When parental 'chutzpah' meets reality
By Jessie Horney
My oldest child is 5 years old, so in terms of parenting advice, I'm your basic punch line. My friends and I talk about raising our children every time we're together, but most of us are early on in the journey, babes in the woods with nothing but our flashlights and instincts to guide us. And by instincts I mean parenting books, research articles, and stories we heard from other people. I laugh when someone asks me for advice because I know I'm about 40 years away from having any real perspective on all of this, but I also love to engage in the fray with other parents.
Listening skills for family cohesion
By Daniel Bobinski
Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, you probably realize that many family problems occur because of miscommunications. Someone says something that gets misinterpreted, and the next thing you know, feelings are hurt and a relationship becomes strained.
This problem often occurs unintentionally, but when it does occur, it’s usually because of a universal tendency of mankind — everyone wants to be heard first. The problem? When people are striving to be heard and understood first, it's hard to pay attention to what someone else is trying to say. In addition to hurt feelings and strained relationships, poor listening can also erode trust. This is definitely not good for family cohesion. Stated another way, “not listening” is a sure-fire shortcut to our kids not caring what we have to say.
By Sandy Spurgeon McDaniel
Children need to learn empathy: Ask them: “If you could switch places with your sister, and feel that all she wants is to be your friend, and how hurt she feels with your unkind remark, would that help you choose to be kind or be quiet?” Or: “How would it feel to be the child who is different at your school?” (Take your children to see the movie “Wonder.”) And: “What if you were just super-tall — nothing you can change — and everyone made fun of you?”
By Zoie Hoffman
Homework time is challenging for many, but there is one homework task that strikes fear and anxiety into the hearts of families across the nation: word problems. These wordy little math tasks seem simple enough but are a big stumbling block for math students. If your child struggles to solve word problems correctly, or to even start a word problem, you are definitely not alone.
Many times adoption blesses a family and provides a loving environment for a child. Other times you are so blessed by adoption, you end up blessing an entire village.
Adoption wasn't something my wife Sherri and I were prepared for. Yes, we had thought about it, wanted a bigger family, even entertained the thought of it when I went off to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to help as a nurse. Sherri even talked about me bringing home a child who needed a family when I went back a few months later.
J.J. Plew is Idaho born and raised. J.J. and his wife, along with their 4 kids have lived in the Treasure Valley for the past 15 years. J.J. has stayed actively involved in his kids’ activities as a coach, umpire, and volunteer. He enjoys music, dance, sports, and anything fun which helps keep him a kid at heart. J.J.’s desire for Idaho Family Magazine is to be the resource for families in the area looking for things to do and whats going on while also providing a positive and enjoyable magazine for readers. Feel free to reach out to J.J., he would love to hear from you.