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… HOPE with neuroscience to overcome early trauma

Last week, Dr. Bruce Perry presented to thousands of Oklahoma educators on how childhood experiences impact our brains and how to use a neurobiology-informed approach, also known as the Neurosequential Model, to better understand our children’s behaviors and their need for individualized care. Here is a video that explains developmental trauma and how using Dr.…

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Cultivate…COPING with Active instead of Avoidant Coping

We all have to cope with life’s challenges, but some methods are healthier than others. In general there are two coping styles: Active CopingThis type of coping involves an awareness of the problem or situation causing stress and conscious attempts to either reduce the resulting stress, eliminate the source of the stress, or both. Avoidant…

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Cultivate… SAFETY by Anticipating Reactions

This is our third week in a series on emotional safety. We’re looking at the six strategies of Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google. Google did a two year study on high-performing teams, and they found that the number one factor in performance was emotional safety. We’re taking these business team strategies and modifying…

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Cultivate… COPING by helping children after a traumatic event

Parents, caregivers, and other caring adults play a crucial role when helping children cope after they experienced a traumatic event. It is important for us adults to make sure that children with trauma feel safe in their environment as they go through their emotions of fear and grief. Here are some simple tips on helping…

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Cultivate… SAFETY by speaking human to human

Last week, we talked the first of six strategies rooted in positive psychology to create psychological safety. As a reminder, psychological safety is the belief that you will not be punished for making a mistake because everyone has trust for each of their team member. Here is tip #2 from Paul Santagata’s six strategies: 2.…

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