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Apps To Help Keep Kids Safe During School Year

This week thousands of kids across the Treasure Valley are heading back to school, I loved seeing all of the back to school pictures on Facebook...

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No Homework All Year For These Students

One teacher is getting a lot of attention for a "no homework" policy that she says she's planning to stick to all year long.

She wants kids to play outside, have dinner with family, and get to bed early instead of burying noses in the books at home.  Think it'll catch on?

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Back-To-School Takes Over Social Media

If you are on social media at all this week, you will quickly understand that school has started. Boise State is underway, and high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools aren't far behind.

As parents, there is some sort of reflex that makes us mark these back-to-school moments on Facebook, and as you might be able to see in this picture, the kids would rather just hurry up and get to class.

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Camp Rainbow Gold Searches For Permanent Home

Camp Rainbow Gold recently received a $1.76 million donation to help build a new camp in the Wood River Valley.

They host five camps and three of those are at maximum capacity...

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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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‘Pete’s Dragon’ is Full of Surprises

Pete's Dragon is showing in several places around the Valley now, include the Edwards Boise Downtown Stadium 9, Stadium 21 and IMAX, and Village Cinema.

It's awesome, right?  If you've seen it, see if these three things surprised you too.

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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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Kids Obstacle Challenge At Expo Idaho

The Kids Obstacle Challenge comes to Boise this Saturday, July 23, at Expo Idaho.

It's an adventure course with running, jumping, obstacles, mud, and smiles specifically designed for kids ages 5-16 and their parents...

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This is the Most Dangerous Firework for Kids

We don't do it every day, but for some reason on the 4th of July we don't think twice about lighting a stick that burns at 2000 degrees and handing it to a 3-year old.  Maybe not the best idea!  Kids get injured from this one particular type of firework more than any other. 

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Idaho Not At The Top Of The List For Child Welfare

Idaho seems to top list after list, but here's one we're not leading on.  Idaho ranked 22 among the 50 states in child welfare issues. 

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