Dear Hillside Families,
We are ready and excited for a fabulous 2018-2019 school year! I'm the school counselor at Hillside and am looking forward to supporting our Hillside students and parents. This is my 16th year in the counseling profession and I am passionate about helping children. One of my main goals is to help students learn to be problem solvers. I also place a strong emphasis on helping students understand the importance of showing kindness to others.
A bit about myself: I grew up in Roswell, went to Florida State University for undergrad and received my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Georgia State University. I have two middle school aged daughters and with my husband, we live on a small horse farm in Milton. We love animals!! I also enjoy reading and playing tennis.
Please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions or concerns about your child at email@example.com .
I look forward to a positive school year filled with learning and kindness!
Tips for Raising a Responsible Child
Empowering Children to Reach Their Full Potential
If we do too much for children, we communicate that they are not capable of handling the many responsibilities that life gives them.
- If children are rescued every time they make a mistake, they will never learn responsibility
- Painful lessons typically lead to real learning and changed behavior
- Making excuses for children teaches them that it is ok to keep doing things the same way, which leads to more irresponsible choices and disrespect
- Irresponsible children may be a reflection of parental over-responsibility
What can you do?
- Provide children experiences that will help them feel capable and that help the life skills of self-discipline, responsibility, and problem solving
- Send the message early and often that "you are a capable person"
- Expect responsibility-it shows them that you believe in them and then they will believe in themselves
- Walk away when it is time for them to work. Do not hover to make sure they get things done and get them done right
- Assign chores to your child
Natural Consequences-Things that happen in response to a child's behavior without parental involvement. Allow your child to experience the natural consequences of their choices. This will help them develop personal responsibility as a result of their experience and consequences.
- Have your child repair or replace lost or broken items. Do not go buy new items immediately for your child
- Miss opportunities where planning was needed or not done
- Eat school lunch when lunch box was forgotten on counter
- Face teacher when homework is incomplete or forgotten
- Ask teacher himself/herself when help is needed
School Smart Parenting Tips
- Celebrate the effort rather than picking at the results
- Validate effort, initiative and persistence rather than ability
- Homework is the child's responsibility, not the parent's
- Walk the talk. Model the behaviors you want your children to learn
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
Abigail Van Buren
Responsibility is the price of greatness. Winston Churchill
Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
Booker T Washington
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's life is the source from which self-respect springs.
As part of Hillsides specials rotation, students participate in character education with the counselor each month. Attached below is information about the lesson plans presented each month.
Parent Intro Letter - Counselor.pdf
K Intro Lesson - Counselor.pdf
1st Grade -Husky PRIDE and Kindness - Counselor.pdf
2nd and 3rd Husky PRIDE and Kindness Counselor.pdf
4th and 5th Husky Pride-August - Counselor.pdf
4th and 5th Simons Hook November.pdf
3rd Puzzle Pals-Friendship-November.pdf
2nd Grade Honesty.pdf
4th grade Honesty.pdf
4th and 5th grade One-December.pdf
Kindergarten January -Honesty.pdf
3rd and 5th January Counseling Lesson.pdf