Articles tagged with: Tools for Families

14August

Why I am an Overscheduled Parent

Why I am an Overscheduled Parent


Another school year is starting. I’ve spent the last few weeks gathering school supplies, school uniforms and mentally preparing for the shift from the more relaxed summer to the frenzy of the school year. My kids are in elementary school (1st & 4th grade) so it isn’t really the school work that gets crazy ... it's our activities.

Written by Rachel Simon, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

31July

10 Tips to Get Ready for "Back to School"

10 Tips to Get Ready for

Everyone loves the carefree pace of summer, but with the start of school around the corner, it’s time to ease back into the daily routine. There’s no doubt that the shift from summer to fall is the hardest of all, so we hope these top 10 tips will make your transition a little simpler!

Written by Dan Arnold, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

15January

Reflections on Newtown, One Month Later

Reflections on Newtown, One Month Later

It’s hard to believe a month has passed since the lives of 27 children and adults were taken at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The residents of that small community are desperately trying to find a new normal. Just last week, the children have returned to classes, albeit in a different building.

Written by Dan Arnold, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services

30August

Moving to Middle School: A Transition for the Whole Family

Moving to Middle School: A Transition for the Whole Family

Our eldest son started Middle School two weeks ago. What a shock. Not so much for him – for me! He got into the car the first day after cross country, which he all of a sudden decided to take up a few weeks ago, very excited about the day and all the cool things about school. He loves moving around for every class, and because the class makeup changes, he has at least a couple of friends in each. In many ways it seems very much like when I was in junior high back in the late 1970s.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services

15August

Good Sportsmanship: Modeling the Olympic Spirit for Our Kids

Good Sportsmanship: Modeling the Olympic Spirit for Our Kids

As we reflect on the 2012 Olympic Games we will always remember the extraordinary events, and the athleticism displayed in each sport.What will also stay in our memories is seeing opponents from around the worldwarmly embrace each other, despite their individual outcome A heartwarming example was seen when two track competitors from different countries switched jerseys after a race, leaving each other sporting the opposing country’s jersey, even though only one of them had just won a gold medal. These competitors have become accustomed to competitions,and perhaps being a good sport comes as second nature to them. They are excellent representations of sportsmanship for our kids, but how can we set an example?

Written by Ashley Semerenko, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

12April

10 Ways Adults Can Help Prevent Bullying

10 Ways Adults Can Help Prevent Bullying

On Sunday, April 15, Atlanta Council BBYO is partnering with The Bully Project for a screening of the film BULLY, which depicts a “year in the life” of North America’s Bullying crisis. The film is showing at 2pm at the Landmark Midtown Art Theater. It is recommended to get tickets in advance.

Written by Rebecca Stapel-Wax, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services

18January

Addressing Bullying Head On

Addressing Bullying Head On

For parents, it is one of the greatest nightmares: someone harming their child, physically or emotionally. Imagine the nightmare the child endures.

Kayla*, 13 years old, was teased repeatedly for her appearance. Her peers and even adults ignored or dismissed the open harassment. She became withdrawn at home and started to talk about how her family would be better off without her. But she didn’t want to be identified to school authorities for fear of further retaliation.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

04January

Volunteer Spotlight: Cara Gurney

Volunteer Spotlight: Cara Gurney

January is National Mentoring Month. So if you ever thought about being a mentor – or even if you haven’t – now is the perfect time. And JF&CS has the perfect opportunity to be one. We call it being a PAL.

A PAL is a loving Jewish adult volunteer who shares a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a child in need of a role model. Big PALs provide friendship and support, and make a huge difference in the lives of their little PALs – and vice versa.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services, Volunteer Services

03November

A Child’s Perspective on Divorce

A Child’s Perspective on Divorce

Every week I see children in my office who are affected by divorce. They sit on my couch or bean bag and try to make sense of their new reality. Conflicting emotions of sadness, anger, anxiety and even relief swim in their head as they seek answers to their questions. During the initial stages of the divorce, it is common for children to be anxious about the unknown, such as when they will be with mom or with dad and how they will celebrate the holidays. But over time their concerns usually abate. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, between 75 percent and 80 percent of children learn how to manage their feelings about the divorce and adjust well to their new circumstances.

Written by Elisheva Funk, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services

30August

How to Help Your Student Start the School Year Off Right

How to Help Your Student Start the School Year Off Right

As the school year starts, so do daily opportunities to help your children develop strong independence and self-reliance in their organization, time management, self-monitoring and planning skills. These “executive functioning” skills are a key to success in middle and high school and are being tapped more and more in later elementary grades. For some of us, this pulls on an area that we ourselves have weaknesses in. Building and exercising these skills will help at any age. Here are a few suggestions I offer the parents who come to see me with their children:

Written by Lori Wilson, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services