The first in
a series of gatherings to providing social and emotional support for
parents and family members of Maywood students was held March 31.
â€œMeet the Parentsâ€� is a discussion group conceptualized by Maywood
principal Carol dâ€™Estienne and Laura Combs, deputy director for
Educational Support Services (ESS).
â€œTime after time Iâ€™ve said, â€˜I was just talking to another mom or a grandmother or a dad who was saying this exact thing,â€™ â€� dâ€™Estienne said regarding the similar experiences and challenges parents and family members face and her purpose in creating the discussion group. The first meeting included family members representing a wide variety of the student body at Maywood, although many had similar stories to share.
Such subjects as sibling rivalry, fostering independence, peer pressure, medical treatments and the complexities of mental health diagnoses and related psychotropic medications were discussed, as well as studentsâ€™ prior difficulties in classrooms before coming to Maywood. Many parents have found significant challenges as their children enter puberty and are undergoing emotional changes.
Combs spoke on the topic
of drug use and
addiction, specifically, and the importance of parents initiating the
conversation with their children.
â€œYoung peopleâ€™s brains arenâ€™t developed. They may look like adults, but theyâ€™re not â€¦ Itâ€™s better that we have these conversations with our kids versus â€˜donâ€™t ever let me catch you doing this or thatâ€™ because then theyâ€™re not going to talk to you,â€� Combs said.
Those in attendance showed interest in meeting on a regular basis. â€œI thought the event was a great success â€” filled with laughter and tears as the parents had the opportunity to share their stories and be assured that they are not alone,â€� dâ€™Estienne said.
The next â€œMeet the Parentsâ€� event is scheduled for May 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with the topic â€œThe Teenage Brain: Strategies for Understanding and Coping with Teen Mental Health.â€�
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