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New Year! New Books!

As we head into the new year, we thought it might be nice to start 2018 with some book recommendations. We asked members of our administration to offer some suggestions for books they have read over the past few months regarding parenting or our Christian walk.

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Whom Are You Serving This Christmas

by Susan Causey, FPD School Counselor Christmas is a magical time of year for children and adults. The holiday lights, ribbons, trees, music, gifts, festivities, food, family, and friends all add to the celebratory mood. For Christians, it is especially a time to reflect on the God of the universe sending His one and only […]

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Letter from an Alum to the Teachers “Any Student Would Be Lucky To Have”

Alumna Maggie Moody (’17) sent this letter to FPD High School Principal Matt Kitchell on November 27. With her permission we are sharing it. Maggie does an amazing job summing up what an education at FPD is truly all about!

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Thanksgiving Game

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I  am reminded of a game we use to play when the children were young. If someone whined or complained, we would quickly remind them, “Let’s play the ‘Thankful Game’.” Then we would try to come up with as many things as we could think of for which to be thankful. Pretty soon we would start coming up with all kinds of blessings, and before we knew it, the mood was lifted.

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Things Every 18-Year-Old Should Know

From the book, “How to Raise an Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims, dean of freshman and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, FPD Director of College Counseling, Brad Thompson, gives his perspective on Lythcott-Haims’s list of things every 18-year-old should know before they head off to college.

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How to Help Your Student Reach Their Goals for School Success

With every goal, one must prepare to reach it, focus on it, and then follow through. As the school year starts, here are some tips to keeping your student on task to help him or her reach the goal of school success:

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Don’t Wait for a Power Outage to Inspire Creative Thinking

With the swipe of a finger or the push of a button we have instant entertainment and gratification. However, because of this, our creative outlets, ideas, and patience have been kicked to the curb. Let’s find our inner child and teach our kids some creative outlets.

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What Will You Do This Summer?

God has given us the technological tools we use. Any tool can be used in a productive and edifying way or in harmful and destructive ways.

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Power of Parent Pursuit

But dear parents, keep asking. Keep talking. Keep eating meals with them even if those meals are in silence. Keep telling them that you love them and you are there for them and it is an honor to be their parent. Respect their decision to tell you things when they are ready, but show them by your consistency that you are eager to listen. You’ll find that when they need you, they’ll come.

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Couselor’s Corner – What Makes My Child Act That Way

The fourth goal children try to achieve after contact, power, and protection, is withdrawal. It is important to require your child to participate at meals and with the family, but it is also important to give them healthy space as they seek to find their own way.

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