Youth Development Article Archive

Outdoor Activity Safety: Ice Thickness

With the recent cold weather, thoughts turn to ice fishing and other outdoor activities associated with winter, such as ice skating and cross country skiing. Outdoor activities are a healthy way to enjoy Mother Nature and her bounty. If some precautions are followed ice fishing and ice-skating can be a safe and relaxing activity. These activities may be great ways to fill some of the time off from school during the holiday season.

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Beat the Heat: ‘Cool’ Activities for Youth and Families

Camping, swimming, softball, picnics, and family vacations are just some of the activities that families look forward to during the summer. These events provide opportunities for exercise as well as family bonding. While summer is often the prime time for outdoor activities, in extreme heat, extra precautions need to be taken to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

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Stress Management Techniques for Youth

When one family member experiences stress, all members are affected. Family stress can be related to multiple factors such as financial struggles, mental health issues, or communication difficulties. These issues may be intensified during environmental phenomenon such as the current drought conditions across South Dakota. Although youth may experience stress related to the drought indirectly through their parents, the development of positive coping strategies among youth can reduce their personal stress while also decreasing the strain felt by other family members.

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Importance of Good Record Keeping: The Science & Engineering Notebook

The 4-H motto is ‘learn by doing’; but ‘doing’ includes so much more than just a once and done activity. Doing refers to the full process of completing a project – experiencing, sharing, understanding, relating, applying, recording, and reflecting. The act of recording in a notebook offers yet another layer of learning by providing an opportunity to reflect on what was done, what was learned, and engage youth in thinking about what’s next.

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Increasing Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Imagine a time in which you felt really positive about yourself. You probably felt confident and found it easy to interact with others. You felt happy and content. You did not feel the need to prove your worth. Self-esteem is a vital component within mental health and involves respect and a favorable view of oneself. A child’s self-esteem impacts how he or she interacts with the world. Low self-esteem can be seen in a child’s behavior, body language, and approach to life.

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4-H Teaching the Science Behind Distracted Driving

This year’s 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) experiment provides an opportunity for youth to explore the physics behind a moving vehicle. They learn about vehicle speed, momentum, and kinetic energy and the impact that they have on car crashes. In addition to providing an understanding of what happens during a collision, the 4-H NYSD experiment takes this lesson a step further and adds the element of distraction.

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Understanding Cultural Differences Helps Resolve Conflict

Can you remember back to when you were a child going on your first sleepover? Did you find yourself in unfamiliar routines or eating unfamiliar food? I remember thinking my friend’s family did things a lot different than my family. From how they did afterschool chores, to snacks and meals, to getting ready for bed and getting up the next day; it was all different. It was neither right nor was it wrong, it was just different than what I knew.

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Being a Team Member Resolves Conflict Constructively

Not all conflict is between two individuals, sometimes it is between or within groups of people. In these situations working as a team instead of a group will be beneficial to resolving a conflict. Knowing the differences between a group and a team will assist your group in working as a team which will lead to resolving any conflict that you may have more constructively.

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Communication is Key in Resolving Conflict

What thoughts come to mind when you hear the word “conflict”? Do you have thoughts of aggression, hostility, power struggles and bullies? Does just thinking of the word make you feel uneasy? Conflict seems to be something that most people want to avoid due to the fear of the confrontation in the conflict, the anger associated with the conflict or if the conflict is seen as destructive.

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