Category Archives for "Parents"

August 6, 2019

Hosting A Social Emotional Learning Family Night

Use these tips to plan and implement a social emotional learning family night at your school

As counselors, we know that parent engagement and involvement is important. We also know that it can be tricky to find ways to get parents involved in their child’s social-emotional learning. One way to help bridge this gap is by hosting a social-emotional learning family night. I have found that hosting a night like this […]

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April 24, 2019

Creative Ways School Counselors Can Involve Parents

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Involving parents in your school counseling program and in the school in general can often get overlooked. I remember the story of a principal who had a student absentee problem. When she dug deeper, she realized that students were missing school because they didn’t have clean uniforms. So, she at her parent nights, she had […]

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September 19, 2018

What Parent Events Have You Done At Your School?

As a school counselor what parent events have you done? Running parent events can be a great way for a school counselor to extend and reinforce their school counseling program. Here are some ideas for parent events school counselors can run.

Do you host parents events at your school? Are you thinking about it? Parents events can be a great way to build community, extend your school counseling program, and provide services for families.Regular ProgrammingThis year, I was trained on the “7 Habits of Highly Successful Families”. I think this is spot on for our district. […]

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February 27, 2018

Avoiding Pitfalls When a Parent is also a Coworker

One of the challenges that we rarely talk about in our profession is when a parent is also a coworker. Often these relationships are positive or benign, but there are those times when working with the child of a colleague can be frustrating or downright uncomfortable. Case in point, here is an example of a […]

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January 31, 2018

Handling Uncomfortable Conversations with Staff and Parents

uncomfortable conversations with staff and parents are a part of school counselor's jobs. A few tips to make these awkward, but important conversations easier.

I have a saying, “If it’s uncomfortable, give it to the counselor.”   Any time that an awkward or uncomfortable conversation needs to take place with a parent, staff member, or volunteer, counselors are called to use our skills to smooth the way for those involved.   Uncomfortable conversations include discussing parenting skills, classroom management, […]

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