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Is There a “Right” Age to Start Leaving Kids Home Alone?

It's hard to believe, but I'm the father of a nine year-old.  He just had his birthday last week, and we've been introducing more responsibility.  But, when is it ok for him to stay home alone?

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Fourth Graders + Family Members Can Visit National Parks for FREE

The school year hasn't even started yet, and so far it's awesome to be a 4th grader.

And parents, if you're lucky enough to have a 4th grader in the family like me, that's worth a free ticket to places like the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The whole family gets in free! Here's how it works.

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Father’s Day Ended With a Big Moment for My Son

Father's Day was this weekend, and my son and I made a surprise trip (for 26 hours) to spend it with my Dad in Seattle.  On the trip back, my son was given an amazing gift too.

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Schools Triple Recess Time to Help Kids Concentrate

To perform better in school, maybe kids need less time in the classroom.

Some Texas schools are gaining attention for tripling the recess time for students, and we're waiting to see if this growing trend catches on in Idaho.

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Idaho’s Latest Trend: Fidget Spinners

Most kids have these things and they're supposed to reduce stress and help with concentration, but do they work?  

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New Milestones & Memories on the Baseball Diamond

My son is eight years old and, this year, has decided that playing baseball was the "must do" sports choice.  Last night was his first game, and it was a very cool moment. 

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These Are the Quirkiest Baby Names in Idaho

Idahoans can come up with some goodies!  Just look at any kindergarten class list, and high five yourself for stamping your kids with some unique, cool, and creative names.

A new list is out, and please share your thoughts.  Are the quirkiest baby names in Idaho really that quirky?

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Update: Time To Say Goodbye to the Terminally Ill Dog

Well, we've said goodbyes to our beloved mini schnauzer, Harry, after his battle with doggie cancer.  And there was a surprising twist in the story yesterday.

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I’m Not A Huge Halloween Fan, But My Kiddo Is, So We Partake

I have a confession (and I'm guessing there's more than a few of us who feel this way);  I don't love Halloween.  Not a huge fan of the costumes or candy, and I HATE pumpkins. 

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Another Milestone Met: He’s Helping Mow The Lawn

I don't even know how it's possible, but my kiddo is 8 year-old, and he just seems to keep growing up so fast.  Every week there's a new achievement.  This weekend, we mowed. 

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