Entries by Youth First

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Encouraging Creativity

By Ellen Dippel, MSW, December 3, 2018 – Technology gives us access to information at the speed of light and communication with others in an instant.  People can order their groceries, do all of their banking, and even take a college-level class – all with just a smart phone. There is an application for virtually […]

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Embracing Family Traditions

By Kacie Shipman, LSW, Nov. 21, 2018 – The holidays are coming, and many people have special family traditions they enjoy observing this time of year. Family traditions hold values and beliefs that are passed down from one generation to the next. Traditions help children feel a sense of belonging and consistency in their family. […]

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Teaching Kids to be Grateful

By Vicki Kirkman, LCSW, LCAC, Nov. 15, 2018 – Imagine the following scene: There are bright balloons, a delicious cake and a room full of happy friends celebrating your child’s birthday.  As each of the birthday gifts is unwrapped, you hold your breath and wait for your child to say, “Thank you!” It can be so […]

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Social Media Affects Young Minds

By Megan Lottes, LSW, Nov. 5, 2018 – You don’t have to look very far these days to find a preteen or teen glued to their phone texting and scrolling through social media. Like many things, social media has advantages and disadvantages. It breaks down geographical barriers, allows us to stay connected to family and […]

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Parenting is a Team Effort

By Jordan Beach, LSW, Oct 31, 2018 – Before having children I seriously undervalued the saying, “It takes a village.”  I had serious doubts that someone else could possibly know what was best for my child. Once that baby came home, however, it became increasingly clear at an alarmingly fast rate that raising this child […]