“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss   Dr. Seuss knew how to engage children while communicating big messages to adults at the same time. What a great reminder – a person has rights, boundaries, worth, … Continued

Self-Care 2018

Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes professional level skills in child development, domestic arts and diplomacy – especially when you have more than one little one at home. Mothering, in particular, can be a challenging role in … Continued


Keeping Christmas All The Year   “And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.”   Written more than 150 years ago, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol … Continued

School Supplies

If you have been to Walmart lately, you likely have noticed the school supplies prominently displayed. Part of me cringes seeing this. They popped up not even a week after July 4th. I’m trying to enjoy and make the most … Continued

Ray of Hope FAQ

At Ray of Hope Advocacy Center, we hear a lot of tough questions with complicated, deep answers or, unfortunately, no easy answer. Our agency has been working hard this year to ensure that the community understands our organization and the … Continued

Ray of Hope EE

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In reality, child protection is a year-round community issue and responsibility. That’s why Ray of Hope Advocacy Center is excited and honored to partner with the Examiner-Enterprise in launching a weekly column focusing on … Continued

Recognize, Report

In Oklahoma, a mandatory reporter includes every person with reason to believe that a child under the age of eighteen (18) is a victim of abuse or neglect. So by law, this includes all of us – you, me, every … Continued

Q & A Ray of Hope

Describe the mission of Ray of Hope. Ray of Hope Advocacy Center is a nationally accredited, 501(3)3 organization, focused on providing healing, hope and help to victims of child abuse and their families.  Our mission is to facilitate a coordinated, … Continued

Purple Crying

“This baby just won’t stop crying! I have tried everything to no avail – fed, burped, changed, cuddled, swaddled, rocked. Nothing works. It must be me! The baby must hate me. Why won’t he/she just stop crying!?” – almost every … Continued

Public Response Frazzled

Every parent has been there. You are in a public setting and your child is testing your patience. You repeatedly try to control your child. Nothing is working. Your child is loud, running, touching everything, taking things off shelves, upset. … Continued