SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of January 22, 2018
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SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of January 8, 2018
With report cards coming home this week, most of us are working under the assumption that being an "A" student in school is a requirement for professional success, but not according to a study by Tom Corley. He surveyed a number of high net-worth individuals and found that most of the people surveyed did not earn the highest GPAs in school. In fact, only 21% of the self-made millionaires were "A" students. 41% were "B" students, and 29% were "C" students. According to Corley, "Individuals who struggle academically may be more accustomed to dealing with struggle and making it a daily habit to overcome pitfalls. In short, they become mentally tough, which creates a foundation for long-term success." Read the articles below for additional information:
- 8 of 10 Self-Made Millionaires Were Not 'A' Students. Instead, They Share 1 Trait - Jeff Haden
- 7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness - Jeff Haden
- These 2 Four-Letter Words Are the True Secret of Success - Jeff Haden
- Most Self-Made Millionaires Didn't Get A's in School - Thomas C. Corley
- 5 Habits of People With Remarkable Willpower - Jeff Haden
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of January 1, 2018
Congratulations to Ms. Rachel Keim and her Fifth Grade students for winning the Move This World video contest! Be sure to check out their video on our SEL at Meigs website. (See the video.)
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of December 5, 2017
"It may seem like a bitter irony that the holiday season, which is supposed to cheer us up and bring us together, ends up stressing us out. Why is that the case? It's got to be more than the cold short days of winter. And in fact, it is." For more information, read the articles below. And, remember, your children feel the stress of the holiday season too. Share the "Teen's Guide To Surviving December" with them.
- Train Your Brain to Tame Holiday Stress and Anxiety - Judson Brewer - Mindful Magazine
- Holiday Stress: Teen's Guide To Surviving December - Slideshow - Huffington Post
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of November 27, 2017
"Stress is the way our bodies respond to the demands that are placed upon us by ... events and issues in our lives. Stress is part of everyday life, and we all experience and react to it in different ways. We tend to think of stress as a bad thing, but a certain amount of it actually helps us feel alert, energized and interested in life ... Too much stress, however - particularly when we don't have any control over it - can interfere with our ability to respond to everyday challenges." For more information, read the articles below.
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of November 20, 2017
"Although it's nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving, being thankful throughout the year could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life. Cultivating gratitude doesn't cost any money, and it certainly doesn't take much time, but the benefits are enormous." Read the following articles if you would like to learn more.
- 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round - Amy Morin - Forbes
- Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids - Greater Good Magazine
- Teaching Kids Gratitude - Parenting.com
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of November 13, 2017
"There are so many valuable qualities we want to instill in our children — why should we focus on gratitude? Grateful teens are not only more pleasant to be around, but according to one study, they are also less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, be depressed and have behavioral problems at school. " Read the following articles if you would like to learn more.
- From Entitled to Thankful: Raising Children With an Attitude of Gratitude - David Sack. M.D. - Huffington Post
- Gratitude Conversation Starters - Terri Thompson - CreativeFamilyFun.net
Gratitude Conversation Starters - Printable PDF
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of November 6, 2017
"When I was growing up, I didn’t know that anger is just a feeling. To me anger meant withdrawal of love. My mother didn’t tell me she was angry. She just wouldn’t speak to me . . . My childlike mind twisted that to mean that people would stop loving me if I got angry . . . The Anger Wheel of Choice can help our children learn another way." Please read the following articles to learn more.
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of October 30, 2017
Why You Should Never Use Timeouts on Your Kids . . . I ran across this two-part article, published by PBS, and was immediately intrigued. No timeouts? But... but... but... Well, "decades of neuroscience and social research have shown that timeouts and other methods of punishment are not only ineffective in steering the behavior of children but outright damaging." If you are also intrigued, please read the following articles (make sure to read both parts) to learn more.
- Part 1 - Why You Should Never Use Timeouts on Your Kids - By Wendy Thomas Russell - PBS.org
- Part 2 - 12 Alternatives to Timeouts When Kids are at Their Worst - By Wendy Thomas Russell - PBS.org
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of October 23, 2017
Why are more American teenagers than ever suffering from severe anxiety? Anxiety is the most common mental-health disorder in the United States, affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents and adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. But unlike depression, with which it routinely occurs, anxiety is often seen as a less serious problem. Read the following article to learn more.
- Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety - By Benoit Denizet-Lewis - The New York Times
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of October 16, 2017
I saw a poster the other day that said, "Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff." (Catherine M. Wallace) Read the following articles on being a good listener to your children.
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of October 2, 2017
Parenting is a challenge, and "today's parents raise their children way more differently than they were raised. Every parent asks the same questions: Am I missing something? Am I doing everything right? Will my child succeed in life?" According to psychologists at Harvard University, the key to upbringing a well-adjusted child in these changing times is not as complicated as you may think. Read the following article by Simon Segal.
- According To Harvard Psychologists: Parents Who Raise "Good" Kids Do These 5 Things - Curious Mind Magazine - Simon Segal