Middle School is an exciting time for all of our students! Often times parents are just trying to keep up with all of the changes that their children are going through. Please check back often for updated resources that will help you guide your child through the middle school years. Past resources have included communication techniques, dealing with different current pop culture events, and managing anxiety. Please contact us if you have any further questions!
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The Difference Between "being anxious" and "having anxiety"
Anxiety is a completely normal reaction to stress – most of the time. It motivates us to study for tests or finish our assignments. It can warn us against walking down a creepy alley at night and is the key to a fight-or-flight response in a dangerous situation. Having a little bit of anxiety once in a while isn’t just normal, it’s healthy. It allows us to make good decisions and get things done. Understanding the difference between being anxious and having anxiety can go a long way to helping your child.
How to Help a Grieving Teen
Sometimes adults express strong opinions about “right” or “wrong” ways to grieve. But there is no correct way to grieve. Coping with a death does not follow a simple pattern or set of rules nor is it a course to be evaluated or graded. Understanding these six basic principles will give you some tools to help your child through a difficult time.
Bullying Resiliency is Bullying Prevention
When you create an atmosphere where teachers and students both feel safe, comfortable and able to be themselves, you are creating a Positive School Environment. It has been shown in numerous studies that this same positive environment can effect student grades, mental health and sense of safety. Check out the top six things that schools with a Positive School Environment all share.
Building Resilience in Children
It’s not possible to protect our children from the ups and downs of life. Raising resilient children, however, is possible and can provide them with the tools they need to respond to the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood and to navigate successfully in adulthood. Despite our best efforts, we cannot prevent adversity and daily stress; but we can learn to be more resilient by changing how we think about challenges and adversities.
The Adolescent Brain for Parents - Michael NerneyNovember 22, 2016
Portsmouth School District
FCD Parent Presentation for Portsmouth MSMarch 13, 2017
The Adolescent Brain for Students - Michael NerneyNovember 22, 2016
Portsmouth School District