Utah recently enacted a law that protects parents from charges of negligence when they let their children play unsupervised outdoors. The "free-range parenting" law is the first of its kind in the country and we speak to the founder of the Free Range Kids movement.

As anyone with children, or grandchildren, knows, parenting isn’t easy. Children and adolescents are growing up in a complex and connected world where smartphones, video games, organized activities and friends vie for their attention. At the same time, parents aren’t exactly always sure what their job description should be – or how to best nurture their child.

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A 37-year-old Nampa woman is challenging Idaho's laws on artificial insemination, paternity and vital statistics, saying they discriminate against same-sex parents.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Adela Ayala and her 4-year-old daughter, who is the biological daughter of Ayala's former same-sex partner.

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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Boise State Public Radio is bidding farewell to a familiar voice. ​Adam Cotterell has been a reporter on our airwaves for nine years. But starting next week, he will become a stay-at-home dad instead. (He's not leaving the radio station entirely. He'll work as a part-time podcaster on a special project set to debut in February.) For his last daily reporting assignment, we asked Adam to tell us about stay-at-home fatherhood in Idaho.