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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Many factors can put a child’s safety in jeopardy. It is a parent’s job to ensure their children’s safety by being informed about what is going on in their lives as well as maintaining open communication with their children. Here are some tips on how to keep your children safe in those areas.

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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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A New Year often means change, growth and New Year resolutions. January is Drug and Alcohol Awareness Month, and here at Family Builders, we discuss how to keep your children drug and alcohol-free in our parenting classes. This is an important focus because substance abuse is not only the number one health problem in the state of Oklahoma but also in the nation (Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services). More devastatingly, addiction is a family disease meaning the traumatizing effects of addiction begin and end within the family dynamics.

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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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At Family Builders, our incredible staff is the foundation that supports our mission. In our last Meet the Team blog, we introduced you to one of our group facilitators, Katrina Zmaila. Next up, I’d like to introduce you to Britnee Joyner, our Director of Community Education & Outreach.

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