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Takeaways from the Fall Parent Coffee series
Posted 10/15/2018 07:54PM

At Parent Coffee + Conversation events this fall, teachers and parents got together to share ideas on everyone's favorite topic: raising good children for lives of meaning and purpose. Below are some of the resources mentioned in the sessions. Enjoy them and stay tuned for a winter conversation series!

 

From the PreKindergarten coffee, about Gratitude
Recommended Books: 

  • The Invisible String 
  • Jack's Worry 
  • In My Heart
  • Little Critter Being Grateful 
  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace

Ideas for talking about being grateful: 

  • Best and worst thing in your day and why 
  • Talking about gratefulness in the car "these people are keeping us safe"
  • How does that make you feel?

Other ideas: 

  • https://dabble.me/ - place to list things you're grateful for every day, online journal with reminders about what you wrote a year/two years etc ago

Starting point for conversation: 

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_help_gratitude_grow_in_your_kids

From the First & Second Grade coffee, about "helicopter" parenting

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_support_your_kid_at_school_without_being_a_helicopter_parent

From the Third & Fourth Grade coffee, about character

https://www.ted.com/talks/boyd_varty_what_i_learned_from_nelson_mandela?utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tedspread-sharetrade-a#t-780554 

From the Fifth Grade coffee, about grit

https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance#t-344320

From the Sixth Grade coffee, about navigating adolescence

Brenda Stockdale's remarks from Middle School Parent Night 2018

From the Seventh Grade coffee, about helping teens experience the positive side of stress

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/19/well/family/how-to-help-teenagers-embrace-stress.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/19/well/family/how-to-help-teenagers-embrace-stress.html

 

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