Dear Derby Families!
My name is Mary Martin and I am the current 6th Grade Team A (Hall/Meyer) and 7th grade counselor. I am available to both you and your child with a goal of making their years here at Derby both fun and successful.
Please feel free to contact me at 248-203-5010 or at my email address email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Thanks in advance for your help with making the middle school years a success!
Hot Topic: Raising Children of Character
This past week we were able to spend time with family and friends, which gave us time to reflect on our blessings and the importance of helping others. As Derby counselors, every day we see acts of kindness and amazing character in our students. Parenting expert and educational psychologist, Dr. Michele Borba stresses the importance of adults being intentional In Planting Seeds of Empathy. Dr. Borba states “ seeds of empathy, caring, and compassion are present from early in life, but that to become caring, ethical people, children need adults to help them at every stage of childhood to nurture these seeds into full development. We should work to cultivate children’s concern for others because it’s fundamentally the right thing to do, and also because when children can empathize with and take responsibility for others, they’re likely to be happier and more successful. They’ll have better relationships their entire lives, and strong relationships are a key ingredient of happiness.“
Some key components for nurturing empathy in your child are found in Dr. Borba’s blog at
http://micheleborba.com/blog/raising-caring-respectful-ethical-children/ Below is a synopsis of her ideas on how we can plant these seeds of empathy.
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