Cultivate… COMMUNICATION by understanding the Family Communication Patterns Theory

According to the Family Communication Patterns Theory, there are four different types of family communication patterns: consensual, pluralistic, protective, and laissez-faire. These patterns differ in their level of conversation and conformity so wherever your family is at on the spectrum, your family’s communication style will fall in one of the four patterns of communication. Take…

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Cultivate… COMMUNICATION with your child’s teacher

Sometimes its hard to advocate for our children when we do not know the right questions to ask. Part of that is because we sometimes feel uncomfortable talking with the teachers about our concerns around our children’s behavioral health. However, teachers are excellent sources of information as they will help you understand your child’s classroom…

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Cultivate… COMMUNICATION with vision boards!

Effective communication skills not only allow us to express our needs and our feelings with others, it helps us improve our self-efficacy, empathy, and effective listening skill. Parents and caring adults are already teaching their kids communication skills and oftentimes, they are teaching kids communication skills without words. Nonverbal communication still allows us to express…

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Cultivate…COMMUNICATION with Presence over Presents

Giving gifts can be a wonderful way of practicing generosity. For many of us, gift-giving is our love language and can bring us so much holiday joy. Still, sometimes making it through our holiday shopping list can become overwhelming and burdensome. Remember, just as we are looking forward to being with the ones we love,…

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Cultivate…COMMUNICATION about movies and messages of wellness

Every year Positive Psychology News gives out Positive Psychology Awards for movies! If you plan to catch up on some movie watching over the holidays, these awards might provide some great discussion points. Please note OKPTA Cultivate hasn’t vetted every single movie and award justification in the list, but it is our hope that this…

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Cultivate…COMMUNICATION with children when a love one is addicted

Is there a child in your life who has a loved one that is experiencing addiction? It can be hard to know what to say, but here are some guidelines and resources. One easy thing is to memorize, repeat, and teach the 7 C’s as much as possible. Everyone learns through repetition. These mantras need…

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Cultivate…COMMUNICATION when someone shares good news by using “active construction”

We know good relationships maintain positive communication in times of conflict, but did you know that some research suggests that being positive during the positive is almost more important?! When your child shares their good news with you, it is a gift. You don’t have to be excited about all of the same things as…

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