YMCA Mindfulness Program Reminder
I know I already shared this one a bit already, but it's a really good one :) Also, awesome job to the grade 8 parents for representing the SACY presentation last week. I hear it was awesome and grade 8 parents were out in force. Hope everyone enjoyed it.
This was taken from an article circulated among counsellors and admin. I've cut it down to the four big points I would want to drive home. Social Media has been a massive issue for our students of late. This work on the home front helps a lot.
"Over the years our society has put “guardrails” in place for other addictive habits like smoking at airports or drinking in restaurants. Let me offer a beginning to the same conversation on social media with your students or kids at home. What if you talked about this research, then established “guardrails” to ensure we all remain on the road, without veering off a cliff and damaging our lives:
1. Establish clear boundaries.
Why not construct mutual boundaries that both adults and students must maintain? It could be a boundary on hours spent on social media or where it’s OK to use it. Just like we have times and places for smoking in airports.
2. Think substitutes.
Why not create a list of items that could be used as a substitute for social media? Smokers often chew gum—why not substitute reading or board games for Instagram or Facebook? It will require creativity but it’s the best way to beat a habit.
3. Teach moderation.
When people reach adulthood, they’re allowed to legally drink. So we often say: “There’s nothing wrong with alcohol. The problem’s too much alcohol.” What if you established a limit on hours or locations for social media?
4. Equip them for face-to-face relationships.
Addictive habits can diminish essential skills we need. Dependence on one muscle can cause others to atrophy. What if we spent time on intentional training for interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence for our students on social media?"
Really happy to have worked with this great group for Pink Day. And it was awesome to see 8 of our kids (3 in the picture) getting the notoriety they deserved for helping out. See the article here: http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-news/joyfully-pink-van-tech-students-celebrate-pink-shirt-day
I was in PE classes all week doing some work on Healthy Relationships (including Sexting) with the kids this week. This presentation gives some of the parent side to what I'm doing with the kids.
Click here or see below. http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/vantech/Publications/Math%20Mosh%20Feb%20-%20Mar.pdf
It seems to be the season of sharing clinical resources with families. Among all the talk of underfunded mental health systems (a sentiment I definitely agree with) there is more parent outreach in recent months than I've ever seen before. Youth mental health wrap around supports, as I call them, are on the rise. Which is great for families. Here's another one that I've heard great things about the presenter for.
Upcoming Parent Workshop
The SACY workshops are beginning to become famous around Van Tech. They really offer a great insight into working with our teenagers. I'm attaching one that's happening Thursday, February 23rd in the Staff Cafeteria (back of Tech). It runs from 7-9pm and you should sign up in advance. I highly recommend these. I very well will probably be there myself. I went to the Capacity Cafe and it was just great.
Anxiety is a growing concern among youth and among families. Local experts are presenting at David Thompson school on Wednesday, March 8th, in the evening. Info below.
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