"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."
"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."