Cultivate…COMMUNICATION by validating your child’s emotions

According to the Oxford Dictionary, validation is defined as the “recognition or affirmation that a person of their feelings or opinions are valid or worthwhile.” So why is validation an important tool for parents and caregivers? Your validation shows your child that they and their feelings or opinions are important for you to listen and…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS by being an Upstander to Bullying

Instead of becoming a bystander to bullying, youth can become an “upstander” by taking action when they witness bullying occur. Their support can greatly impact their peer who is being bullied. Youth who are supported by upstanders tend to be less anxious and depressed. Upstanders will question the bullying behavior, redirect the conversation, help diffuse…

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Cultivate…COPING by validating the “feeling” but not necessarily the “coping mechanism”

Feelings are a normal part of the human experience, but often we shame children for certain feelings. Or we send the message that they should be able to “control” their feelings. Some research suggests that this can actually produce anxiety in children, who feel they must be in control of all of their emotions. Instead,…

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Cultivate..HOPE by re-framing negative thoughts

Consider showing your child this video of how this college athlete learned to re-frame her negative thoughts for better performance, and more importantly, better mental health. All of us can get stuck in negative self-talk, but did you know that positive thought habits are one of the best protective factors against depression? Most of us (kids and…

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Cultivate…SAFETY by sharing stories in a safe space!

Did you know that that there is a safe space for youth to discuss and share their stories about mental health and wellness? You Matter is a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness, created and administered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You Matter blog posts are…

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