Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their hard work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Please take a moment and leave positive comments for a teacher at LAJH, who has made an impact on your child’s education. We will share your comments with our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, 2019! Students can also join in on the fun and leave appropriate comments too.
In 1983, President Reagan declared April as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which brings awareness about the dangers of child abuse and steps that can be taken to prevent it in our community.
Various schools in Clay County utilize the prevention education programs created through the Monique Burr Foundation. MBF is a valuable community resource located in Jacksonville and advocates the safety of children through programs such as Child Safety Matters and Teen Saftey Matters. Both programs promote the 5 Safety Rules and parents or other adults can reinforce the rules with children by practicing the motions and asking children to explain each Safety Rule. Additionally, parents and adults can use the 5 Safety Rules themselves to better protect children, and download the “Child Safety Matters” app at no cost for more information.
After becoming familiar with the child abuse prevention programs from the Monique Burr Foundation, would you (parents) approve of the Teen Safety Matters program being taught to your child at LAJH?
Self-Harm Awareness Month Self-Harm is a difficult topic to talk about and it is important that parents know how to help adolescents who are struggling with handling their emotions appropriately. Each year, one in five girls and one in seven boys engage in self-injurious behavior. Approximately 90 percent of individuals who engage in self-harm, do so during their teen and pre-teen years. Experts suggest that those who self-harm require non-judgemental support and consistent treatment.
Read more about self-harming from Child Mind Institute: Help for Cutting and other Self-Injury
February is the month of love and it's a natural part of growing up for teens to develop romantic feelings for others. For adolescents, feelings of romance can be exciting, scary, or even confusing. It is important for parents to have conversations with their child about the emotions they are experiencing and how to be involved in healthy relationships. Click on, “How to Teach Kids about Love”, to get more tips from Parent Toolkit’s video series.
How many New Years resolutions have you come up with for 2019? Whether you have made a vow to exercise more or a goal to be financially free from debt, sharing how to set and meet goals successfully with your children can help them learn how to create short or long term goals too.
Goal-setting is a part of self-management, and it helps your child increase self-awareness, self-management, and self-esteem. Being able to plan ahead and work toward a goal is a skill that will help your child now and well into adulthood. Read more from Parent Toolkit’s
“Goal Setting for Tweens”.
Feel free to use the Weekly Planner Page to start setting goals with your child, and get more advice from “New Year’s Resolutions for Teens: How to make and keep them” at lptutoring.com.
National Gratitude Month is an annual designation observed in November. Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.” Gratitude’s amazing powers have the ability to shift us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what is positive in our lives. Practicing daily gratitude gives us a deeper connection to ourselves and the world around us. How many acts of kindness can you and your family do during the month of November?
“Of all the gifts your kids could get their hands on this season, there’s probably only one that will ensure their happiness will outlast a pack of batteries. I’ll give you a clue: It’s nothing you can put a bow on. I’m talking about the gift of a grateful heart.” Read more from the Parent Toolkit article, Get Grateful! 20 Ways to Teach Kids Gratitude, from Tots to Teens. In addition to discussing gratitude with your children, reinforce your conversation by helping with your local schools and organizations that are helping people who are facing hardship. Let’s embrace the concept of gratitude by paying it forward.
The month of October supports several causes and brings awareness to many important topics such as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. In connection to the activities during Red Ribbon Week at LAJH, we also want to bring awareness to the many dangers of teen substance abuse. Please take a moment and talk with your children about the harms of substance abuse and use the following links listed below to support your conversation. Let us know how you approached the topic with your kids, by responding on our blog.
* Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs and Alcohol
* Juul, the Vape Device Teens are getting Hooked on, Explained
*The Dangerous Drug Parents Aren't Talking About with Kids
*GHB, Abuse On The Rise Among Teens
*Preventing Teen Drug Use: How to Spot the Early Warning Signs
One of the best websites with resources targeting bullying prevention is Pacers National Bullying Prevention Center. Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities, and online. We recommend taking a look at the following links:
*What Parents Should Know about Bullying
*Working with the School
*Helping Your Child
During the month of September, National Suicide Prevention Month, we encourage parents to have a conversation with their child or children about mental health. Having an open conversation with your child about difficult topics can help prepare your child for many challenging situations, and it also gives your child the courage to bring up tough issues again in the future. Click on the links below to get tips on how to approach the topic of suicide with your children.
*How to Talk to Children about Suicide
*Why parents should prioritize mental health this school year
We know that some students and parents worry about all of the changes that occur at middle or junior high schools, but don’t panic! The staff at LAJH will help students find their way around, and by the end of the first nine weeks, new or incoming students will be adjusted to the LAJH school routine. For more helpful tips for parents and students, click on the links below.
Articles from Parent Toolkit:
Do you have some helpful tips for parents or students entering junior high school? Let us know!