Cultivate… COMMUNICATION with The Power of Pause

Did you know that taking a moment of silence in between statements is actually an important skill to mindful communication? Children (and adults) who don’t have the skills to control their impulsive behaviors tend to be more reactive (immediate and without conscious thought) than responsive (longer, thoughtful action) in a stressful situation. So when kids…

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Cultivate…KNOWLEDGE about Helping Children Deal with Media Coverage of Community Problems

The Disaster Media Intervention (DMI)¬†Toolkit can help parents or teachers discuss media coverage of traumatic events including racial injustice and police violence, pandemics, natural disasters, shootings, and more. There are three primary goals for discussion with young people: Encourage Dialogue: Encourage students to talk about their feelings and concerns with a trusted adult. Establish a…

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Cultivate…HABITS around Screen Time

Cultivating good habits around screen time is important to child development. In fact, “the more screen time [children] logged, the lower their skills in language, literacy, imagery, and self-regulation. This was even found on a structural level – the white matter tracts within the brain were affected.” (source:https://www.forbes.com/sites/fernandezelizabeth/2019/12/12/screen-time-habits-start-at-a-young-age/#7ca3d7f92471) Still, this is a guilt-free zone, and right now…

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Cultivate… SAFETY by Eliminating Toxic Influences

As we wrap up Mental Health Month, we are sharing Mental Health America’s Tools 2 Thrive toolkit, which is filled with tools and resources that everyone can use to improve their mental health, resiliency, and emotional safety. On average, 80% of Americans have experienced emotional abuse. Therefore, Eliminating Toxic Influences is one of the many…

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Cultivate… KNOWLEDGE and Understand Oklahoma’s Law on Reporting Child Abuse

Did you know that every single person in Oklahoma, including you and me, are legally obligated to make a report if a child under the age of 18 is suspected to be a victim of abuse or neglect? In fact, under Oklahoma’s Title 10A, Section 1-2-101, it is a misdemeanor offense for anyone who fails…

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Cultivate… COMMUNICATION by Sharing Feelings Through Art

Are you curious to how your child is feeling but he or she struggles with communication? This can be very frustrating to parents and caregivers to not know how their child is feeling during difficult times such as experiencing a loss in the family, stay-at-home orders due to the pandemics, or even bullying situations. That…

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Cultivate… RELATIONSHIPS By Asking Your Kids For Advice

Do you sometimes catch yourself stepping in to help get your kids out of a sticky situation? Have they ever asked you to bring their homework to school because they forgot it at home and it was due? Been there, done that. But as a friendly reminder, it is also important to remember that children…

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Cultivate… COMMUNICATION and Talk To Kids About The Dangers of Marijuana and Illicit Drugs

National Prevention Week incorporates daily themes to focus on substance abuse topics and today, we will be talking about preventing illicit drug use and youth marijuana use. Did you know individuals between the ages of 12-25 years who use marijuana could potentially experience opioid misuse, heavy alcohol use, and major depressive episodes (SAMHSA 2019)? As…

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Cultivate… RELATIONSHIPS and Prevent Your Child From Drinking Alcohol

National Prevention Week incorporates daily themes to focus on substance abuse topics and today, we will be talking about preventing underage drinking and alcohol misuse. Did you know that 60% of individuals between the ages of 12-20 reported using alcohol in the past month were also binge alcohol users? Binge drinking equals 5 or more…

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