Entries by Youth First

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Why is Youth Sports Participation Decreasing?

By Jordan Nonte, MSW, LSW – February 21, 2024 There are many factors impacting sports and athletes today, including social media, cost to participate, time commitment, and hyper competitiveness. I think anyone could make the argument that sports help kids develop many skills that can benefit them in adulthood. However, since sports culture has been […]

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The Power of Small Therapeutic Moments

By Hannah Gill, MSW, LSW – February 7, 2024 These days it seems like a surprising number of children and teens are under significant stress, and this is likely true for many others in our communities. Research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic heightened anxiety and depression for many kids, and we are now seeing the […]

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Protecting Your Child’s Mental Health

By Kandace Troxell, Intern – January 17, 2024 When you have a baby, your world changes. Your entire focus on life shifts from yourself to keeping your newborn safe and happy. You are constantly holding them, cradling their head, and watching their every move to ensure their safety. As they grow into a toddler, you […]

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Self-Control vs. Redirection

By Aaron Ledford, MSW, LSW – January 10, 2024 Emotions, defined as human reactions we experience in response to events or situations, are a mysterious thing and an abstract concept. Without living our emotions out, they are not “real” concrete things. You can’t draw happiness, but you can draw a picture of something that makes […]