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Martha Metzler, Upper School Counselor

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The Importance of Learning How to "ACT" to Prevent Teen Suicide

Posted by Martha Metzler, Upper School Counselor on Mar 11, 2019 11:51:17 AM

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.

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How to Help Your Student Manage Transitions

Posted by Martha Metzler, Upper School Counselor on May 23, 2018 9:50:19 AM

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.

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Four Easy Tips to Reduce Family Screen Time

Posted by Martha Metzler, Upper School Counselor on May 16, 2018 11:45:15 AM

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?

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Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety & Stress

Posted by Martha Metzler, Upper School Counselor on Apr 20, 2018 11:27:55 AM

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?

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