Entries by Youth First

Taking Care of Child’s Physical, Emotional Needs is Essential

By Katherine Baker, LCSW, Courier & Press, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 Unfortunately, all too often we hear stories in the media about children and teens being neglected.  Neglect can take many forms, including lack of housing, food  and medical care, failure to teach basic personal care, and withholding love and affection.  In neglect situations, the […]

Red Ribbon Week Activities Coming to Local Schools

By Katie Omohundro, LCSW, and Jenna Bowman, Courier & Press, October 24, 2017 Every fall communities and schools around the country honor a week known as Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the National Family Partnership. Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 to raise awareness of drug abuse and drug-related violence.  Although Red Ribbon Week is […]

The Challenges of Parenting Tweens

By Heather Miller, LCSW, Courier & Press, Oct. 17, 2017 “Why did Jack score two goals and I didn’t score any?” “I’m terrible at soccer. I should just quit.” “Everyone else in my class knows how to do this math problem but me. I’m awful at it.” “You just don’t understand.” And so it begins… […]

Dealing With Anxiety

By Amber Russell, Courier & Press, Oct. 3, 2017 Thump, Thump, Thump. Everything feels like it’s going in slow motion. All I can hear is my heart beating, which feels like it is going to beat right out of my chest. I can’t breathe. I can’t think. I’m starting to sweat. Thoughts begin swirling in […]

The Wonderful Truth About Cats and Dogs

By Lori Powell, LCSW, Courier & Press, September 26, 2017 I have always loved animals, especially cats. Throughout my professional life I have noticed that sharing photos of my cats and keeping small stuffed animals in my office has helped initiate and continue conversations with children and adults, helping me build trusting relationships. As a […]

Reducing Meltdowns

By Laura Keys, LCSW, Courier & Press, Sept. 19, 2017 If you are the parent or caregiver of a young child, you have most likely experienced the dreaded meltdown or temper tantrum. You also know it is not a delightful experience for you or your child. Children do not like to feel out of control […]

Live a Little and Laugh a Lot

By Emily Sommers, MSW, Courier & Press, Sept. 12, 2017 A few weeks ago Dan, my significant other, came home and was in an upbeat mood and chiming, “Hee, Hee, Hee, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ho, Ho, Ho.”  The whole family ended up joining in at some point, and this activity created a lot of fun […]

German American Title Sponsor for Heart of Youth First Luncheon

German American Bank was the title sponsor for the Heart of Youth First luncheon held on Thursday, Sept. 7th, 2017, at Washington Junior High. At the luncheon, Youth First paid tribute to corporations, foundations and individuals in Daviess County who have supported Youth First’s work in the Washington community in the past year.

Help for Stressed Out Kids

By Vicki Kirkman, Courier & Press, Sept. 5, 2017 Stress is a natural part of life and something that everyone experiences. It can be positive or negative and affect your daily life greatly if not managed appropriately. In some situations, stress can motivate us to do better or work toward hard-to-reach goals. Other circumstances can […]

Striking a Balance – Time Management for a New School Year

By Lisa Cossey, LCSW, Courier & Press, August 29, 2017 With most children already back at school for a new year, many families will find themselves in a struggle for the ages: wants versus needs. Many families have difficulty finding a balance between work and play. But what if the struggle is between your child’s […]