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November 2022 - Healthy Relationships

Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who tried our Positive Mindset activities from last month’s blog. I would love to hear feedback, the positives and negatives, about the participation. Iron River School loves hearing about the things you are doing at home to support what your child is learning at school. 

For the month of November, Northern Lights School Division, is focusing on building and maintaining healthy relationships. At Iron River we will be teaching the elementary students how to set up boundaries for healthy friendships by using the story "The Not-So-Friendly Friend", along with participating in some classroom activities. Here is a read aloud of the book, so you can continue discussions with your family at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-CLxKFmsFk 

I will be giving presentations to the Grade 5-8s on the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Here is some information about building or maintaining healthy relationships that you can incorporate into your discussions at home:

Print off this poster so your child can have a visual of tips for making and keeping friends https://www.canva.com/design/DAFQ0gySUFU/15xm2-gAj0yFiZbFlEqYGg/edit 

If you want some information on how to teach your child about healthy relationships, check out this website: How to Teach Children About Healthy Relationships. Personally, I thought the following quote from the article really stressed the importance of not only teaching your children about healthy relationships, but also the importance of modelling for them what that looks like: “Relationships can have a huge impact on children and young people’s lives; it’s important to give them the tools they need to build healthy ones and recognize warning signs. Teaching about healthy relationships could decrease the levels of child exploitation and domestic abuse, and improve your students’ wellbeing and futures” 

Does your family love to play games together? Try this interactive healthy vs. unhealthy relationship snowball game that a few counselors and I created.

https://www.canva.com/design/DAFO3VgBfEA/qc7lnnSSMAi3oP3PjKBKsQ/edit?utm_content=DAFO3VgBfEA&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link2&utm_source=sharebutton 

For more great resources, check out the Healthy Relationships page of the NLPS website.

If you would like to further discuss healthy relationships, or any counselling related matters, please feel free to contact me at the school at (780) 826-5617 or by email at danielle.webb@nlsd.ab.ca

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