Thinking "Happy Thoughts"

Posted: May 20, 2020

I woke up recently to the film “Hook” playing on TV. Watching Robin Williams as Peter Pan gave me a warm reminder about the importance of thinking “happy thoughts” in order to be able “fly,” whether as an adult or a child. It prompted me to make a list of the thoughts and memories that make me happy. This list of joyful thoughts provided me with some relief and balance against the stress that I’ve been feeling recently. My list also made me reflect on the stresses that my students continue to undergo during this quarantine—like not being able to graduate on stage, missing their friends, and being away from school in general.

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Resources for Parents

Posted: May 13, 2020

The Overcoming Obstacles Parent-Child Snapshots are a collection of activities parents can use to help their children cope with stress, stay positive, and develop critical skills, including study skills.  These handbooks are available in versions for both younger and older students and can be downloaded for free below in English and Spanish.

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"Overcoming COVID-19"

Posted: May 11, 2020

It is said that 2020 means perfect vision, But this 2020 came with a cataract. A virus, paving its path with corpses; The world mourns.

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The Tools to Persevere

Posted: April 15, 2020

As I sit back and listen to the song “We Are the World,” it takes on a very different meaning in our new world focused on social distancing. It takes coping skills to focus on the children as well as ourselves. Hearing someone sneeze can cause nervousness which makes it harder to find laugher in these unpredictable times. Just worrying about the stressful “what ifs” of coronavirus can break your body down.

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Life Skills for Remote Learning

Posted: March 24, 2020

Overcoming Obstacles’ Life Skills Lessons for Remote Learning is a free resource that offers educators engaging activities they can use with their secondary school students while they are learning from home. The activities will help your students identify their strengths, make better decisions, achieve their goals, develop a positive attitude, respect themselves as well as others, and handle the stress in their lives. Please feel free to include this handbook in any resource packet you, your school, or school district are assembling during this time of remote learning, and do not hesitate to share this handbook with anyone you feel will find it helpful.

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