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Talking To Your Children About the School Day
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It's so important to help kids maintain a positive frame of mind when they make a transition. Parents can do this at the start of the school year by asking questions about their child's school day. When questions are framed positively, kids often respond positively, creating a positive mental framework of the school day and school, itself. Here are a few sample questions: 
  1. What made you smile today?
  2. Tell me something that you did today that made you happy.
  3. How did you help a friend/ your teacher today?
  4. Tell me one thing that you really worked hard on today.
  5. We all make mistakes. Tell me one thing that you learned from a mistake today.
  6. What did you play at recess?

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
-Jon Kabat Zinn 
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Summer can be a great time to expand student learning. Here are a few ideas:
  • Create a fort or quiet space for reading
  • Find math opportunities in creating change for lemonade stands or measuring ingredients for a special recipe that you create together
  • Explore the science in nature- it's amazing that we have a park system so close to our community!
  • Find social connections through free play with kids in the neighborhood. Often, our lives are so scheduled that children may not have the opportunity to make up games together and figure out how to create "rules" that work for everyone involved
  • Provide maps for children on trips
  • Have your children help you find museums, parks and activities that expand their understanding of the world around them
  • Use sidewalk chalk to create a beautiful masterpiece on the sidewalk
  • Listen to music together
  • Encourage your children to write their own short story (complete with illustrations)
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunshine and the time together!
Respect, Manners, Kindness and Good Choices
Please and Thank You imageOur Kensington Counseling theme for 2017-2018 will be Respect.  We will create fun lessons and activities that promote good manners, kindness to others and positive choices! 
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Front Line (formerly Mobile Crisis)- 216.623.6888
Emergency- 911
Cuyahoga County Child Abuse Hotline- 216-696-KIDS (5437) 
Rocky River Police Department (non-emergency line)- 440.331.1234 
United Way First Call for Help- 211
Rocky River Assistance Program- 216.556.5887
Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County- 216.241.3400