Entries by Youth First

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The Benefits of Outdoor Play

By Lizzie Raben, MSW, LSW – June 20, 2024 – Are children disconnecting from nature? According to The National Recreation and Parks Association, today’s children spend less time outdoors than any other generation. On average, children spend less than 10 minutes per day outside in unstructured play, compared to seven hours spent indoors in front […]

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Celebrating Pride in Southern Indiana

By Sarah Laury, MSW, LCSW – May 30, 2024 – The month of June is Pride month, dedicated to celebrating and recognizing members of the LGBTQIA+ community as well as supporters and allies. Pride is celebrated during the month of June in honor of the Stonewall Uprising, which took place in New York City on […]

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Teens, Sleep and Screen Time

By Amanda Haney, MSW, LSW – May 29, 2024 – How does screen time affect your child’s sleep patterns? Sleep is important to growing and developing brains. According to the CDC, toddlers need 11-14 hours of sleep, preschool-aged kids need 10-13 hours, school-aged kids needs 9-12 hours, teens need 8-10 hours, and adults need at […]

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The Power of a Positive Mindset

By Haley Droste, MSW, LCSW – May 22, 2024 – Everyone knows someone with a “glass half-empty” attitude about life. It seems like a dark cloud just follows them around, and it can be exhausting to spend too much time with them. We also know people who are just the opposite; they always see the […]

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Back to the Basics – Finding Assistance in Indiana

By Heather Miller, LCSW – May 3, 2024 – Food. Fuel. Utilities. Clothing. Medical bills. Vehicle maintenance. The cost of everything has increased substantially, leaving many Hoosiers wondering how to stay afloat. The struggle to meet basic needs is overwhelming for many. According to the Department of Agriculture, almost 7 million families noted missing meals […]

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Got Grit?

By Leah Doughty, LMHCA – April 30, 2024 The term “grit,” coined by psychologist Angela Duckworth, is characterized by a combination of resilience, determination, and persistence, even in the face of setbacks and obstacles. In the face of all of life’s challenges, helping your child develop grit is more important than ever. However, it is […]