Greetings! Welcome to Youth Service Bureau’s monthly e-newsletter, where we will feature blogs, articles and tips on relevant parenting and youth development topics!
At YSB, we take a team-focused approach to helping families identify the pieces needed to build a healthy family AND build strategies to fit it all together.
We encourage you to utilize these free, mobile-friendly, online resources wherever you go. And remember– you’re never alone in meeting the challenges of raising kids and teens.
Winter Driving Tips for Teens and Families
Our Minnesota Winter Wonderland can be fun and beautiful! But the snowy, icy roads that follow are certainly not!
And despite that busy, well constructed family calendar full of driving kids to school, appointments, practices and other outings… there WILL be days when challenging weather is bound to interfere.
With many teens as first time winter drivers… and many younger ones learning by watching parents from the backseat- now is a great time to teach – and model – safe winter driving!
YSB: Helping Families THRIVE Through the Holidays!
If you are a student in school, an extended vacation can feel like a MAGICAL time of the year!
But as many parents know, they are often also riddled with arguing siblings, even more messes around the house, busy travel plans and … the dreaded battle about appropriate limits of screen time.
So in this joyous but often hectic season, YSB endeavors to help you THRIVE- not just survive- the holidays!
YSB and Community Partners Build “Brighter Futures” Together!
Early intervention has the power to change lives, and for 40 years, YSB and our community partners continue to prove it!
We are proud and excited to partner with our local communities to provide expert resources to families navigating the rapids of raising kids and teens in today’s media-driven world!
Take a look at the lineup of FREE events in the next few weeks- where YSB staff will be presenting and available to answer questions on a variety of topics. We can’t wait to see you there!
Can’t make it to an event? Or need more personalized support? We’re only a call – or click- away, at ysb.net.
Building Kids Back Up in the Face of Bullying
Fear. Isolation. Embarrassment. Hurt.
Memories of intense emotions like these, and more, often come flooding back to adults as the young people in their lives face a new generation of bullies.
But often, the good intentions of adults telling a kid to “just ignore it”, or running out to fix it for them, doesn’t always have the meaningful effect intended.
That’s because, even though many of the feelings are the same, the game has changed. Bullies at school, in the community and online, make it nearly impossible to get a break from the stress and pain of the negative self-image some bullies work so hard to perpetuate. Feeling “trapped” and “desperate” become all too real outcomes.
NO ONE deserves to be bullied. And no one should have to face it alone.
We encourage you to utilize the free online resources below- and to SHARE these resources with others- to help build kids back up!
Restoring Hope and Strength: Together We Can Prevent Suicide
Fortunately, we are not the only voice. EVERYONE has a role to play in Suicide Prevention.
Myths vs. Facts: Identifying Perceptions around Underage Consumption
With Fall right around the corner, it is hard to avoid the increasing reminders of the immenent -back to school- transitions ahead.
For many youth, this season of change leads to many uncertainties about friendships, fitting in, finding their way in new schools, or moving off to college. As the stress of the unknown builds, or even pressure to make the most of what’s left of their “freedom,” now is a perfect time to revisit your own views on underage drinking- and share that view with your family.
Empowering Teens to Build Healthy Relationships in a Digital Age
In the age of Social Media, YSB strives to ensure youth and parents have access to the knowledge and tools needed to protect against those who would exploit vulnerable youth.
You may have read recent news articles, including those in the Woodbury Bulletin, which highlight a very real and shocking trend growing across Washington County: our youth are increasingly exposed to manipulation and victimization from adult sex offenders, both in person and online. Particularly, those with low self-esteem and/or mental health challenges, like depression.
Whether digital or face to face, all teens deserve to learn about, and experience, healthy relationships. Here are resources to improve open communication about relationships with your teen, strengthen their own self-esteem and identify digital abuse.
“Log On to Social Media” webinar – plus tools to navigate teens’ screen time this summer!
Summer is nearly here! But just because kids and teens have a few months out of school, it doesn’t necessarily mean their days are “carefree”. Increased amounts of unstructured time, for most youth, means more time online—including social media.
While there are pros and cons to many of the apps out there, alarmingly, 88% of Social-Media using teens have seen others be mean online. To help you and your teens navigate screen time this summer, this month’s resources are all about helping parents:
*encourage safe and respectful behavior online.
*keep up with new apps and need to know lingo.
*know what you can do to support your child or teen who has been impacted by others’ hurtful words and actions online.
Screenagers – find out who they are, plus tips to help in times of crisis
While May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Month – the sudden loss of several young people in our Washington County community elevates this “month” of awareness to a much more personal level.
It also reaffirms us at YSB in our most important role and mission: to help youth and families build “Brighter Futures” in the face of challenges and adversity. This means a continued and intentional focus on prevention and early intervention for youth and teens through resources and professional support.
And in this time of need, it means YSB therapists going to the schools to support the students and faculty as they grieve together.
We know that raising kids can be overwhelming at times, especially as they face stress, grief and loss. We encourage you to utilize the free online resources below and others found on our mobile-friendly website, so you never feel alone in meeting the challenges of raising kids and teens.
Learn why “You’re Grounded” doesn’t work and more tips for parenting teens
Picture this: your teenager comes home past curfew and finds himself grounded for two weeks. He isn’t allowed to leave the house or contact his friends outside of school.
It seems like a good plan… until the two weeks are up and he decides to stay out even later than before. He may think, “I was only grounded for two weeks. What’s the big deal?”
Grounding is one of the many discipline strategies parents turn to when their teens make poor decisions. So why does “You’re grounded!” never seem to work so well, and what can parents try instead?