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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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A Game Changer: Consistent discipline cuts parent stress

By Sandy McDaniel “My child seems to have a mind of his own. Every time I turn around, he is upset about something I have asked him to do or is challenging me. I feel as if I am in a constant state of anger.” Behavior that is rewarded continues; behavior that is not rewarded…

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Honesty, trust, etc. Five character traits every parent needs

By Daniel Bobinski If you ask any parent what is necessary to create an engaged family, you’re likely to get a wide range of answers. After all, people value different things. But there are some things that everyone seems to want, and sadly, these things can be lacking — or greatly diminished — in some…

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‘Serve and return’ Parents as children’s brain builders

By Cara Johnson-Bader The CEO of New Horizon Academy, Chad Dunkley, recently attended an early childhood conference in Baltimore. At the conference, a professor from Georgetown University spoke about recent research on brain development and about the importance of “serve and return.” Serve and return is the back and forth exchange between children and significant…

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A genetic diagnosis: Staying course until the light returns

By Macaile Hutt I started my Idaho Family Magazine journey when the clinic I was working at was given the opportunity to write an article from a therapist’s perspective on how to stay active in the blistering summer heat. I felt so honored and inspired when given the opportunity to write that article, and it…

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Wednesday’s Child

DJ hopes to attend culinary school The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. DJ, 13, is a thoughtful young man who loves to cook and one day hopes to go to culinary school and become an amazing chef. His favorite foods include chili, pizza…

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Sickbed lessons: All mom needed was a little boredom

By Mindy Scott It is all too easy for us adults to stay occupied every minute of every day and be considered normal. But it ain’t normal. It’s not healthy. And I’m not participating anymore. The new year started out terrifying for me. On the night of January 2, I was rushed to the ER…

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