Cultivate… RELATIONSHIPS using 8 effective strategies with your teens!

To raise resilient teens, it is important for parents and other caring adults to empower teens’ sense of personal responsibility and to help them overcome tough situations by showing them guidance and affection. Teenagers will often times not ask for our support but as parents and caregivers, it is important for us to know they…

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Cultivate… RELATIONSHIPS by trusting yourself

Being able to trust ourselves makes us aware of our own thoughts and feelings without having to rely on others’ opinions. Having self-trust helps motivate us to pursue the things we want and to be kind to ourselves. We catch ourselves interacting with people who are negative and diminish our self-confidence. Other people’s negative thoughts…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS with the 16 personalities quiz?

Have you been to 16personalities.com? This fun website offers a free personality test based on the widely used Myers-Briggs method. Once you get your results, it gives you tips on your strengths and weaknesses as a parent, at work, and in relationships. It is a fantastic conversation starter for families. Isabel Briggs Myers believed that…

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Cultivate… RELATIONSHIPS and build a connection with others

A few days a ago, we looked at the three key skills necessary to overcome from traumatic experiences: Willingness to engage with the problem Connecting with others Knowing how to calm oneself when experiencing anxiety Today, we will focus on the second bullet and discuss why connecting with others is important. Relationships are a crucial…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS by softening your “start-up”

Remaining calmer longer during conflict is a predictor of a healthy relationship. Any relationship. Specifically though, couples who become hostile quickly during disagreements are more likely to break-up than those who don’t. As you might imagine, quick hostility damages intimacy. It sounds simple, but just choosing to remain calm during an argument can help activate…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS with non-monetary gifts.

You’ve probably noticed that there are less weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. For some of us that means additional time and money constraints on gift-buying. Not to worry, this blogger has truly cultivated the art of non-monetary gifts that build relationships! Her budget constraints turned out to be a blessing in disguise as…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS with a gratitude text!

On our second day of focusing on gratitude, join OKPTA Cultivate in a gratitude challenge: before you go to bed tonight, tell someone in your life why you are grateful for them. Write a handwritten letter, say it out loud, or just send a gratitude text! It’s easy, quick, free…and it will make someone’s day.…

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