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Social Emotional Wellness (SEW)

Click here to find the MBMS Counseling staff, resources, blog, and schedule changes policy.
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. 
Click here to see what Parent Information is currently being offered in and around the South Bay.
Did you know that MBMS has its very own parenting Book Club?
Please visit our Book Club Announcement on the MBMS website homepage to find out the current Book Club title, discussion date, and sign up. FYI: You do not need to read the book to participate in the discussion! 
Past Book Club Reads:
13 Thing Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning and Success by Amy Morin
Click here for Mrs. Parker's presentation and here for the video
Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age by Yalda T. Uhls, PhD
Click here for Mrs. Parker's presentation from this book. 
“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 introducing “Get PUMPEd” (Parent University at MBMS Participatory Education) through partnerships with MBEF and the Beach Cities Health District.  We have developed a series of expert speakers on timely issues including Denise Pope, author of Overloaded and Underprepared; Michelle Borba, author or Unselfie; Common Sense Media; Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, author of Bending Toward the Sun, and her mother, a Holocaust survivor to name just a few.

We are offering as many night sessions as possible so more parents can be included.  Please calendar these dates and join us.  It will be a chance to get valuable information and connect with others who are parenting in the pre-teen/teen time of life.  Parents attending 7 or more sessions received an MBMS Parent University certificate.  Those attending 10 or more sessions also receive an “I’m PUMPEd” car magnet.  Click here to see all sessions that will be offered. 

Other resources:
Please also visit the MBMS Families Connected website for many helpful 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.  

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

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Our recent Parent Ed night was a huge success! Thank you to our community experts for sharing their knowledge with us. 
For those who missed it or are interested, here are the full presentations:
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 (
Families Connected Parent Newsletter
This month’s Families Connected Parent Newsletter will connect you with the top SBFC resource pages and blogs of 2017. No surprise…our Teens and Technology page topped the list. Check it out here:
Mindful Parenting
Start 2018 with some helpful Mindful Parenting tips from a number of leaders in the field. Click here: