Welcome to the South Bay Families Connected (SBFC) social emotional wellness page for parents and educators of youth k-8, where you will find resources and information to help you raise healthy, resilient kids, and effectively navigate some of the common social-emotional wellness challenges your child might be facing at this stage in her or his development. Additionally, some information on this page is intended to provide you with specific tools that you can employ now to help reduce the likelihood that your child will experiment with drugs and alcohol in the future.
Many of our SBFC partner districts are focusing on social and emotional learning (SEL), the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (Please Note: clicking on many of the images on this page will take you out of the SBFC website, but SBFC will remain open in your browser)
SBFC Featured Experts
Tips from Leah Niehaus, LCSW, on how to connect in a meaningful way with our youth.
Tips from Leah Niehaus, LCSW, on how to foster a sense of belonging for our youth.
Tips from Anna Pirkl, LMFT, ATR, LAADAC, on how to raise compassionate children.
Nationally Recognized Programs and Resources
Outstanding resources for building character (Great Schools)
Advancing the science and practice of character development (Character Lab)
Edutopia is a comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. (The George Lucas Foundation)
Articles, blogs, videos and podcasts to help foster Growth Mindset (KQED, NPR, and PBS)
Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource that includes information at every stage of a child’s development. (NBC News Education Nation)
Strategies for healthy, engaged kids and stronger schools. Clicking on the image above will bring you to the parent resource page (Stanford Graduate School of Education)
Kids In The House is a national parenting resource for the modern parent, with 8000+ videos from 450 experts to help answer many of your parenting questions.
Mind Up is a framework for success in learning and life. Clicking on the image above will bring you to the Mind Up library (The Hawn Foundation)
Featured Social Emotional Wellness Articles
- How to Awaken Joy in Kids (Greater Good - Berkeley)
- Why Talking to Kids About Emotions Early Matters (Parent.co)
- The Science of Character, Developing Positive Learning Traits (KQED - Mindshift)
- My Turn: Chores Better Connect Kids to Their Families (The Daily Breeze)
- Teaching Character (KQED - MindShift)
- How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading (KQED - MindShift)
- How a Happy School Can Help Kids Succeed (NPR)
- Keep Calm and Parent On (PaloAltoOnline.com)
- 15 Questions to Replace, "How Was School Today?" (Edutopia, The George Lucas Educational Foundation)
The SBFC Empathy and Compassion Project
Please Visit the SBFC Inclusive Community Page for resources, articles and videos to help us create inclusive school and community environments that encourage and embrace every individual's uniqueness and authenticity.
Thank you to the Henry Family for sharing their story with us.
Common Parenting Concerns during the Elementary School Years
Tips to foster healthy use of social media and technology now, and how to prepare for navigating the years ahead.
Ways to teach empathy, reduce bullying, and help your child best deal with bullying behavior by others.
Strategies and tools to help your child learn healthy ways to reduce their stress levels and anxiety.
Ongoing, Free Parenting Education Events, Videos, and Information Provided by SBFC
Paving the Path for Healthy Choices During the Teen Years: Talk Early, Talk Often
What Elementary School Parents Can Do Now to Help Their Future Teen Resist Alcohol
For parents and guardians of kids ages 10 to 14, this is a comprehensive guide to help talk to your kids about alcohol (NIAAA)
While a sense of inevitability often surrounds the topic of teen drinking, adults can play an important role in preventing underage alcohol use. (NPR)
A comprehensive guide that you can download (SAMSHA)