My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims of the recent tornado in Oklahoma.  On my facebook page, I’d posted this quote, which I find to be extremely hopeful:images-1

There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities, such as compassion, courage, and hope.  Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart ~ Daisaku Ikeda

Watching the news coverage, and reading this quote, forces me to acknowledge and revere the need for the resiliency of the human spirit.  I’m not someone who naturally handles crisis or stress well, but I marvel at those who can.  Moreover, I want my kids to learn those critical skills.  Through my work with CARES, I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of child and mental health experts.  Local therapist Ava Diamond gave community parents some insight into this very issue, which I am sharing with you in Raising Resilient Kids.

As an aside, if you are interested in helping the victims in Oklahoma, this article offers several options:  Help Oklahoma Victims