Class of 2020: The Impact of COVID-19 on High School Seniors

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 17, 2020 4:15:22 PM


Senior year is an exciting time for most high school seniors. The last prom, signing yearbooks, mock elections, reminiscing on years spent roaming the halls, and participating in afterschool activities are all anticipated. Seniors need time to cherish the last moments of their childhood while mentally preparing for the future. Time to thank their favorite mentors and soak up time with friends before forging their own paths. Tragically, for the class of 2020, COVID-19 cut this time short, canceling not only prom, graduation, and the last sporting events of the year, but also the closure they were looking forward to having before starting their next chapters.

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 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.

How to Help Your Struggling Child

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 16, 2019 8:29:01 AM


It can be challenging to know just what to do when your child is struggling. The chances are that they don't know how to express exactly what they're feeling or what caused these problems--which means that you can be left feeling confused and helpless. The good news is that there are some simple, powerful ways you can help your struggling child by making them feel safe, loved, and listened to.

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.

7 Tips for Having “The Talk” With Your Kids

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


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.

Social Media Dangers and the Effects of Cyberbullying

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 14, 2018 9:58:05 AM


In this digital age we now find ourselves in, it is easier than ever for kids and teens to bully their peers. In this digital world, bullies can say something harmful without having to see the physical reactions of their victim or visually experience the effects of their words. To understand the injustice more fully, we first have to admit it exists, educate ourselves, and then take actions to prevent and protect the children in our care.