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Kids’ Backpacks Shouldn’t Be Any Heavier Than This

School starts next week in Boise, and kids will be cramming iPods, notebooks, Kindles, phones, a change of shoes, snacks, and maybe even a book into those backpacks.

How heavy is too heavy?  If the backpack weighs more than a certain amount, it can knock kids off balance and lead to back problems later on.  Here's the magic number.

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Jeff Connell’s Divorced Dad Diaries: Vacation Lessons

I divorced about a year ago, and since that time, I've been learning how to hopefully be a better father for my son.  These are my lessons, experiences, failures, and successes.

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My Son Turned 8 Today, And Man Time Really Does Fly

It always sounded like one of those somewhat empty cliches, how "time flies by" as your kids are growing up.  Nope, I get it, it is actually very true.  My son turned eight today. 

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A Conversation With My 7 Year-Old About The Violence The Last Few Days

My heart aches for my 7 year-old. It seems will be growing up in a world in turmoil. He heard some things at camp (prior to the Dallas situation), so we had one of those talks.

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My Little Darth Vader Invades Boise Summer Camp Today

This was the scene as we left our house and headed to summer camp this morning.  My 7 year-old, dressed as Darth Vader on "costume day."  I love that he wanted to do it. 

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Happy Father’s Day Treasure Valley Dads

It's been a great weekend in the Treasure Valley for celebrating the important things.  Love, community, kindness, and family.  Today being Father's Day, I'm very grateful. 

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Summer Makes Me Wish I Was a Kid Again

Summers were so much fun as a kid, with camps, swimming, and sprinklers, and lots and lots of ice cream.

As an adult, summers can be kinda ho hum.  There's no break from work and there can be more to do juggling the kids' schedules which makes it busier than usual, and we lose the magic!  But here's a way to get it back.  

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A Single Dad Diary Success Story: Cleaning Up His Room

In the past, I've shared my challenge in getting my 7 year-old's room cleaned up.  The biggest problem was his love for art and hundreds of drawings spread around the house. 

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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You’ll Hear These Kid Comments On Your Memorial Day Weekend Road Trip

It's more than just, "Are we there yet?"  That usually starts in the driveway, and there a dozen other comments and questions that can take the steam out of our Memorial Day Weekend road trips just as quickly.  Here are some of the best zingers from the back seat that stress out parents.

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Idaho’s Largest Garage Sale Saves Parents Big Bucks

Oh, parents, don't we know it.  Pants that fit our 6-year-olds last week are high waters this week because we fed them some carrots and blueberries. Kids grow like weeds, and that can mean we're buying new clothes every time we turn around, which gets expensive in a hurry.

Idaho's Largest Garage Sale will be a great place to shop and save some money this weekend.

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