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.

How You Can Help Foster Children in Need

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on May 23, 2018 3:31:44 PM

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In celebration of National Foster Care Awareness Month this May, we wanted to share some information you can use to get involved on these remaining days. Centered around youth advocacy, the Idaho Youth Ranch works with families and children to ensure they have access to the help, resources, and education they need to positively change the trajectory of their life. With nearly 1,800 children living in the Idaho foster care system, it’s never too late get involved by giving back!

3 Reasons Apologizing to Your Child Is Important

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 18, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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 One of the most common mistakes parents make is attempting to maintain an aura of parental perfection, fearing that either kids will use mistakes against them later, or won’t respect their authority. It can be scary to be vulnerable and “human” in front of your kids by apologizing and admitting fault. But it’s also one of the most important ways you can form a healthy relationship based on mutual respect.