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… 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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