3 Reasons Apologizing to Your Child Is Important

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


 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.

Defining a Family Culture

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 11, 2018 12:00:00 AM


What kind of family did you imagine you would create when you were younger?

Chances are, if your childhood was a happy one you imagined that your family would look very similar. On the other hand, if your childhood was difficult or traumatic, you probably hoped that the family you created one day would be different.

Fear and Respect: What’s the Difference?

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


 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.

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


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.