Teen Wellness Parent Speaker Night a Great Success!
Teen Wellness Parent Speaker Night a Great Success!
More than 700 parents attended the first Common Ground Speaker Series night, which was held at Serra on Tuesday evening. The Gellert Auditorium was packed, as guests listened to a very important topic -- Navigating the Tides of Adolescence. The talk focused on anxiety, academic stress, teen decision-making, depression, suicide, peer pressure and living a balanced life.

"Mission and Brotherhood's focus this year is Health and Wellness," noted Vice Principal/Student Life Marybeth Ortiz. "Given the multitude of issues that our students face in adolescence, it's imperative that we as parents and educators look at all aspects of their life, which includes their mental health. Tuesday evening was a candid conversation about how we can help our children stand on their own, fail safely and get the love and support that they need to grow."

The panel of clinicians prepared parents for effective conversations with their teens and preteens about these crucial issues. Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former Stanford dean and author of How to Raise an Adult, headlined the event, and KQED's Rachael Myrow was the moderator.

"Navigating the Tides was an important opportunity for parents to feel a unified effort in learning more about our teens' mental and emotional health," said Serra Madres' Club President DeAnn Teixeira. "The panel did an amazing job addressing our concerns about the issues our kids are encountering in the Bay Area -- particularly high pressure academic expectations. Julie Lythcott-Haines' courageous and emotional story about her struggles with navigating through parenting reminded us that no home is perfect. Taking the time to listen and communicate with our children can make all the difference in their happiness and educational experience."

Serra has joined The Common Ground Speaker Series, which is a consortium of 40 schools on the San Francisco Peninsula. Common Ground hosts distinguished speakers in education, parenting and health at school venues on the Peninsula. Parents at the 40 schools attend Common Ground events free of charge. For other Common Ground Series events, take a look at the impressive list for the 2019-2020 school year by CLICKING HERE.