Entries by Youth First

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Blended Families Can Work

By Aisha Givens, LCSW – July 16, 2019 Blended families or stepfamilies are more common than ever. These families form when two partners make a life together with children from previous relationships. When families blend, it is rarely a smooth or easy process. These new families often form after a death, divorce, or separation of […]

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The Technological Scare

By Jenna Kruse, MSW – July 9, 2019 Technology has become a large part of our society; we depend on it to learn, inform, and connect with others daily. However, it can have negative effects as well.          Most of us probably know a young child who watches YouTube regularly. How often do we stop to […]

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Helping Children Through Grief

By Niki Walls, LSW – June 25, 2019 Death is a part of life, and grief comes along with it. Helping a child grieve and understand death can be very difficult. Psychiatrist Gail Saltz explains, “Children understand that death is bad, and they don’t like separation, but the concept of “forever” is just not present.” […]

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Building Character and the “Why” of it All

By Brandy Terrell, LCSW – June 18, 2019 It is the strength and originality in a person’s nature that defines their character, according to Google Dictionary. Character is also made up of the mental or moral qualities that are distinctive to each of us. I often wonder how my role as a mother contributes to […]

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Literacy is More Than Just Being Able to Read

By Heather Miller, LCSW – June 11, 2019 “Why do we have to read every day?  It’s summer!” protests my son.  Amidst moans and groans, the steadfast rule remains – 20 minutes of reading out loud daily.  I grow tired of giving my list of explanations and often want to just give in, but the […]

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Social Media Safety Tips for Children

By Amanda Jo Haney, MSW – June 4, 2019 In our modern society, social media is one of the most common ways we communicate with one another. This is true for adults and children. With summer break starting, many children will find even more time than usual to spend on their phones, tablets, or computers. […]

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Model Emotional Regulation for Children

By Deena Bodine, LCSW – May 14, 2019 Life can place many demands on us: work obligations, financial pressures, health issues…the list goes on. These life stressors can make it difficult to be at our best as parents, especially when we feel overwhelmed, frustrated, discouraged, or defeated. During this time, we may even begin second-guessing […]