By Jennifer Randolph
As an outstanding high school senior who played varsity sports, got good grades, came from a solid family and had a steady boyfriend for over two years, pregnancy after the first time I had ever engaged in sex came as quite a shock for me. Yeah, I am THAT girl. That 0.1 percent.
Terrified, my boyfriend and I deliberated quietly about what to do. Five months into the pregnancy, we told my parents. Although very upset, my parents were supportive and urged us to make our own decision so we could hold ourselves fully accountable for the consequences. Although not at first, I ultimately realized how crucial it was that I, with my boyfriend, be the one to decide the future of our baby.
By Jessie Horney
Here’s how my parents decided where to send me and my siblings to school: They found out where the school bus that stopped in front of our house was headed, and they put us on it. My parents bought our childhood home because of its proximity to an elementary, junior high, and high school, all three within walking distance, because who’s got time to shuttle seven children to and from school activities? Make those kids walk, man.
By Mary Ann Wilcox
As parents we control the atmosphere in our home through positive instruction, communication and delegation of responsibilities. A positive atmosphere is the nourishment that develops secure, cooperative children who become responsible adults with a good work ethic and the confidence to take on the challenges of adult living. In order to provide this atmosphere, a parent needs to do the following:
By Kurt Orzeck
Animals are wild at heart, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Zoo Boise.
“There’s a lot of wildlife here in Boise, though you might not think it,” Liz Littman, Zoo Boise Assistant Superintendent at the Parks and Recreation Department, discloses during a recent tour. She notes that the zoo attracts more than 350,000 guests a year.
By Gaye Bunderson
(P/C Let it Shine)
To any mom who darts down a hallway after one wayward toddler, the idea of chasing after four toddlers must sound like a minor nightmare. A mother who finds herself running after that many high-spirited tykes could easily, exhaustedly ask herself, “What kind of mess have I gotten into?”
Heather Weavers doesn't wade into the realm of “why me?”, not even for a second — and she has a very sound reason for why she doesn't 'go there.'
“With four kids, you don't have time for that. There's no time for a pity party,” she said. “If you start thinking, 'How am I going to do this?', you turn around and some kid is drinking out of the toilet. There's just no time; I don't even have time to have friends.”
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.