Cultivate… RELATIONSHIPS by Understanding The Importance of Supportive Adult Relationships

Research has shown children with at least one supportive adult relationship will overcome hardships later in life, regardless of their upbringing. It is important for parents and caregivers to provide them with support along with other skills in order to strengthen their foundation of resilience they need to effectively cope with future possible stress and…

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Cultivate…COMMUNICATION during Stress

More than ever, there is a need to have important conversations and make important decisions with family members concerning changes to routine and other life adjustments. At the same time, one or more family members may be experiencing elevated levels of stress on a given day. Talk about a recipe for potential conflict! If you…

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Cultivate… KNOWLEDGE and learn the core functions of the brain

This week is Brain Awareness Week and for the next few days, we will be posting information about our brains and how they work! Today, we will talk about the core functions of the brain. The brain has three main sections of the brain: forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain. The forebrain is the largest and most…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS with Music

The idea for today’s post came from the pivotal scene in the movie, Her Smell, in which the main character’s struggle with addiction and mental illness leads to the destruction of her successful band, and a rift in her relationship with her daughter. (mild spoiler alert to follow) In this important scene, the main character…

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Cultivate… HABITS using cause and effect language

Children who understand the concept of cause and effect are more likely to think critically, engage in relationships more appropriately, and better understand outcomes of a situation. Using cause and effect language will help bring awareness to our thoughts and how they connect with our actions and behaviors. In order to teach our kids the…

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Cultivate… COPING with problem-focused or emotion-focused strategies

As we’ve mentioned before, coping skills are mechanisms we use to help us to regulate our emotions and reduce stress or anxiety. However, not all coping mechanisms are created equally. Depending on the situation is and what your main concern might be, there are two different types of coping strategies to use to help resolve…

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Cultivate… RELATIONSHIPS by respecting personal space

Positive peer relationships give children opportunities to improve their basic social skills and one important skill they will need to know is to respect others’ personal space. Here is a video on some ways to help young kids understand and respect personal space: For more ideas, visit https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/common-challenges/picking-up-on-social-cues/how-to-teach-your-child-about-personal-space.

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