Being Human

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 18, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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3 Reasons Apologizing to Your Child Is Important

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. Kids need to understand that sometimes even parents make mistakes, and that you’ll take their feedback and feelings into account when you make an error or treat your child unfairly. There’s no such thing as a perfect parent--just a parent who respects his or her child enough to say “I’m sorry” when mistakes do happen.

Do as I Do: Modeling Respectful Behavior for Children

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 5, 2018 3:12:00 PM

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Have you ever been angry with your child for acting exactly like you? Don't worry- you are not alone! Here are a few helpful hints about setting a good example for your child.

Do as I Do: Modeling Respectful Behavior for Children

 

We’ve all heard the expression “Do as I say, not as I do.” But with kids, especially younger children, just the opposite is true. While words are important, actions and example are a far more powerful force for good--and ill--when it comes to helping children learn to be respectful and considerate of others. 

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 No. 1 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.