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Middle & High School Parent Education Resources


To provide timely, relevant tools and resources to parents to help them navigate their child’s adolescence and support their children in making wise choices. To foster connection, community, and mutual support among 6th- 12th grade Headwaters families and to acknowledge their innate wisdom.

Past speakers have included:

Recommended reading on adolescence:

  • Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence (all titles by Carl Pickardt)
  • Getting to Calm by By Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D., and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D. (www.gettingtocalm.com)
  • The Big Disconnect by Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D. (kids and technology) www.csadair.com
  • Notes from Dr. Leonard Sax’s recent talk in Austin (recommendations on kids and technology): view at this link
  • It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris
  • Brainstorm: The Power and the Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel, M.D.
  • Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. and Gabor Mate, M.D.

Recommended parenting resources (list of therapists, parenting coaches):

Centering Resources for Home Practice

At Headwaters School, all classes and meetings begin with a brief period of centering, or mindfulness practice.  Research has demonstrated that regular mindfulness practice confers a wide range of physical, mental, emotional, and academic benefits on the practitioner. (For a detailed list of those benefits, you may refer to this page on the American Psychological Association website.

Occasionally, students and families choose to carry these practices into the home as well, in order to maximize the benefits gained.  If you would like to do so yourself, here are two guided mindfulness recordings that you can use at home.  (They were recorded by Willow Dea, a former employee and longtime friend of Headwaters School; she has given permission for the recordings to be uploaded to our website, and downloaded by you for your personal use.)

Ideas or suggestions?

Please email Ryan Phillips at r.phillips@headwaters.org.