When is it time to ask for help?

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

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When is it Time to Ask for Help?

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.

7 Tips for Having “The Sex Talk” With Your Kids

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 17, 2018 2:55:17 PM

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Most parents find talking about sex and sexuality with their children intimidating, embarrassing, and even somewhat terrifying. This is a normal way to feel in today’s climate where kids are exposed sexual themes earlier than ever but sex is still a “taboo” subject in everyday conversation.

Raising kids in a sex-positive, open environment can improve your relationship with your child and keep the lines of communication open. Here are a few tips to get the conversation started.

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.

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.