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Social Emotional Wellness (SEW)

Read below to find out about our Student Wellness support and resources. Interesting links and information can also be found on the sidebar to the right. 
Present Parenting: a Workshop with Jill Willard

We are excited to present Jill Willard for a three part parenting workshop.  Jill will discuss simple tools for our current time of parenting, managing stress, and finding time to be with our kids in a calm state.  These tools will offer accountability, shame reduction, and mutual respect. Join us for this straightforward and clear discussion.  

Friday March 15th, 8:30-10am  click here for the presentation notes

Friday April 19th, 8:30-10am

Friday May 24th, 8:30-10am

Jill Willard is a mother of three and has lived and worked in the South Bay for over two decades.  Her work includes teaching mediation, guiding children and classrooms through an EQ/Emotional Intelligence program, trauma recovery and conflict resolution, and enabling children and adults to feel confident and content in their true nature.  

Please click here to register. 
Nutrition and Disordered Eating: How to Encourage Healthful Eating and Promote a Positive Self Image
A big thank you to both Diana Lipson-Burge and Gwen Schubert Grabb for important information on nutrition and healthful eating. For those of you who missed the presentation or you would like to refer back to the information, click here for Diana's presentation and here for Gwen's.
Check out more from Diana Lipson-Burge on the SBFC website!
Book Club and Speaker Event Information:
“Get PUMPEd” (Parent University at MBMS Participatory Education)
This year will be filled with new excitement and change for your child, but we want you as parents to build connections with us and each other as well.  This year we are continuing with our "Get PUMPEd” (Parent University at MBMS Participatory Education) through partnerships with MBEF, South Bay Families Connected, and the Beach Cities Health District.  It will include small group book clubs at MBMS moderated by Margot Parker, small-group workshops led by a local expert to provide expanded discussion following the Families Connected Speaker events and other parent education opportunities. 
Get PUMPeD Book 
How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims.
Our final book club of the year was a good one!  If you missed it or would just like the presentation notes from Margot Parker click here
If you missed a previous bookclub or would like the presentation: 
  • The Yes Brain Book Club was a huge success!  Margot Parker led an informative and interactive discussion focusing on resiliency and positive parenting strategies.  Click here for her full presentation if you missed the event or just want to review the notes!  
  • Middle School Makeover Book Club was a huge success.  If you were unable to attend, click here to view the power point presentation.  
  • A big thank you to both Meagan Ramsey and Margot Parker for their presentation on Internet Porn and how it affects our middle school teens.  For those who couldn't attend or if you missed it, click here for the full presentation.  

    Meagan has also provided a resource guide for those interested in researching this topic further.  Click here to see the guide. 

South Bay Families Connected  Events

Parent Connection Groups:

Also new this year, these informal walking groups will give parents an opportunity to connect with other parents on a range of topics. Groups are led by parent volunteers. The first walking group will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 9-10AM at Aviation Park, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. No registration necessary.  Click here for more info.
Visit the South Bay Families Connected website to see all the upcoming events, for many helpful resources,  and to find valuable parenting information. Sign up here to receive their monthly newsletter.

Don't miss the chance to learn and connect with others who are parenting in the pre-teen/teen time of life.  

Click here to find the MBMS Counseling staff, resources, blog, and schedule changes policy. 

Other resources:
If you haven’t yet, please visit Mira Costa High School’s youth wellness website, MCHS Families Connected, to read MBUSD's latest SEW Community Education article, Homework and Study.  

Click here to see what Parent Information is currently being offered in and around the South Bay.


Please feel free to contact us with questions or ideas that you may have for our MBMS families connected!

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Families Connected Parent Chat
Join other parents of teens and preteens in this weekly discussion of parenting challenges and successes led by a licensed family counselor.  There is no need to pre-register and participation is free.  Families Connected Parent Chats are held every Monday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Beach Cities Health District Cafe 514 N. Prospect Ave.  Redondo Beach, CA.  Questions can be sent to Tessa Dent of Beach Cities (
Mindful Parenting
Start 2018 with some helpful Mindful Parenting tips from a number of leaders in the field. Click here:
Interested in learning more about Vaping?  Here’s a link to the latest SBFC blog on vaping prevention: