The partnership between school staff and families is perhaps the most crucial element in the education of our children. We have the privilege of teaching a child for nearly eight hours a day, five days a week, and nine months a year. How that child learns, grows and matures is a function of the combined efforts of parents, significant relatives, teachers and support staff.
Leander ISD hopes to enhance this relationship by offering a series of workshops that tackle some of the most challenging aspects of being an adolescent. Our “Empowered Parenting” series, created by our Counseling Services Department, features hour-long seminars on carefully selected topics intended to meet the needs of our community and equip parents with knowledge and skills.
Our Empowered Parenting workshop last week centered on the need to talk about mental health. Research shows that one in five teens experience a mental health issue, with depression and anxiety being the most common diagnosis. Left untreated, these conditions can worsen and impact all aspects of a child’s life. More than 40 percent of teens are not receiving the care and treatment they need – often because they are too embarrassed to talk about mental health or do not know how to ask for help.
Our Empowered Parenting session next month focuses on adolescent depression, while the January workshop centers on the factors behind adolescent drug and alcohol abuse. The final two sessions (in March and April) examine healthy teen relationships and ways to keep our youth safe online.
I strongly encourage you to visit the district’s counseling services web page for more information about these free, informative, and accessible workshops. We all have a responsibility and obligation to shepherd our children in reaching their full potential. Empowered Parenting offers insight, guidance and tools so that all students have a bright future.