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Kids’ questions: Asking about differences

By Macaile Hutt I was in the self-checkout area of the grocery store the other day and I found myself between two mothers with daughters around the same age. To my left, one bored little girl, pulling at her mom’s coat and sighing deeply with each item scanned, and, to my right, a nearly identical…

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Do your kids just hear, ‘Wha wah’?

By Daniel Bobinski If you’ve ever seen a Charlie Brown movie, you know that the stories are all about the kids’ perspectives and adults are never seen. If there’s ever a time when one of the Peanuts gang interacts with an adult, all you hear the adult saying is, “Wha wah, wha wha wah wah.”…

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The Outdoorsman: Learning to trap by snaring Mom

Chuck Carpenter I had the best parents any kid could ever have. My dad and mom spent every minute they could with me and my two brothers. Most of the time we were fishing, hunting, camping, trapping and things like that. When my dad was working, my mom was with us most of the time.…

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Who needs a hug? Proprioception: better than it sounds

By Macaile Hutt Picture this: you’ve had a really stressful day at work (or school or playing referee to fighting children or chauffeur to and from school and soccer practice and piano and — well, you get it). You walk into the front door to see your husband (or wife, or child, or mother, or…

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Road to reading: It’s never too early to start.

Caption for Ben Reading: Cara Johnson-Bader’s son, Ben, reads in his classroom at New Horizon Academy. (Courtesy photo) By Cara Johnson-Bader At New Horizon Academy, we understand the importance of a child’s journey on the road to reading. We know children need 10,000-12,000 words in their vocabulary to be ready for kindergarten, so we thought…

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Tween Daughter & Dad Get the bug, Dad, but don’t kill it!

By Patrick and J.L. Hempfing “Daddy! Bug!” Jessie often yells these words. Part of my job description as dad includes keeping a bug-free home. Although Jessie wants every bug removed, she is unwilling to execute the task herself, even for the tiniest bugs. When Jessie calls, Dad comes running with a tissue, paper towel, or…

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Family familiarity: both body and soul

By Jessie Horney My 5-year-old son recently saw me without a shirt on and pressed his hand to my belly, declaring it “so soft” and asking “why does it stick out from you like that?” My 6-year-old daughter, born a lady (or a Mennonite), watched me get dressed for church and said in her sweetest…

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The Outdoorsman: Todd and the ole Pony

By Chuck Carpenter USDA – Wildlife Services (May 27, 1980 – July 15, 2011) The program I worked for was responsible for stopping or reducing life stock losses caused by predators and a whole array of other things. A lot of the problems we were called in to help solve was in the back country,…

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Wednesday’s Child: Dakoda, 9, enjoys animal snuggles

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Dakoda, 9, is a sweet little boy who wants everyone to know that his favorite thing to do is to spend time cuddling with animals and with the people he loves. Dogs are his absolute favorite animal…

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Our backpacks: The things we carry, including abuse

By Macaile Hutt I think that everyone we come in contact with is wearing a heavy backpack on his or her back. This backpack is filled with mistakes, failures, dead-end roads, regrets, secrets, demons and skeletons. We trudge along, day after day, and this backpack becomes part of us. We don’t question it, don’t ask…

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