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The Guidance Counselor at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School provides short-term individual and small group guidance lessons that address academic and personal success. The Counselor provides classroom guidance lessons that include respect, bullying, conflict resolution/problem solving, study skills/test taking skills, and character education.  Communication between the Guidance Counselor and parents is vital. If you have a concern about your child, please call or email.

  Name Title Contact
Nikki Curliss Curliss, Nikki Guidance Counselor 919-657-4800
Peaceful Christmas
09/28/2016 11:16 AM CST

Peaceful Christmastime!

It’s the Most  _______ Time of the Year! How would you complete the sentence? During the Christmas season, we are spending more time with distant relatives, keeping watch over children who are home from school, and creating shopping lists for gifts and food.  The American Psychological Association offers tips to help parents deal with holiday stress.

Set expectations – Talk to your kids about expectations for gifts and holiday activities. Be open with them if money is an issue.

Keep things in perspective – Try to consider stressful situations in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective.

Make connections – Good relationships with family and friends are important. So, view the holidays as a time to reconnect with people.

Take care of yourself – Pay attention to your own needs and feelings during the holiday season. Engage in activities that you and your family enjoy and find relaxing.

If you are feeling more stress and anxiety during the Christmas season, take some time to focus on how to best handle the stress. Think about what is causing the stress and determine which of these items you have control over. Despite the endless lists you are keeping, remember to spend time thinking about the real gift of the season, Christ’s birth! Are you spending time during Advent preparing for Christmas?  Spend time in prayer and reflection in Church and finding ways to help others.

For the complete article, visit the website: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/parents-holiday.aspx

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