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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
Leadership Development for Children
09/28/2016 11:19 AM CST

 “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate”. Anonymous

Think of the great leaders in your life. What qualities do you think of when describing these leaders? Children can learn how to lead by example and by adults’ role modeling great leadership behaviors. In a web article on Psychology Today, Psychologists suggest leadership tasks parents should help children develop at a young age.

Preschool years (ages 2-5)

Delay of Gratification. Children need to learn to control a want for something and learn to wait for the reward. The reward doesn’t have to always be a purchased gift. You can give the gift of time and teach time management.

Communication Skills. Children need to learn social skills and how to express themselves in appropriate ways. Children need to understand nonverbal communication and to read others faces.

Elementary school (ages 6-11)

Working in Teams. Children learn how to listen to others and collaborate with peers. Children can be creative and express their ideas.

Public Speaking. Children practice organizing thoughts and sharing ideas in front of others.

Etiquette and Understanding Social Situations. Children need to learn how to act appropriately and parents should role model this behavior with their children. Manners such as please, thank you, waiting a turn, and sharing are basic golden rule manners.

Early Leadership Tasks. Children can take on leadership roles in the classroom and in community groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Children can thrive by taking on responsibility and feeling successful at leading and completing a task.

Middle School (ages 11-14)

Self-Mangement Skills. Parents role model and teach students to set goals, write down assignments and manage time.

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