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Counseling Corner

March 2024 Newsletter


Got planners?


As adults in the lives of young people, we wear many different hats as we balance our professional career and home life.  There never seems to be enough time to do all the things on our “To Do” list as we add new and unexpected responsibilities.


In the midst of chaos that often can define our reality, we strive to meet the needs of our children as our first priority.  Creating calm within ourselves and completing every assignment that demands our attention can be daunting.  Therefore, it is critically important for us to develop a plan that focuses on time management and maintains routines that help us stay focused and remain calm so we can successfully accomplish our goals.  


It is important for us to focus on improving tasks that are already on our agenda and completing that work before we take on any additional assignments.  That means we have to slow down and review how we are prioritizing and currently spending our time.


daily routine activities

One significant way to accomplish our work is to post our routines, including family events.  Putting them on your calendar allows you to see what is coming up and gives you time to properly plan ahead for the week or the month. It also helps to create a routine that includes dinner time, homework, silent reading, and setting bedtime.  That will allow children to create emotional stability and helps them to develop confidence.  When children can predict what is going to happen, they can become calmer, and it provides them with a sense of confidence. 

As children get older, they need help to keep to a schedule.  It is impossible for them to keep all their details and deadlines in their heads.  So, how can they keep track of EVERYTHING they have to do?  Posting a calendar on the fridge is a simple, visible reminder of events and tasks on their list of things to do.  Also, the telephone is an excellent tool to stay on top of tasks and assignments.  Keeping a planner or creating a “To Do” list provides an opportunity for intrinsic rewards.  Contributing to family chores, planning events, and placing a check mark next to accomplished tasks can help to achieve success and complete chores.  As a bonus children will feel a sense of purpose as they contribute to their family.


Also, you may want to include cooking dinner and going to sports practice as you make time to play and have fun.  Also, scheduling time to do absolutely “nothing” allows the brain to have free thought which allows creativity to occur.  Down time allows children to play and just be kids. 


Create time and space for children to accomplish more goals and achieve their desired results.  For adults, this “nothing” time looks more like playing golf, getting a massage, or reading a book.  Those quiet moments allow creativity to evolve. 


Such exercises also demonstrate how to adapt when things do not go as planned.  We are leading by example and showing how to rearrange our set plans to make room for new or unexpected events.  There is the logistic shift and the opportunity to remain calm when things do not always go as planned.


Video: The Importance of Daily Routines

Pictured from left to right: Alyssa Rodriguez (intern, USD), Holden Sandstrom (Student Support Services), Kenya Bohn (School Counselor), McKenna Jamison (intern, Pt Loma)


At Los Peñasquitos Elementary, we have a comprehensive student services and school counseling program. In order to prepare our children for the future they need to have basic skills such as reading, writing, and math. They also need to have interpersonal skills and communication skills in today's competitive workplace, the ability to work as a team, think independently, have a good attitude and be motivated to stay in school. Did you know that the most common reason people lose their jobs is not because they are not smart enough or don’t know their job well enough? It is because they cannot work as a team and get along well with others. Research shows that Early Intervention is key. Elementary School Counselors are one of the links to success. We are here to help! Here are the components of the Los Peñasquitos Student Services and School Counseling program:
Student Services Room: This room is open at lunch time recess as an alternate choice to the playground. Students may play with game boards, Legos, and art supplies.
Classroom Lessons: Students participate in class lessons about friendship skills, problem-solving and bullying prevention. Lessons are facilitated by the School Counselor or the Student Services teacher.
Small Student Groups: Groups are available to students with parent permission. Topics of groups are based on the needs of the students. Some of the possible topics are friendship skills, study/organization skills, dealing with change, anger management, and conflict resolution.
Individual Sessions: Students may meet one-on-one with the School Counselor. These sessions are approximately a half an hour once per week for four to ten weeks. Focus of session is individualized for each student. Parent permission is required.
Parent University: Parent education and information are provided throughout the school year offering such topics as “Communicating with Your Child”, “Developing Responsibility and Consequences”, “Managing Your Child’s Behavior”, and “Developing Capable Young People”.
Contact: Kenya Bohn, School Counselor
(858) 672-3600 ext. 3207
Email: [email protected]

Important Phone Numbers

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-TALK
The Access & Crisis Line San Diego  1-888-724-7240
The Crisis Text Line  Text HOME to 741741
San Diego region’s trusted source for access to community, health, social, and disaster services. A local non-profit operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  211
California Warmline  1-855-7415
The Trevor Project (supporting LGBTQ)  1-866-488-7386
National Domestic Violence Hotline  1-800-799-7233
Child Abuse Hotline  1-800-344-600
California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call or text.  1-855-4AParent
Disclaimer: The links  and ideas on this site are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional.