Five Ways to Deal With Homesickness

Homesickness is an attachment to what children feel is familiar. It can occur at any point when they leave for their first sleepover, camp, college, or going abroad. Providing a foundation on ...

The Holidays Are Here: Let Magic In

My kids go nuts the first time it snows each year. Early in the morning, I can’t wait to whip open the curtain hiding the big patio door windows and see what they ...

Big City Guy Learns About Small-Town Friendliness

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Wesley Escondo moved to the Chippewa Valley in 2012 to become CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. When asked if he made the right choice ...

Welcome to Autumn, Chippewa Valley!

This is one of the very best times of year to be living in the Chippewa Valley – and one of our most important seasons ...

Summertime Souvenirs

the gold we find on summer vacation

We went searching for gold, and we came home with a rock. It was the classic Wisconsin family road trip – the longest that my family would ever take – to the Badlands of South Dakota. With my parents in the front, my two brothers ...

So Much Summer in Store for You

Sweet, sweet summertime – it has arrived! The Chippewa Valley Family crew is sending you its warmest summer wishes for a fantastic season of adventure, outdoor hang time, and day after day of soaking ...

Raising Our Boys Like We Raise Our Girls

gender equity should begin at the beginning

Two years ago, I lay on a table in an ultrasound room with a full bladder. I had gulped down two 16 ounce bottles of water to make sure that the tech could see the baby clearly, especially the baby’s gender. I wanted my first baby to be a girl ...

Puddles and Ships

He picks out a few good peanut shells before I throw the pile into the trash. Five or six large ones without cracks or holes. He wants the seaworthy peanut shells ...

A Season for Smashing

memories of late winter walking across thin ice

It’s a time-honored tradition passed down through generations of whiney Wisconsinites who were never taught to dress in layers and buy water-proof shoes.

Finding a Home in ‘the Perfect Community’

Couple find their hearts draw them back to Eau Claire, where Wisconsin winters offer cabin time and and cocoa-drinking

After starting their career elsewhere, Sarah French and her husband, Ray, decided to relocate their young family to the place they met. “Our hearts were calling us home to Eau Claire, so we ...