start Each New Task or Event with a Reminder

July 15, 2022 |

“I just want to be able to go to the store and pick up a few things without it turning into a huge battle.”Right? You have a plan, it’s not unreasonable. A few errands, get a few things at the store on the way home and then maybe even have time for a quick treat.…

Training for success
Why chores are important for children

July 8, 2022 |

By Sandy McDaniel A parent is training each child to be a successful human being. Success in one’s personal life usually involves living in a home or apartment, which must be cared for. Beds need changing, dishes need washing, floors need mopping, furniture needs dusting, bathrooms need cleaning, rugs need vacuuming, etc. If your children,…

Positive parenting
Try saying this, instead of that …

July 8, 2022 |

By Cara Johnson-Bader Let’s face it, being a parent isn’t always easy. It can be stressful, and at times it can test your patience tremendously. In moments when you are stressed or your child is having a meltdown, temper tantrum, or simply not listening, it can lead to frustration for you. In those instances, you…

Throw a party
Don’t spend a big bundle of cash

July 8, 2022 |

By Melanie Nelson Why is it that birthday parties always end up costing more time, energy and money than you planned? I think that sometimes, as moms, we get caught up in the “Pinterest-Perfect” mindset, meaning that everything has to look and be perfect in order for anyone to have fun. I, too, get caught…

Teaching kids a love of the natural world

July 8, 2022 |

Caption for Children in Outdoor Preschool: Children in the Outdoor Preschool program enjoy playing and learning in nature at the Foothills Learning Center. (Photo provided by FLC) By Gaye Bunderson Nature surrounds us and, yet, we frequently fail to experience it to the fullest. Helping people of all ages get the most from nature’s bounty…