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Managing Your Child’s Fears During the Pandemic

By Shannon Loehrlein, Youth First, Inc.  COVID-19 has led us into uncharted territory. Never before have schools across the country closed because of a pandemic.   As adults we may be worried about the future. How long will schools and businesses remain closed? We may also be worried about how closures will affect our monthly bills, […]

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Add Some Positivity to Your News Feed

By Jordan Beach, Youth First, Inc. With the current global health crisis, it seems like we are surrounded by doom-and-gloom information at all times. It’s easy to find negative news everywhere we look – on TV, on social media, and in written news.  More than ever, it is very important for us to be mindful […]

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Staying Calm in Uncertain Times

By Christine Weinzapfel-Hayden, Youth First, Inc. America has found itself in a medical crisis that most people didn’t see coming. There have been a lot of sudden changes in our lives that we weren’t anticipating. One of the most significant changes is the sudden break from school. Some school corporations have announced they will not resume school this year.   It is crucial […]

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Family Dinners Beneficial for Youth Development

By Salita Brown, Youth First, Inc.  Has your family enjoyed more time together, including family meals, during the pandemic? Before the worldwide health crisis, many families had seen the demands of everyday life cause a decline in traditional sit-down family dinners. Many families run from activity to activity, and it seems as though this family […]

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Impact of COVID-19 on Child Abuse

Considerations for 2020-2021 School Year  For Some Students:  home is not a safe and supportive environment.  may have faced neglect or abuse as a result of being in close proximity to caregivers for extended periods of time (without physical interaction with their service providers or schools.)  the economic strain of the pandemic and mental/emotional strain […]

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Strategies for Parents in Stressful Times

By Judith Kunst, Youth First, Inc.  Recently, Youth First offered a free workshop in Evansville called “Strategies for Parenting Stress.” Now that I’m working remotely and stuck at home 24/7 with my three teenage sons, I’m so glad I was there that night.  The presenter was Canadian social worker and self-care expert Charlene (Char) Richard, […]