It’s not a subject we like to think about, but as a parent, it might be the most important subject to learn about. Parent, author, and former Major League Baseball player John Trautwein spoke with our school community about understanding teen mental health resilience and suicide prevention and how we can support our kids. So we want to share this very important message with all parents.
Valuable Takeaways from The Social Institute Parent Talk
As a parent, what do you need to be aware of when it comes to technology? How can you help your kids make good choices online? Is social media all bad? These are some of the questions most parents have when thinking about teens and technology.
Our FCDS community was fortunate to learn from Sean Kelly with The Social Institute. He spoke with our Middle School and Upper School students and our parents about how to win at social media. Here are some helpful takeaways:
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Throughout our lives, we are constantly bombarded by the media, adults, and other students about how college is the absolute best time of your life. We create, and have created for us, an image of what college life should be—all fun all the time. In reality, college is fun; it’s a great experience to learn and grow, as well as have new adventures with new and different people. However, this image of college as constantly fun and perfect can be challenging, and set one up for disappointment, especially for first year students.
Many parents have experienced numerous transitions whether it’s moving to a new place, starting a new job, or even becoming a parent. While we know that transitions can be hard, we also know that with thought and planning—along with good support and a good attitude—transitions can be made easier.
The world has been taken over by devices designed to make our lives easier and communication faster. Look at any group of teenagers sitting together: odds are they have their heads bent over their smartphones. Adults aren’t much better. We keep our phones on the table at restaurants and in meetings and sleep with them beside our beds at night. Is this technology really helping us, or could it be doing harm?
Have you ever felt anxious about a work deadline? Nervous while awaiting medical results? Apprehensive about speaking in front of a crowd? If you’re like most people, there are times when you feel worried and some anxiety is just a part of life. So how do you know if your child has too much anxiety? What’s normal? What's unhealthy? And if your child is anxious, how do you help him or her learn to cope?
Parents, are you looking for book recommendations? Well, our Forsyth Country Day School librarian has some great options for new and noteworthy reads. See what looks good to you!
“What did you learn at school today?” It’s a basic enough question, and one we’ve all probably asked and answered many times in our lives. But what answers are we hoping for? A new vocabulary word? An interesting historical fact? How to solve a polynomial? These are all valuable bits of knowledge, but as educators, we must make it our mission to ensure that they are conveyed within the larger context of empowering our students with a set of bigger-picture skills and competencies. We must enable them to forge their own path and innovate in the world that awaits them outside the classroom. This is a philosophy I’ve always believed in, but it didn’t truly hit home for me until I stepped away from education and became an entrepreneur.
Does talking about race make you uncomfortable? You’re not alone.From an early age, we’re taught that some topics simply aren’t polite to discuss – race, religion, and politics come to mind. But by failing to talk about race – especially to our children – are we doing them and society a huge disservice? Absolutely.
You send your kids to a good school, you check their homework, you may even help them study for tests. But are you really helping them learn? Dr. Michelle Klosterman, a veteran teacher and Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs at Forsyth Country Day School, debunks some popular myths and shares learning strategies that may surprise you.