New Year and new links

January has officially ended and so must our use of the words “new year” because it is not so new anymore. We have to get used to writing 2011 and come to terms with the supposedly ominous 2012 that looms in the near(er) future. We have to move on from repeatedly asking, “Can you believe that it’s 2011?” We have a lot to look forward to this year, so it is time to pack up 2010 and set our gaze straight ahead.

I saw many parents at report card time (297 out of 350 came!) taking pictures of the Honors and High Honors List, so we know that you are as proud as we are of the academic excellence we saw these past two quarters. This week marks the start of third quarter, which is a brand new opportunity for us to set goals and celebrate successes. I told one student, who was surprised to find herself on the Honors list for the first time, “Now that I know you can do it, I won’t expect any less from you.” She squirmed a little bit, but I think she now knows what she is capable of accomplishing… and that my expectations aim for celebration when she reaches her goal.

I wanted to share a few links of articles I’ve been reading lately. The Counseling office here at ALP is constantly searching for interesting and educational articles that might help us to gain some healthy perspective in our work.

Here is an article called, “The Many Faces of Shame” that talks about the difference between shame and guilt and how our response is so important.

If you are concerned about all the media in your children’s lives (and overwhelmed at the idea of controlling it), this website and resource might be helpful to use to engage your child in conversation. If you teach your child to look at all media critically, you are helping them develop discernment, which is crucial as they grow into mature young adults who will make many decisions later without your advice.

Lastly, I wanted to share this link to a career exploration game. This is a great way to start the journey to find out what career would best suit your child’s interest and/or personality. We have this and many other useful links on our counseling page. If you scan the left sidebar, you will find additional resources that will be helpful in your future plans as well as your current questions.

As I write this post, most of my family in the Midwest United States is in the middle of a great big snow storm. Some weather sources suggest 25 feet of snow in some places! So, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful sunshine as much as I am.

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