Entries by Youth First


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]