Are Eating Disorders Considered Self-Harm?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 17, 2020 4:02:20 PM

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that impact at least 9% of the population worldwide. Second to opioid overdoses, they are among the deadliest mental illnesses, causing one death every 52 minutes.

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Topics: For Parents, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens

What to Do When Your Child Hates School

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 17, 2020 1:27:23 PM

Most kids complain about their teachers, studying, or school at some point during their education. This commiseration is fairly normal, but what can you do if your child hates school? Consider the following tips.

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Topics: For Parents, Early Childhood, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Trouble in School

When Is It Appropriate for Your Child to Switch Schools?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 17, 2020 1:24:08 PM

Your child continues having issues at school. Maybe they’re experiencing bullying, having a difficult time making friends, or they keep bringing home bad grades. Is it time to switch schools? Consider these variables first. 

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Topics: For Parents, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Teachable Moments, Bullying, Trouble in School

What Do Parents Need to Know About Online Safety?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 16, 2020 11:45:57 AM

The average teenager spends about eight hours online each day. Although online safety is a critical part of living in modern society, many parents don’t exactly know what this security entails. Let’s get into the top online safety tips. 

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Topics: For Parents, Adolescents/Teens, Bullying, Online Safety

3 Helpful Tips for Talking to Your Teenager

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 16, 2020 11:37:33 AM

Does it feel like you’re walking on eggshells when you interact with your child? If so, you’re not alone. That said, open communication is vital for building trust, safety, and connection between parents and children. Consider these useful tips for talking to your teenager. 

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Adolescents/Teens, Teachable Moments, Families, Family Counseling

When Is It Time to Ask for Help?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 9, 2020 8:18:44 PM

The thing we hear most often from parents is, “I wish I would have known about you sooner.” It can be extraordinarily difficult for parents to reach out for help or to know what resources are available to them. It can also be difficult to distinguish between the signs of normal teenage moodiness and serious causes for concern.

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Topics: For Parents, Adolescents/Teens, childhood trauma

How Equine Therapy Helps Vulnerable Youth

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 26, 2020 9:13:19 AM

People often ask how, exactly, horses can make such a big impact on people who have experienced trauma. Many people think it is about simply riding horses and are surprised to learn that Idaho Youth Ranch Equine Therapy is ground-based.

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Topics: Adolescents/Teens, Behavior, Equine Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Anxiety

5 Easy Things Parents Can Do to Model Good Coping Skills

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 17, 2020 4:33:10 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic is giving parents more time than ever to spend with their kids. Many parents are taking advantage of the time to enjoy some much-needed quality time and using this situation as a time to create stronger bonds and improve communication with their kids.

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Behavior, Raising Respectful Children, Covid-19

How Are Kids Experiencing COVID-19?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 9, 2020 11:55:42 AM

It’s easy for adults to believe that because children are small, their emotions are also small or somehow less real. This could not be further from the truth.

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Early Childhood, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Behavior, Families, Counseling, Toxic Stress, Covid-19, Anxiety

Helping Kids Succeed in Online School During the Stay-At-Home Era

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 8, 2020 5:18:01 PM

Over the past few months, we’ve faced drastic changes and heartache as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. On a grand scale, both the residents of Idaho and our global society have have struggled to adjust to a new norm—a "stay-at-home era" as schools and businesses close, and those not considered "essential workers" face layoffs and work-from-home orders while we wait for COVID-19 to pass.

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Early Childhood, Adolescents/Teens, Family Time, Family Counseling, Programs and Services, Covid-19