Cultivate…COPING by Teaching Resilience during Embarrassment

Everyone gets embarrassed, but children especially can have a hard time putting embarrassment into perspective. Here are two great tips for helping your child process embarrassment: Take your child’s feelings seriously, but don’t overreact. Telling your child that their experience is no big deal, might be interpreted as equivalent to saying that their feelings are…

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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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Cultivating… COMMUNICATION with Self-Empowering Mantras

Everyone knows that self-care is important and having a self-care routine can reduce our anxiety and restore our energy (physically and mentally). But sometimes, we lack the motivation to practice self-care. So what do we do if once we lose motivation and energy to continue our self-care routines? The answer: positive self-talk. We’ve mentioned before…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS by being a safe place for your teen’s difficult emotions

We often confuse mental wellness with feeling good all of the time. While it’s true that practicing optimism, gratitude, and other wellness skills can drastically improve mental health, we will never be exempt from experiencing uncomfortable emotions. Sadness, anxiety, grief, loneliness, and more are all normal during this time. In a recent article for in…

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Cultivate… KNOWLEDGE and Learn About The Science of Risk Factors

There are many factors that contribute to behavioral health so it’s important for us to identify the risk factors that are associated to negative outcomes by providing opportunities to increase protective factors that prevents or reduce the risk factor’s impact. To better understand the science of risk factors, here is a video from Communities That…

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