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Chris Erskine: Got a teen? Consider a puppy crate

At night, we've started experimenting with keeping our youngest son in a crate. He's 13, and in the early stages of a rough pubescence - is that redundant? Aren't all pubescences rough? Like hurricanes and root canals, aren't they all a little harrowing?

Family

Living with Children: New teacher could be cure for disruptive behavior

Q: Our son is a rising second-grader at a private school. Last year, his behavior was often disruptive and sometimes even downright defiant - problems his first grade teacher did not have with him. At home, we have no more than typical "boyishness" - nothing approaching serious. Nonetheless, at the school's request we took him to a private counselor they recommended. When that did no good, the school began insisting he had a disorder and wanted him put on medication - something we will not do. Anyway, we want to take preventive steps to head this off before it becomes an issue in the coming school year. Can you give us any advice?

Family

Lori Borgman: On call for potty training

I fielded four calls before I finally found out that my name and number had been posted on a bathroom wall. It's not as bad as it sounds. My contact info, along with my picture, are on a poster on the bathroom wall where one of the grands is potty training.

Family

Ex-etiquette: Fianc� too friendly with ex-in-laws

Q: I'm having a difficult time accepting the fact that my fiance still "hangs out" at his ex-mother-in-law's house when he picks his daughter up for visitation. I just recently found a video that his ex mother-in-law filmed of my fiance and his daughter playing in her pool together. When I confronted him about it his response was that his daughter didn't want to go out for dinner. She wanted to stay home and go in the pool with him. I feel like I was lied to because I was under the impression they went out to dinner and I was never told otherwise. I also think he's too friendly with his ex. I feel like there needs to be boundaries here. Am I over reacting? Please help! What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Two kids, night and day

Dear Mr. Dad: We have two sons, almost exactly three years apart. The oldest was a dream child in almost every way, but his little brother is pretty much the exact opposite. My husband and I find this surprising, since we tried to do everything with our youngest exactly the same as we did for our oldest. Why are they so different?

Health & Fitness

Green space can boost your health

A hundred years ago, on Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, providing protection for 35 established parks. Today, there are 407, from the most-visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with 10 million visitors a year, to the least-visited Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska, with only around 11,000 visitors annually.

Living

What to do about superior’s foul language?

Q: I work in a very small medical practice where one of the owners has an extremely foul mouth. Whenever “Dr. Smith” is upset, he curses at employees and frequently drops the F-bomb. This is highly offensive to everyone on the staff, but we’re afraid of losing our jobs if we complain.

Pets

Meridian Pet of the Week: Remi

Remi, 6, is a German shorthaired pointer/Spaniel mix. But if you are looking for a hunting companion, sorry, Remi is not the pooch for you. Despite his name, Remi does not care for the sound of a gun. He would prefer to spend his time hanging with the family. Remi is reported to be a bit timid to start out with, but at the Rescue he has not been shy. He likes to jump up on the bench and lean against you and hang out. Remi knows sit, down and come. He does not like cats and prefers larger dogs. To meet Remi or other dogs available for adoption, call 794-0944 or visit the Meridian Valley Humane Society at 191 N. Linder Road in Meridian. Open hours vary; visit online at www.meridianvalleyhumanesociety.org or call for times.

Pets

Canyon County Pet of the Week: Jameson

Jameson, 8 months, is a handsome “heeler” mix. He is a goofy boy who can be a little picky with his canine buddies, but generally gets past his insecurity quickly and then its all play. Jameson appears to have led a pretty sheltered life so meeting new humans was hard for him. Lots of praise (and a few cookies) have helped him blossom. Jameson would do best in a home with children over 10. He would also like to meet any other canine friends that may share the home with him. He is neutered, flea treated, microchipped, vaccinated.

Pets

Ada County Pet of the Week: Eeyore

Eeyore, 5, is an 87-pound neutered male blue American Staffordshire terrier. This big boy has a gentle heart and a contagious smile. He loves to greet everyone in the room. He sometimes jumps up in his exuberance and is in need of some basic training to help him with his manners. But he already does great on a leash and has so much potential. He’s been friends with cats, chickens and other dogs in the past. He is looking for a home with knowledgeable and committed owners who will give him plenty of love — and he will make a loyal companion in return.

Living

Meredith Smith on Idaho wine

Sawtooth and Ste. Chapelle wineries have always had things in common: mostly Idaho-sourced grapes and the same parent company, Precept Wines. Now they share the same winemaker, Meredith Smith, who sees a bright future for the Idaho wine industry.

Pets

Meet Olive, the Pet of the Week July 25

Olive is a 6-year-old, 70-pound spayed female boxer-Labrador retriever mix. She is a sweetheart who loves hanging out with people and would be more than ready to cuddle with you on the couch or bed. She is very responsive to food rewards and easily learned basic obedience through the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho program. Although she can have a bit of a stubborn streak, she engages well once she has bonded with you. Olive is a sensitive and shuts down if treated too harshly. She would do best with a calm, gentle owner who will provide clear expectations and lots of consistency. Before going into the IDAPI program, Olive had surgery to repair both of her knees, but has made a full recovery. She loves playing fetch and will benefit from regular exercise, but may get sore from more intense activity. She gets along well with other dogs, though she can be a bit bossy with them. She lived with cats and chickens in her foster home. She should do OK in a home with older, respectful children. You can find Olive (#14528040) in kennel 301 at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

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Meredith Smith on Idaho wine

Sawtooth and Ste. Chapelle wineries have always had things in common: mostly Idaho-sourced grapes and the same parent company, Precept Wines. Now they share the same winemaker, Meredith Smith, who sees a bright future for the Idaho wine industry.
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Meredith Smith on Idaho wine 2:07

Meredith Smith on Idaho wine

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Meet Olive, the Pet of the Week July 25

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Nampa native helps kids around the world with shoes that grow

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A glimpse of summer with the Boys & Girls Club