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

The Protective Factors -  Concrete Support During Times of Need

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 27, 2020 9:22:11 AM


One of the hardest things about parenting is knowing that you can’t protect your children from everything the world will throw at them. It is very easy to hope that if you don’t talk about the difficult things, they won’t happen.

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, protective factors

10 Things Your Kids Need to Hear You Say

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 24, 2020 3:22:25 PM

Have you ever opened your mouth and heard your parents come out? Being intentional about what you say to and around your children can help mold who they become and how they deal with the world as they grow up.

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Raising Respectful Children, Family Time, Family Conflict, Family Counseling, resilience

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

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

Family Game Time

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Mar 20, 2020 5:00:00 PM

It’s not just the game that makes family game night a success that everyone looks forward to, it’s the environment that you create. To make your game nights fun and full of laughs, start with the following tips:

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Topics: Communication, Tweens, Teachable Moments, Family Time

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

Jake's Success Story

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Dec 3, 2018 2:56:36 PM

“I didn’t want to do it, but living in that environment, I just didn’t think I had any other option.”

Jake was a smart, vibrant teenage boy who had the world going for him. He had friends and good grades and got along well with others. No one on the outside looking in would have guessed that he was at risk for suicide.

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Topics: Communication, Family Conflict, Success Stories, "Suicide"