Mr. Harris' Blog

Welcome... I hope this blog can be useful, particularly to parents and the community, as another way to stay connected to what's going on around McNair. Find out more about McNair school counseling by clicking around the blog or reading my program brochure. Students can use my "Mr. Harris Please Help" form to let me know they need to chat. Please browse around and contact me ( if you just cannot find what you're looking for! It's my pleasure to serve McNair and the community.

Child just needs more help?

Here are a couple options for therapy at no charge:
- Family Solutions for Kids offers a great variety of services to meet the needs of children and their families including therapy and psychiatric services (brochure).
- Community Psychological Service (at UMSL) offers therapy for children & families for a variety of concerns. Psychological evaluation is also offered.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Forced Apologies?

Being around a lot of kids every day means seeing lots of lessons learned for them and me.  Over the years, I've tried many approaches to helping students resolve conflict.  One of them I've found that doesn't seem to work all that well is "Now, say your sorry!".  What good does it do if it's not genuine?  Probably none at all, except making ME feel like I had some closure on the situation.  I'm not saying that we shouldn't teach our kids the value of apologies, but a little patience with closing the deal might make for a more genuine and unexpected outcome.  I thought this article captured the essence of the problem...  Why forcing your kids to apologize is a bad idea. - By Emily Bazelon - Slate Magazine: