AHISD WellNews

February 2023

*parenting resources*

dr. becky kennedy

is a clinical psychologist, mom of three, and founder of Good Inside.

"When I was first starting out, I practiced a popular behavior-first, reward-and-punishment model of parent coaching. But after a while, something struck me: those methods feel awful — for kids and parents.

So I got to work, taking everything I know about attachment, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and internal family systems theory, and translated those ideas into a new method for working with parents."


You can also find Dr. Becky on her podcast

Good Inside with Dr. Becky

Your Teen Might be watching...


What Parents Need to Know - from common sense media

"Ginny & Georgia is a series about a mother and daughter. It may seem similar to the beloved Gilmore Girls, complete with the initials, a bookish teen girl (Ginny), and an outgoing young mom (Georgia), an adorable Northeastern town, pop culture chatter, and lots of junk food. But the resemblance ends there: This series is significantly more mature and faster-paced. Within a short time after arriving in the fictional Wellsbury, Mass., 15-year-old Ginny (Antonia Gentry) loses her virginity, smokes pot for the first time, and shoplifts with new friends. She also [engages in self-harm]. [Many of] the teens in the show smoke pot and talk about sex frequently. We also see mom Georgia (Brianne Howey) drink wine, smoke pot, steal from a store, and charm her way into a job in the single mayor's office. And in flashbacks, viewers see the abuse that Georgia escaped as a teen.

For more information check out Common Sense Media CLICK HERE

*The junior school information*

  • THANK YOU: to our community for your ongoing generosity towards helping and supporting our families in need


  • THANK YOU: to our community for your ongoing generosity towards helping and supporting our families in need
  • WELLNESS INTERN: Garret Farren has joined the Wellness Department for the spring semester. He is a Counseling graduate student from St. Mary's University. He will go on to pursue certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has already met with several students and is eager to help more.


plan on attending!

Erin Van De Walle, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Texas and

Thomas Mangiamele, Supervisory Special Agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration

This crisis is happening everywhere. You don't have to have concerns for your child in order to attend. Knowledge is power. So the more you know, the more you can protect your child.

Parents of any age child can attend.

Tuesday, February 28 @ 6 pm in the Alamo Heights High School Auditorium Foyer

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*WELLNESS for you*


"Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands."

And guess what?!! Burnout doesn't discriminate between full-time parents or folks with paid jobs. Burnout is an equal-opportunity jerk.

Signs of Burnout

PHYSICAL: feeling tired or drained most of the time; lowered immunity: frequent headaches or muscle pain; change in appetite and or sleep habits.

EMOTIONAL: a sense of failure and self-doubt; feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated; detachment or feeling alone in the world; loss of motivation, increasingly cynical and having a negative outlook; decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.

BEHAVIORAL: withdrawing from responsibilities; isolating from others; procrastination; using food, drugs, or alcohol to cope; taking frustrations out on others; skipping or not completing work; coming in late and leaving early to your paid job.

Dealing with Burnout

Reach out to others: Talk to loved ones about how you're feeling. Be more social. Start therapy.

Reframe your job: Recognize the value of your job. Make sure you have balance between work and the rest of your life. Use your time off. Make time off if you're a full-time parent.

Exercise: Make this a priority. Start with 30 minutes a day.

Healthy eating: Minimize sugar. Reduce caffeine and unhealthy fat intake. Avoid nicotine. Drink alcohol in moderation.

(from this article)

FRIENDLY in February

Did you know the #1 key to life longevity is to engage socially?!

Now is a great time to do more of that.

From www.actionforhappiness.org

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For More Information

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Wellness Website: http://tinyurl.com/AHISDWellness

Contact Cat Widder, LCSW (210) 832-5956 cwidder@ahisd.net