10 Ways to Compliment Kids & Build Resilience

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 17, 2020 4:43:56 PM

One of the most basic needs of every child is the need for their parents’ approval. This is so important that it is at the basis of self-esteem, self-worth, and even their identity as they grow.

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Behavior, Raising Respectful Children, Child Development, Programs and Services, Covid-19, 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

Choosing the Right Therapist For Your Child

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

There's so much to consider when it comes to child counseling that many parents can begin to feel overwhelmed. It's essential to take things one step at a time so that you feel comfortable with your choices and so that your child gets the most out of counseling. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a therapist.

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Topics: Counseling, Programs and Services

Normal Teen Behavior Vs. Troubled Behavior

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on May 9, 2019 12:31:19 PM

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

EAP: the Healing Power of Horses at IYR

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 3, 2017 12:00:00 AM

At the Idaho Youth Ranch, equine therapy is available to children and families who participate in any of our programs and services, not only kids in residential care. That includes family therapy, group and individual counseling, short-term crisis relief, even adoption services--because it gets such great results.

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Topics: Equine Therapy, 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

Youthworks! blog: Z’s journey

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM

One of the first things you’ll notice about Z * is her very shy demeanor, but she hasn’t let that define who she is or what she wants to be: a designer for clothing supergiant, Adidas.

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Topics: Youthworks, Programs and Services

From Homelessness to a High School Formal

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Oct 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

It’s the little things that can mean so much to a teenager whose only idea of “normal” is homelessness. Things like having a safe place to stay, regular meals, access to showers and clean clothes to change into- or going to your high school dance with someone you really like.

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Topics: Hays House, Programs and Services

Making a Difference: Service Learning at IYR

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM


One of the key ingredients to a promising future is a sense of belonging and feeling connected to others and valued for what you have to offer. That’s why volunteering, or what we call service learning, is such an important part of treatment at IYR.

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Topics: Service Learning, Programs and Services