Weekly Update - 1/7/22
During the New Year, when there is so much expectation to create goals, resolutions, and renewed expectations, it can feel a bit overwhelming! This New Year, as a parent and as a school counselor, my goals look a little different than in previous years. In this New Year, I aim to pay attention to the things that students love to do. When I think about what our students need right now, I believe that it has more to do with renewed passion and joy than just about anything. I have had some wonderful discussions with students in recent months about things that they are passionate about. These things range from animals to anime, basketball to baking, computer programming to coffee, and a plethora of others! I love watching students come alive when talking about that which makes them tick.
One of my daughters loves plants. She is fascinated by the variety of plants, how to care for them, and how to propagate them so that she can share them with other people. I like plants, but I don’t quite have the passion that she has for them. However, I want to support her in what she loves, so I am learning. I also believe that it is important to foster that passion, so I am looking for opportunities for my daughter to grow her knowledge of plants. Sometimes, when our children have interests and passions that are different from our own, it is easy to brush them off as “their things,” but if we want to have meaningful connections with our students, those connections can be deepened when we are curious about their interests. Offer to learn about (and play) Dungeons and Dragons, seek out a summer volleyball camp, search for internship opportunities at a plant nursery… just to name a few. The message that we send to our kiddos is, “I see you, I hear you, I don’t know much about _____, but I think that is really cool.”
~ Be well, Mrs. Allred-McGee