Rosalind Wiseman’s ParentMap Lecture

Last night I was able to attend Rosalind Wiseman’s lecture on Cliques, Bullies, and Social Hierarchies. First of all–wow. This woman is an incredible speaker with so much wisdom to share. You probably know Rosalind from her popular books Queenbees and Wannabes or Masterminds and Wingmen. If you’re not familiar with those books, check them […]

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Growing Greatly!

Looking for a fun summer camp for your daughter? I will be hosting a half-day Villa Ventures camp focused on building girls’ self-esteem and confidence. Here’s a link to more information! https://www.smore.com/e4paw

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Teens & Tech

This is a great article that outlines 15 different sites/apps that parents should be aware of. I encourage you to check it out and continue to have great conversations with your student about cyber safety!

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Prayers for Marysville Pilchuck High

Dear Villa Families, Today my thoughts and prayers are with our community, and especially those directly impacted by the school shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School. It is impossible to process events like these, and they can make us feel sad, confused, angry, and overwhelmed–among other things. As adults, as we process, there is also […]

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The top 15 things your middle school kid wishes you knew

Did you read this article on what your middle school kid wishes you knew? I love it. I’d love it also if every parent asked their middle school (or lower school) kid about what they wished their parent knew! Kids have a wealth of wisdom to offer if we only tap into it! Here’s one of […]

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Third Thursday: Middle School Edition

Did you know that there is a new offering for Middle School students?   All students in Middle School are invited to THIRD THURSDAY! Third Thursday meets in Ms. Gutzmer’s office on the second floor during Lunch. Students may bring their lunch, a buddy, and grab a good spot as we spend some time on what’s on […]

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Article Spotlight: When Anxiety Hits at School

Anxiety is becoming more common in the school setting. The Atlantic takes a look at anxiety among students HERE. When students at Villa struggle with anxiety, there are resources! Many students benefit from learning about their anxiety, creating a toolkit of ways to manage it, and mapping out a plan for getting extra support when needed. […]

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Article Spotlight!

There are lots of great tidbits on the web this week to check out! ADHD & Low Self-Esteem: Children with ADHD may also experience low self esteem. This article addresses 4 ways to improve self-esteem. Fostering Health & Wellness in the Introverted Child: No person is entirely introverted or extroverted–but we all fall somewhere on […]

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Teen Extremes: Regulating Moods in an Age of Anxiety

Villa Parents, on October 27th there is an excellent opportunity to see one of the leading therapists in our area, Dr. Marsha Linehan speak about anxiety in adolescence. The program is put on by ParentMap and Villa families are offered a discount by using discount code KAST14. Click here for details: 2014 Linehan Kastner flyer  

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Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying

Have you ever wondered about the difference between these words? There was a great post recently on HuffPost Parents about the distinction and importance of using the accurate word when describing dissatisfactory social interactions. You can check it out HERE; it’s well worth the read! In the article Singe Whitson, who is a Child/Adolescent Therapist […]

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