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May 2020

How to build buffers against ACEs

JoAnn Farnsworth, a true champion for infant mental health in Hawai'i provided the recommendation of this excellent article from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality. The article provides keen insight into how we can provide protective factors- buffers, for children who have gone through stressful times.

"Pehea kou piko? piko naʻau?"

Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell, the widely respected and cultural icon of kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) stated that a traditional way for kanaka to greet each other was to say, "Pehea kou piko?" The piko that he is referring to is the belly button- the connection to our mothers through the umbilical cord- as well as our connection (even emotional connection) to the current world that we are living in. Dr. Blaisdell is quoted as saying, "The gut in the tradition of kanaka maoli is the seat of all...

[Excerpt] Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life

"Asking “why?” in one study appeared to cause the participants to fixate on their problems instead of moving forward." Check out this article and be the one to start the dialogue in our communities that will help us all move forward together! https://ideas.ted.com/the-right-way-to-be-introspective-yes-theres-a-wrong-way/

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