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

What Is Emotional Regulation, and How Will It Help Your Child Succeed?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 24, 2020 3:49:33 PM

We've all been there. You’re standing in the grocery store at the exact moment your child decides to have an emotional outburst because they're out of his favorite candy or she wants a particular type of cereal—or for no particular reason at all. We've all had those moments where our kids’ emotions become too much for us to handle and the embarrassment and frustration and overwhelming swell of our own emotions lead us to have rough days as parents.

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Topics: For Parents, Teachable Moments, Family Counseling, dbt, mindfulness

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

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

Success Story: TeleMental Health

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 6, 2020 3:26:09 PM

“When routines get disrupted at home, kids don’t have the emotional vocabulary to communicate how that added stress affects them. That’s when we see them acting out,” said Justin Hacking, LCPC, who is the Clinical Supervisor at Idaho Youth Ranch.

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Topics: Family Counseling, Success Stories

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

Building Future Generations of Healthy Families

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Idaho Youth Ranch has helped over 2,000 families through the highly effective and evidence-based intervention of FFT. This approach breaks down walls of anger, resentment, and frustration in families and rebuilds relationships based on respect and healthy communication. What does that mean for Idaho’s families?
  • Fewer young people spending time in jail instead of classrooms
  • Solving the cause of dangerous behaviors instead of the symptoms
  • Giving families the tools they need to stay together

Studies show that healthy families create healthy communities everywhere. 

 

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Topics: Family Counseling, Programs and Services

How Does Idaho Youth Ranch Save Families?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 18, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It... is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be. 

Marianne E. Neifert, Dr. Mom's Parenting Guide

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Topics: Family Counseling, Programs and Services

A Struggling Family Gets a Fresh Start

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 After nine months of living in a shelter, with her husband incarcerated and her children in foster care, Janine managed to find housing and a job and finally got her kids back. But the family’s challenges were far from over. All that upheaval and uncertainty was tough to bounce back from. Sibling conflicts and even violence erupted and became daily occurrences at home.

Janine felt like a failure, a “bad mom” who didn’t know how to set ground rules for her children or stop the fighting. She turned to IYR Family Counseling for help.

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Topics: Family Counseling, Programs and Services

Opening Hearts and Minds With Metaphors

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 6, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Opening Hearts and Minds With Metaphors

The well-practiced professionals on IYR’s Family Counseling staff know that patience, empathy, and especially creativity are keys to helping clients break old patterns and create true change in their lives.

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Topics: Family Counseling, Programs and Services