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

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Over the past few weeks, 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.

Scheduling For Success

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

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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.

Quality Time at 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. 

Why “Because I Said So” Doesn’t Cut It

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

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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.