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 (aharris@hazelwoodschools.org/314-953-4708) 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.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

University of Missouri Extension


University of Missouri Extension offers an enormous amount of information and resources on a variety of topics to the public.  When it comes to families and parenting, this is no exception.

http://extension.missouri.edu/index.aspx (click on Families and Relationships Tab) is a solid and trusted website for families to find information related to child development, parenting and family care, and relationships, among other topics.  The site is easy to navigate and includes publications on various topics that are reader friendly.  Besides publications, on each topic, visitors can find links to quality websites, news, and even courses to take.

Also from this website, there is an index of scores of programs that may be beneficial to various families.  St. Charles County (St. Peters) is the closest brick and mortar extension office listed and holds "in-person" parenting classes.

"National Screen-Free Week" April 30-May 6

Just found out that tomorrow starts "National Screen Free Week".  This concept is difficult for many families to achieve in our world of 24/7 access to information and programming via TV's in every room and WiFi/3g devices rampant.  So getting intentional about what kids see and do is necessary for breaking the habit.  Not to say that a little developmentally appropriate TV here and there is bad for a kid, but it's easy for families to exist together without much interaction if we're glued to our devices all the time.  Check out the article "Play More, Watch Less" by Sara Gable to learn more and consider joining in on the "fun" this week.  Also, consider the book  by Bobbi Conner.