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Tips for Parents to Help With Student Stress -- Faculty Takeaways from the 2017 NAIS Annual Conference
photo: Image from ClipArtFest by Ms. Toni McDonald from West Covina
Donna Kaufman, Barnesville’s Teaching & Learning Coordinator, shared the following key points from a NAIS Annual Conference session titled “Stressed Out Kids Are The New Normal.”
To create an environment that helps students feel less anxious, parents need to focus on the process, not the end product. Let your child practice solving their own problems. It is important to let your child fail, as this will build resilience.
Key points for parents to understand:
- Anxiety runs in families.
- It is important to let your child experience anxiety.
- Parents can increase anxiety if they over monitor for stress.
Presenters suggested a “submarine” analogy. Parents should work to remain “below the surface.” Allow your child to experience some stress. Let your child problem-solve. Discuss possible strategies for what to do when faced with a problem. Parents can “rise up to the surface” when a problem appears to have become too large or too difficult for the child to manage without direct parent involvement.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences faculty and staff spent their March in-service day at the 2017 National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference, the premier professional development event for teachers at independent schools. Barnesville participation was funded by the Jaralyn Hough Professional Development Fund, created in honor of Jaralyn (Jeri) Hough, Head of School from 1984-2006 to provide financial support for ongoing faculty enrichment.
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