As a society, we’ve become more comfortable with the conversations surrounding mental illness, health, and performance. I won’t say that the stigma has been eliminated, but there has certainly been progress...
Topics: anxiety, identity, parent, counseling, digital teenagers, stress, performance, sports, self-efficacy, independent children, mental health, mental illness
Mr. Cheney has developed a program he calls “The CRUSADER Mindset”. The components of this mindset work together to create mental stamina and the ability to appropriately respond to both stress and obstacles.
Topics: advice, high school, counseling, stress, performance, resilience, self-efficacy, independent children, COVID19
In 2017, 93% of Faith Lutheran seniors went to a 4-year university. Our college counselors work hard to make sure that students are applying to universities that are the right fit. However, sometimes a university has an acceptance rate of 5%. This begs the question, "How do selective universities choose their students?" The easiest answer to the question is, "It depends".
Topics: college, advice, counseling, college search, college tips, education
Welcome back to school! School is in full swing and we are in the thick of things in October. Esther and I just wanted to check in and give everyone an update.
Topics: counseling, relationships, lasvegas, education, Jesus Christ, comfort dog, Esther
As the Director of Social Norms here at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, I am passionate about helping our students avoid risky behaviors like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and sex. This January we have launched our Faith Facts campaign with renewed vigor to involve the entire Faith Family. Faith Facts is a major undertaking that is part of a comprehensive ‘Avoid Risky Behaviors’ program. To summarize the comprehensive approach, I will summarize it in three words ‘Danger, Data, and Divinity”.
Topics: advice, high school, middle school, identity, transition, teen, parent, counseling, social media, parenting, sexting, teens, relationships, education, social norms, faith facts
Esther the Comfort Queen has interviewed with Dr. Buuck and signed her official contract! We are excited to share a little more about the research behind this decision and what her training will entail.
Topics: high school, middle school, anxiety, counseling, teens, trauma, shooting, stress, resilience, millenials, snowflake children, independent children, comfort dog, Esther
We are so pleased to introduce the newest member of the Faith Family - Esther! Esther is a two month old Goldendoodle. She will begin working full time at Faith during the 2018-2019 school year but will be a regular visitor to campus during this training year. I’d like to take a moment to share more information about Esther, how she was “hired”, and what her role at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School will look like.
Topics: high school, middle school, anxiety, culture, identity, Christian school, counseling, trauma, ptsd, shooting, lasvegas, education, Esther
As a parent, the most frequent point of contention I have with my teen and tween is homework. As a school counselor, it is a frequent concern voiced by parents. Homework can quickly become a power struggle, turning kitchen tables into battlefields and consuming family time in the evenings. While there is no easy rule for how many minutes of homework a child “should” have each night, and some nights will have more homework than others, there are ways to help ease the burden.
Topics: homework, time management, advice, middle school, counseling, organization
Students today can seem more involved, well-rounded, and engaged then generations before. The result: BUSY teenagers. What can we do to support and mentor them as life gets stressful?
Topics: college, homework, time management, advice, high school, anxiety, Christian school, activities, counseling, parenting, stress, ferris buller
Adults have spent the last week helping children process the events of October 1st. As life slowly begins to return to what will be the new normal in Vegas, many are left wondering what conversations are left. How will we know if our kids are showing signs of trauma? As a mother, the wife of a first responder, and a counselor at Faith Lutheran, I have guided many discussions this week and understand the work that still lies before us as we all recover. Much of that work will continue with you.
Topics: advice, high school, anxiety, Christian school, transition, counseling, trauma, ptsd, shooting