Box and Ball-Grief Activity

Box and Ball Counseling

I love doing activities in my counseling sessions with kids!! Over the years I've learned that small activities can lead to powerful conversations!! I've been saying this a lot recently...I feel like it's my new counseling model!! But it's sssoo true. Kids come into my counseling office and they don't know how to talk about their problems.  I mean let's be honest half the time they don't even know what the problem is exactly.  And they definitely don't know how to fix the problem. So how do we get them to talk? How do we help them learn to safely open up? How do we figure out the problem?  And once they've opened up, how do we lead them to their own solutions/conclusions?  The answer...activities!!

Today's activity that I'm sharing is called the box and ball lesson. I first read about the box and ball lesson while I was researching new activities for my grief group. A few weeks ago I decided to give it a try and I was super impressed with the conversations that came from our lesson.

Separation Anxiety in Middle School

How to help with separation anxiety in teens

Separation anxiety is common when students first start preschool and elementary school.  It's not that common in middle school...but let's just say it happens enough for me to write a blog post about it!! Every year I see more and more separation anxiety at the middle school level. Some parents say their child has always had separation anxiety and others say this is the first time they're seeing signs. It's not surprising that students suddenly develop anxiety in middle school considering they're developmentally moving from concrete thinking to abstract thinking.  There's lots of information available online regarding the connection between abstract thinking and anxiety...but that's not something we're going to dive into today.

Today we're going to discuss some solutions to help a student with separation anxiety. I'll provide a plan that includes the parents and school counselor working together to successfully get the child to school.

Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese

Spaghetti Squash Recipe


1 spaghetti squash
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 package of bacon 
1 tsp garlic
1 (5oz) bag baby spinach
2-4 oz goat cheese, crumbled