Entries by Youth First

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Staying Calm in Uncertain Times

By Christine Weinzapfel-Hayden, LCSW – March 31, 2020 – 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.   […]

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Allowing Your Kids to Fail

By Jordan Beach, LSW – March 24, 2020 – Let’s take some time to talk about one of those dreaded “F” words…failure. A lot of times we think of failure as the worst-case scenario. Failure is viewed as the thing that happens when you weren’t prepared or you didn’t try hard enough. Take a moment […]

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The Importance of Family Rituals

By Deena Bodine, LCSW – March 10, 2020 – We live in a society that glamorizes busyness. Our calendars are full, but we may be left feeling less than fulfilled at the end of the day.  We spend our days busy with work and parenting responsibilities, squeezing in time for maintaining a household requiring chores […]

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Kids Learn Responsibility From Daily Chores

By Keisha Jackson, MSW – March 3, 2020 – Chores. They can be defined as simple everyday tasks that few of us enjoy but all of us need to complete to keep a household running smoothly.   It’s a given that adults in the household should do their part and lead by example.  However, when it comes to […]

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It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Boundaries

By Sophia Blaha, LSW – April 2, 2019 For most parents, talking about boundaries begins with simple statements such as “No hitting,” “Don’t push,” and “Ask before taking things from someone else.”   As a parent I know I say these statements often, but I also try to instill a deeper understanding of boundaries in […]

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Managing Stress for Middle School Students

By Kelsey Weber, LSW – March 26, 2019 Middle school students are faced with challenges each and every day.  Whether these challenges come from home, school, friends, or other environmental factors, stress can overwhelm kids. Stress is an uncomfortable feeling someone develops when they’re scared, angry, worried, or frustrated, which affects their mood and body […]