“There is no harder job than being a parent. Nothing else touches so much of a person so deeply – or so unpredictably – and there is no training for it. As the pace of life accelerates, as media influences intensify, and as the future grows less predictable, parents find it harder to know how to raise children of character, how to help them resist negative influences, and how to help foster resilience in them.” – Dr. Rob Evans
With the start of another school year, it’s important for both students AND parents to prepare themselves for the 1,080 hours kids will spend in the classroom this year. One local school is starting off on a high note and hosting a free event for parents this Thursday.
Dr. Rob Evans, a clinical and organizational psychologist, will speak at Randolph School this Thursday. Drawing from over 30 years’ experience as a teacher, child and family therapist, and consultant to more than 1,600 schools, Dr. Evans will address the subject of “Raising Resilient Children.”
In his presentation, Dr. Evans will outline key dilemmas all parents face and offer concrete suggestions to develop the important traits of perseverance, resilience and hopefulness.
This won’t be the only free community outreach Randolph School plans to host. “Parents+ begins its third year with this event, and will have the subject of fostering resilience in children as an on-going theme into the Fall,” says Jane Daniel, Assistant to the Head of School for Strategic Initiatives.
If You Go
When: Thursday, August 9 at 6:30
Where: Randolph School, Thurber Arts Center, Garth Road Campus
Who: FREE and open to the public
Registration is encouraged at 256-799-6100 or click HERE to register online.
Back to School Titles
If you have a Kindergartener or Preschooler at your house, you might be experiencing a little anxiety as the first day of school approaches. Luckily, there are tons of great books you can read with your new student in the next few days to start the conversation (or continue it) about what’s going to happen and help manage expectations.
Here are my boys’ favorite titles!
- I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
- Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
- Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
What were your child’s favorite back-to-school books? Leave us some recommendations in the comments!
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.