Cultivate… SAFETY During Online Learning for School

By now, your school district may have put out different learning options for students as they plan for students to return to school. Most school districts are providing their families with an online option where students will receive instructions virtually from home. With this option, it is critical for parents/caregivers and teachers to remind their…

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Cultivate… COMMUNICATION with Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a patient-centered, communication technique that is commonly used by counselors to help motivate clients change behaviors and to help them explore and resolve conflicts. Motivation interviewing is backed by research, showing its effectiveness to increase motivation in individuals who may have been unwilling to change in the first place. Motivational interviewing is…

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Cultivate… RELATIONSHIPS and Help Kids Avoid Negative Self-Criticism

Children will say negative things about themselves and it is our role as caring adults to help direct them away from destructive self-talk. Constructive self-talk is very common and we all do it to ourselves and when we hear our children talk about themselves constructively, it may not raise any concerns. But how would we…

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Cultivate…RELATIONSHIPS with Poetry

Poetry week continues… Here is a fun one by Shel Silverstein, which embodies the “win-win mentality” we’ve discussed in a previous post, but in the poet’s characteristically playful way! Hug O’ WarI’d rather play at hug o’ war,Where everyone hugsInstead of tugsWhere everyone gigglesAnd rolls on the rug,Where everyone kissesAnd everyone grinsAnd everyone cuddlesAnd everyone…

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Cultivate… SAFETY by Creating a Safety Plan for PTSD Symptoms

If you, your child, or another loved one has PTSD, then you probably already know that symptoms of PTSD can be unpredictable in which that they can happen at any moment. Some PTSD symptoms to look out for are avoidance, negative thoughts, and emotional distress. And because it is PTSD Awareness Month and National Safety…

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Cultivate… KNOWLEDGE during PTSD Awareness Month

Did you know June is also PTSD Awareness Month? PTSD, or posttraumatic stress disorder, is a mental health disorder that can be developed after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event such as a natural disaster, car accident, being a victim or witness to violence, or death of a close family member or friend. Research has…

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Cultivate… RELATIONSHIPS and know the difference between healthy and unhealthy teen relationships

As our children grow into their teenage years, they may start to experience some complications in their relationships with their friends. Healthy relationships with other peers gives our teens the opportunity to develop their social skills, learn how to cooperate with others, resist negative peer pressure, and effectively resolve conflicts. In this short video, your…

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