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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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‘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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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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How To Win The Bedtime Battle With Your Kids

I like to think that we aren't the only parents who deal with bed time struggles. Our son is almost 12 now, but we have always had the bed time battle...

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What Food Emoji Is Still Missing?

My dad is getting up there in years, but no teenager is going to out-emoji this guy!  He's determined to fully express himself through pics of beer mugs, corn in the husk, and Christmas trees.

By the way, did you hear what emoji might be coming next?  You and my dad will wonder how you survived without it for this long.

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The Secret To Marriage Success Involves Dressing Like Cows

These are my amazing parents, and I am so proud of them.  Not only do they make great cows, but today is also their 43rd wedding anniversary.  Not many couples make it that far!

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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The Pros and Cons of Getting a Dog for Christmas

My girls have been begging for a companion dog for our beloved Harry for months, and I finally caved after reading an article about why dogs make great Christmas gifts for kids.  But is this really a good idea? She's chewing up stuff.

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‘Minions’ Isn’t The Ideal Kid Movie

The Minions accidentally kill people and Sandra Bullock is evil.  Why are we thinking this is a cute movie for the kids?  

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Watch This Girl Pull Her Own Tooth With a Sling Bow

Parents have all sorts of tricks for pulling their kids' teeth.  My dad tied a string to my tooth when I was 7, and tied the other end of the string to a chair and then tipped the chair over to yank the tooth out. It worked.  This sling bow trick one-ups my dad's chair for sure.  How creative!  Watch this.

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‘Inside Out’ Helped My Kids Pick Their Favorite Emotion

"Inside Out" might be the prefect movie for kids and parents.  It's animated and keeps the kids engaged, and parents can sit back and ponder things like emotion and regret and sadness, and what makes the brain tick.  I loved it!  Well, except for one thing it did to my kids that may have damaged them forever.

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