The Protective Factors - Parental Resilience

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 31, 2020 3:52:52 PM

The ups and downs of life can be rough for both children and parents alike, especially during the current circumstances we’re faced with globally on account of the pandemic and its speculated aftermath. Life and parenting, in general, can feel extra scary right now as the future appears less certain with many possibilities at hand. This alone is enough for anyone to feel lost and in survival mode.

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Topics: Child Development, Resilience, Protective Factors

7 Positive Childhood Experiences that Help Kids Grow into Successful Adults

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on May 1, 2020 5:00:42 PM

In 1985, Dr. Vincent Felitti was the Chief of Preventative Medicine at Kaiser Permanente. He was doing a study on long-term health outcomes when he noticed that people who had traumatic pasts tended to have more dire health outcomes such as heart disease and diabetes. So strong was the trend, he turned the focus of his research to understanding more about how adversity in childhood related to health outcomes in adults.

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Topics: For Parents, Families, Child Development, Toxic Stress, Childhood Trauma, Resilience, PCEs

10 Ways to Compliment Your Kids and Build Resilience

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 17, 2020 4:43:56 PM

One of the most basic needs of every child is the need for their parents’ approval. This is so important that it is at the basis of self-esteem, self-worth, and even their identity as they grow.

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Behavior, Raising Respectful Children, Child Development, Programs and Services, Covid-19, Resilience

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

Understanding Teenagers and Mental Health

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

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

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

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

Saying 'Because I Said So' Doesn’t Cut It

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 3, 2018 2:19:00 PM

The parenting catchphrase “because I said so” is so ingrained in our culture it launched a feature film by the same name.

But what is this fallback phrase doing for kids? Unfortunately, not much. “Because I said so” is a fast, easy way to end a conversation, but as for teaching kids reasoning and decision-making skills, it leaves much to be desired.

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Topics: Discipline, For Parents, Toddlers, Early Childhood, Behavior, Raising Respectful Children, Child Development