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.

Pokemon Go: Good or Bad?

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 10, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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As Pokemon Go continues to sweep the nation, it’s inspiring more than Pokemon masters to take notice. Parents everywhere are starting conversations about whether this latest game craze is good--or bad--for kids’ health and development.

Some parents fear that the app is a poor excuse for quality time. Others simply worry about the sheer amount of hours their kids are spending hunting Pokemon!

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?” 

 

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. 

Fear and Respect: What’s the Difference?

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 4, 2018 2:08:00 PM

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The words “fear” and “respect” go hand-in-hand in the minds of many parents. In fact, confusing these two concepts is the number one mistake we see parents make at the Idaho Youth Ranch--which is why teaching parents the difference between fear-based and respect-centered parenting is one of the key ways we help rehabilitate families.

So what is the difference between fear and respect?

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.