Social Media Apps Parents Should Watch Out For

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Dec 3, 2020 11:15:54 AM

In a world of ever-evolving technology and media, it is becoming increasingly difficult for parents to stay savvy about the newest apps and, more importantly, which ones are dangerous for their kids. Below you will find a list of popular apps that are dangerous or are tools used by online predators to reach out to young people.

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Topics: For Parents

Are Eating Disorders Considered Self-Harm?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 17, 2020 4:02:20 PM

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that impact at least 9% of the population worldwide. Second to opioid overdoses, they are among the deadliest mental illnesses, causing one death every 52 minutes.

Are eating disorders considered self-harm? Let’s get into what you need to know.

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Topics: For Parents, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, For Youth

What to Do When Your Child Hates School

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 17, 2020 1:27:23 PM

Most kids complain about their teachers, studying, or school at some point during their education. This commiseration is fairly normal, but what can you do if your child hates school? Consider the following tips.

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Topics: For Parents, Early Childhood, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Trouble in School

When Is It Appropriate for Your Child to Switch Schools?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 17, 2020 1:24:08 PM

Your child continues having issues at school. Maybe they’re experiencing bullying, having a difficult time making friends, or they keep bringing home bad grades. Is it time to switch schools? Consider these variables first. 

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Topics: For Parents, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Teachable Moments, Bullying, Trouble in School

What Is Going on With Your Insecure Teenager?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 16, 2020 11:53:27 AM

Everyone knows the teenage years can be chaotic and tumultuous. Adolescence represents a significant transition from childhood to adulthood, and the years can be rocky. 

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Topics: For Parents, Tweens, Behavior, Teachable Moments, Families, Trouble in School

How Parents Can Address Online Safety

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 16, 2020 11:45:57 AM

The average teenager spends about eight hours online each day. Although online safety is a critical part of living in modern society, many parents don’t exactly know what this security entails. Let’s get into the top online safety tips. 

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Topics: For Parents, Adolescents/Teens, Bullying, Online Safety

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

How Caring Adults Can Help Kids Develop

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 6, 2020 12:50:24 PM

The simple fact is that young people are more likely to grow up happy, healthy, and successfully able to take care of themselves when they have positive relationships with important people in their lives called “Developmental Relationships.”

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Topics: For Parents

What You Need To Know About Suicide in Idaho

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 4, 2020 8:19:39 AM

It's everyone's worst nightmare: Getting a call or finding out that someone you knew has completed suicide. People ask themselves, “Why?” They say things like, “I should have known. I wish I would have said something.”

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Topics: For Parents, "Suicide", childhood trauma

The Protective Factors - Social Connections

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 21, 2020 11:42:52 AM
“The greatest human need aside from food, water, and shelter is relationships.” - Justin Hacking, Clinical Supervisor at Idaho Youth Ranch.

Let’s face it - we need one another to survive. But this goes much deeper than the constructs of community and society. We need others in our lives who care about us, who listen, and who we know we can turn to when we need someone to lean on.

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Topics: For Parents, protective factors