When is it Time to Get Help for Your Teen?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on May 9, 2019 12:31:19 PM

A Parent's Guide to Teenage Behavior

It can be hard for a kid to admit when things aren’t okay. If your teen is displaying negative patterns of behavior, they may be trying to communicate through their actions, instead. Research shows that upsetting experiences and stress are often the culprits behind behavioral issues in teens, and just because you can’t always see an underlying cause, doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. This guide offers some helpful ways to identify problematic behaviors, understand the effects of highly stressful situations, and help your child cope and move past their experiences in a healthy and proactive way. This assessment is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Adolescents/Teens, Family Conflict, Family Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Child Development, Programs and Services

5 Common Misconceptions About Teens Mental Health

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

Understanding Teenagers and Mental Health

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.

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Topics: Adolescents/Teens, Child Development

Social Media Dangers and the Effects of Cyberbullying

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

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.

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Topics: For Parents, Adolescents/Teens, Behavior, Teachable Moments, Bullying, Child Development

Micromanaging Kids

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 26, 2018 12:00:00 AM

No one likes a micromanager--and that includes kids! Adults can understand how frustrating and damaging a micromanager can be, yet most parents micromanage their children heavily and fail to see why kids grow up to be resentful in the aftermath. 

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Child Development

How to Have Meaningful Conversations with Your Child

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 23, 2018 2:15:00 PM

"My parents don't understand what it's like to be my age."

“They just don’t get it!”

Sound familiar? At the Idaho Youth Ranch, we hear these phrases often. And the truth is, they’re true! 

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Adolescents/Teens

Scheduling For Success

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 16, 2018 12:00:00 AM

If the idea of trying to fit in homework, meals, down time, extracurriculars, and more--not to mention leaving enough time for 8-10 hours of sleep--feels overwhelming, you’re not alone. Creating a schedule that’s comfortable and functional for both parent and child can feel like a major feat, but it’s also one of the best ways you can help children of all ages succeed.

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Topics: For Parents, Early Childhood, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Set for Success, Child Development

Setting Goals to Help Your Child Succeed

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 15, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Setting--and following through with--goals is an important way you can help your kids succeed. Learning how to determine what they want, lay out a path to achieve it, and celebrate the results is a skill that they’ll use throughout their lives in school, work, and relationships.  

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Topics: For Parents, Early Childhood, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Set for Success, Child Development

Pokemon Go: Good or Bad?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 10, 2018 12:00:00 AM

As Pokemon Go continues to sweep the nation, it’s inspiring more than Pokemon masters to take notice. Parents everywhere are starting conversations about whether this latest game craze is good--or bad--for kids’ health and development.

Some parents fear that the app is a poor excuse for quality time. Others simply worry about the sheer amount of hours their kids are spending hunting Pokemon!

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Topics: For Parents, Adolescents/Teens, Quality Time

Quality Time at The Kitchen Table

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

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. 

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Early Childhood, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Quality Time, Set for Success, Child Development

How to Discipline Your Child

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 2, 2018 2:17:00 PM

Dealing with discipline is tough for parents. Are you being too strict? Are you being too lenient? Learning when to pick your battles is a skill every parent struggles with. Here are a few things we do at the Idaho Youth Ranch to change kids' behavior. 

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Topics: Discipline, For Parents, Toddlers, Early Childhood, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Behavior, Child Development