Monday, October 31, 2016

November - Be Thankful for Anti-Bullying

  November is anti-bullying month at Young Scholars.  The guidance lessons for this month will teach the students what a bully is/does, types of bullying, and what you can do to stop bullying.  I believe that the word "bully" often gets overgeneralized nowadays.  The definition of a bully is someone who is mean/does something aggressive to others, repeatedly (over and over again), on purpose, and there is usually some imbalance of power.
  I think it is very important to teach the students to not use the term "bully" incorrectly.  I often get students who tell me that they are being bullied, when someone was just mean to them one time.  Now that is still not nice and/or fair to that child, but they are by no means being the victim of bullying; that other kid might have been just having a bad day.  So please, talk to your child about this and make sure that they know the true definition of a bully.
  Here is a good resource for parents to use to teach their students about bullying and how to stop it: https://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/talking-about-it/index.html.
  I do not want anyone to think that I do not take this seriously because this is a topic that I am very passionate about, but I do want students to know the difference between someone being mean to them and someone intentionally bullying them day in and day out.  Together we can reduce bullying at YSWPCS!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Don't Be Scared to Be a Good Friend

  Now that it is October, students should now be getting into the swing of things back at school.  The main focus of the guidance lessons for this month are how to live a mentally healthy lifestyle by being a good friend/classmate, giving personal space, dealing with peer pressure, and finding a "natural high" off of living life to the fullest.  During this month, I really want the students to learn how to be the best person that they can be, so that there is a more positive school climate here at Young Scholars.

  I think it is important that the students learn how to get along with one another to increase each other's self-esteem and self-worth.  I always tell the students that they do not have to be friends with one another, but they cannot be mean to each other and need to learn how to work together here at school.  This is a good life skill for them to learn as they grow up because they will always have to work with someone that they may not particularly like.

  Parents try to have a conversation about this at home with your kiddos.  A positive climate at school can help the students focus more and learn more here at school.  It also can build moral and add to a healthy mental health lifestyle for them.  Nothing bad can come from being kind and working well with others!

Here is a good article for some advice on this topic:
http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/enewsletter/encouraging-children-get-along

If you need to reach me (school counselor), feel free to email me at k.boss@yswpcs.org!!