• Counseling Resources for parents

    The job of parenting is hard work! It should be; it's so important! Sometimes we really need the support and advice of professionals to help us manage the more challenging parts of parenting our children well. This page is to help you as a parent find resources to help support your children in their social, emotional, physical, and mental health and growth.

    Resource Topics provided on this page:



    Family Engagement

    Growth Mindset

    Suicide Prevention and Depression



    Returning to school Anxiety

    It has been a long time since some of your students have been back in a classroom fulltime. There will be some differences in procedures also with students returning this year all in-person in order to maintain the safety and health of all students and our campus staff. Some students may be feeling anxious about returning. Here are some items to help you as parents with supporting your students' returning to the classroom.


    How to Help your child with Back to School Anxiety

    from Kaiser Permanente.org

    Click here or on picture for article

    5 Ways to Soothe Back-to-School Jitters


    Tips for Calming First-Day Jitters in Grade School

    From Understood.com

    Click here for tips


     Back to School Anxiety

    How to help kids manage worries and have a successful start to the school year.

    From Child Mind Institute

    Click here for tips


    Anxiety in children

    What to watch out for

    School Anxiety in Kids



     The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families

    Link: https://www.dougy.org

    Link: https://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/help-for-kids/

     They also have a wonderful podcast called Grief Out Loud that offers advice on a range of topics regarding grief.


     National Association of School Psychologists

    Link: Recommended Books for Children Coping With Loss or Trauma 

    This link will take you to a listing of books on grief and loss.


     Sesame Street in Communities- Grief

    Link: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/grief/


     National Alliance for Grieving Children

    Link: https://childrengrieve.org/resources


    Family Engagement

    Family-engaged learning is a program that improves student academics and behavior by using their families' foundational values regarding character and learning. Family engagement is essential to student succes. All in all, a family’s love and support - partnered with structure and discipline, the reinforcement of hard work, and value in education - are powerful indicators of student success and motivation. Explore the "Our Parents" section to learn more about how to get involved.

    Link: Family Engagement and the Power of WHY

     Family-Engaged Learning website

    Link: https://www.familyengaged.com/

    Growth Mindset

     What is Growth Mindset in Students?

    Link: https://www.understood.org/articles/en/growth-mindset


    Activities to Foster Growth Mindset

    Link:  Khan Academy: Growth Mindset Elementary and Middle School Activities


     Suicide Prevention and Depression 

    Suicide Preventinon Hotline

    Sometimes as parents we think that our children, pre-teens and teenagers, are going through normal teenage angst. However, for every 5 teens, one of them suffers from what is termed clinical depression. Depression can affect the physical brain development of your child. It can also affect their personality, self-esteem, and self-identity.  It is important to recognize the signs of depression in children and teenagers, so we can move to get them the help they need sooner rather than later. 

    Signs of Depression in pre-teens and teens

    From Texas Children's Hospital

    3 Things Parents Need to know about Adolescent depression

    Signs of depression:

    • Loss of interest or pleasure in once enjoyable activities
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Sleep changes (sleeping more than usual, or not as much)
    • Lack of energy or experiencing fatigue
    • Feelings of worthlessness, sadness, or hopelessness
    • Increased irritability or anger
    • Recurring thoughts of death
    • Changes in eating habits or significant weight change
    • Increased isolation from friends and family
    • Lacking enthusiasm and motivation
    • Unexplained aches or pains
    • Poor school performance

    Video: What is Depression? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWFuQR_Wt4M- 

    If you are concerned that your student is suffering from depression, you can email or call the school counselor for further help and resources.  You can also complete the student referral form found here.

    Jessica Franco, School Counselor

    Advantage Academy, Dallas Campus