We know that working families are experiencing some challenging times right now and we hope that our posts may become useful to families who are trying to plan for the school year. But the big question is: how can we make working from home and virtual school work? We understand that many working families are…Read More
Cultivate…HOPE with Forts!
Building forts is a natural impulse for most children, but right now they may be more beneficial than ever. Here are a few ways forts provide hope for kiddos: They provide children with a safe space that they are in control of. Children can’t control whether or not they see their friends, what their back…Read More
Cultivate… HOPE By Finding Sources of Connection and Joy
COVID-19 has posed significant challenges in our nation and we are continuing our efforts to overcome these challenges every single day. But what if we start thinking how COVID-19 has also posed opportunities for creativity and innovation throughout every level of our ecological system? It is happening right now! From various levels between national to…Read More
Cultivate…HOPE through the Power of “Yes and…”
Being able to acknowledge multiple truths in a situation can be powerful and healthy. This is especially true when it comes to our emotions because it helps us to practice self-awareness and self-acceptance. The power of “yes and…” versus “either or” thinking can also be healthy when it comes to social issues because it can…Read More
Cultivate…HOPE with Poetry
Art in all its forms has the power to remind us of what is important and what inspires us. Art connects us within this human experience. We hope this poem will remind your family of the power of hope. Hope is the thing with feathers Emily Dickinson – 1830-1886 Hope is the thing with feathersThat perches…Read More
Cultivate…HOPE with Radical Acceptance
In life we face many challenges, big and small. When a problem causes us stress or discomfort we have four options: Solve the problem, change your perception of the problem, radically accept the situation, or stay miserable. Marsha Linehan, the creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Even though we sometimes unconsciously choose it, none of us wants…Read More
Cultivate… HOPE with The 30 Days of Gratitude Summer Challenge!
This summer, we are inviting you and your family to join us in the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge! In this challenge, children are motivated to complete a gratitude task everyday for 30 days. Not only does it teaches them the various ways of practicing gratitude, it also teaches them how to reflect on the…Read More
Cultivate…HOPE with Grover!
In this charming interview with Grover from Sesame Street, Grover explains his coping skills for COVID-19. Some kids may be asking “when will the pandemic be over?”. Experts recommend honesty about the uncertainty of this time, but also making a list of things your child does have control over. Teaching kids to focus on what…Read More
Cultivate… HOPE and Take Action Against The Opioid Crisis
National Prevention Week incorporates daily themes to focus on substance abuse topics and today, we will be talking about preventing prescription drugs and opioid misuse. According to SAMHSA, about 51% of individuals aged 12 years obtained prescription pain relievers in the past year from a friend or relative. In fact, about 6%-7% of Oklahoma students…Read More
Cultivate… HOPE with Daily Parenting Tips During COVID-19
While we are in a middle of a crisis, many institutes and organizations are coming together with resources and expertise to support families while they juggle work and childcare at home. The Child Mind Institute is offering daily parenting tips to provide parents and caregivers with hope and assistance during COVID-19. Their daily tips consists…Read More