5 Common Misconceptions About Teens Mental Health

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Oct 16, 2018 1:05:38 PM

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It is a common misconception that mental health is only relevant to adults. Kids and teens are often left out of the conversation and their needs are frequently written off or dismissed as unimportant. 

Research shows that a person’s mental state can affect every aspect of their life, but when it comes to conversations about mental health and illness, public opinion and scientific fact can be very confusing.

7 Tips for Having “The Sex Talk” With Your Kids

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 17, 2018 2:55:17 PM

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Most parents find talking about sex and sexuality with their children intimidating, embarrassing, and even somewhat terrifying. This is a normal way to feel in today’s climate where kids are exposed sexual themes earlier than ever but sex is still a “taboo” subject in everyday conversation.

Raising kids in a sex-positive, open environment can improve your relationship with your child and keep the lines of communication open. Here are a few tips to get the conversation started.

Social Media Dangers and the Effects of Cyberbullying

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 14, 2018 9:58:05 AM

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In this digital age we now find ourselves in, it is easier than ever for kids and teens to bully their peers. In this digital world, bullies can say something harmful without having to see the physical reactions of their victim or visually experience the effects of their words. To understand the injustice more fully, we first have to admit it exists, educate ourselves, and then take actions to prevent and protect the children in our care.

Katie's Success Story

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 21, 2018 5:35:00 PM

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When Katie first came to the Ranch Campus, she had no intention of ever returning home. Adopted as a teenager, she feared that her parents loved their biological kids more and the resulting conflicts had torn the family apart. Her intention was to complete the Ranch program, move into independent living, attend college, and never look back.

It's a Money Thing

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 14, 2018 10:32:26 AM

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Hard won financial lessons are some of the most important things you learn growing up. Young people from all walks of life get caught in financial traps and struggle to support themselves independently when they turn 18. The goal at Idaho Youth Ranch is to provide the young people in our programs with ALL the skills they need transition successfully into adulthood. 

Koda's Success Story

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 10, 2018 5:21:00 PM

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Koda came to the Ranch Campus at 16 years old, so full of fight that the staff almost resorted to discharging him early for the safety of the other residents. “I had a whole bunch of anger problems,” he said, “It kind of ran in the family.” His home life on a rural ranch revolved around conflict with his mom and brothers, but fortunately, it also gave him a budding passion for horses and cowboy crafts. Koda credits the Ranch’s Equine Therapy with helping him understand for the first time that anger was something he could choose to control. Trauma can be transformed. Koda learned how to transform his trauma into something positive.