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.

Defining a Family Culture

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 11, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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What kind of family did you imagine you would create when you were younger?

Chances are, if your childhood was a happy one you imagined that your family would look very similar. On the other hand, if your childhood was difficult or traumatic, you probably hoped that the family you created one day would be different.

20 Fun Questions to Ask About Your Child’s Day

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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If you’re like most parents, you’ve probably noticed that there seems to be a standardized answer to the following question : “How was your day today?” and "What did you learn at school today?"

If you’re tired of getting “good” or “fine” as an answer, we’ve got some great questions to help your child open up, spark some fun conversation, and help you learn more about your child’s day!

The Kitchen Table

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 8, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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Did you know that one of the most critical indicators for a child’s success is the kitchen table? Researchers at the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that kids who ate with their families five times a week were far less likely to have problems with substance abuse, and were more likely to earn better grades. 

Fear and Respect: What’s the Difference?

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 4, 2018 2:08:00 PM

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 The words “fear” and “respect” go hand-in-hand in the minds of many parents. In fact, confusing these two concepts is the No. 1 mistake we see parents make at the Idaho Youth Ranch--which is why teaching parents the difference between fear-based and respect-centered parenting is one of the key ways we help rehabilitate families.

So what is the difference between fear and respect?