Family Builders believes in healthy relationships where both people are free to be themselves, understand each other’s values, and accept each other without trying to change one another. To do this, there needs to be a high level of open communication free of frustration and confusion. Here are four steps for effective communication in a healthy relationship.

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COVID-19 stress plus the holiday season stress has many people on edge. Many of us are separated from our families due to social distancing or due to reasons caused by our involvement in a domestic violence situation. However, during these times, it is imperative to remember to have gratitude for the things you do have and the things that are going well in your life.

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It’s October, which means Domestic Violence Awareness Month is here. COVID-19 is making the already high numbers of Domestic Violence rise beyond average in Oklahoma. Oklahoma is ranked sixth for the highest rate of physical intimate partner violence, and there are over 21,000 calls every 15 minutes to domestic violence hotlines, according to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence.

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We all have experiences in life that hurt us. It is how we deal with that hurt and our reactions that determine how quickly we will move forward. Last month we touched on Core Value, what it is, and how it benefits you. This month we are discussing more about Core Hurts, which creates an abrupt drop in someone’s self-esteem, value, and confidence.

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We all can probably agree that 2020 has been a weird year. With the mandatory quarantine in most states due to COVID-19, many people began to experience symptoms of sadness and depression. It is also very easy to forget your value and worth when you are stuck indoors and unable to go to work, school, or out to social events. Being reminded of your core value is most important at this time for your mental state and your personal security that comes from within.

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It’s no secret words have a significant impact on all human beings, but to our children, words of encouragement and praise can lead to achieving milestones and creating self-value. A compliment, a gesture, a facial expression, a simple hug, or a high-five can generate self-worth and pride in children. As children grow older, gaining approval from a parent or guardian becomes very important in their lives.

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Domestic violence is a significant problem in the state of Oklahoma. Nationally, Oklahoma is ranked sixth for the highest rate of physical intimate partner violence, and there are over 21,000 calls every 15 minutes to domestic violence hotlines, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Oklahoma leaders know the statistics and are ready to…

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We have all encountered that one person who is closed off and set in their ways. More often than not, it gets under our skin and we are completely exhausted being around them. Being close-minded will literally suck the life out of you, but the good news is you can change it. You can change…

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Over the years, Christmas trees have become an iconic representation of the holiday season. What was once a simple decoration has evolved into something so much more.

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The fantastic team at Family Builders works diligently every day to help provide healing to our community, and each one has a deep passion for our mission. In our last Meet the Team blog, we introduced you to our Director of Community Education & Outreach, Britnee Joyner. This time, I’d like to introduce you to Gail Cato-Strong, our Family Counseling Therapist and Clinical Director.

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