From the President...
The main event is almost here! Julie Lythcott-Haims, NYT Best-Selling Author of How to Raise an Adult returns to McLean on April 26th, so gather your friends and attend as a group!

We welcome all community members to our Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm at the McLean Community Center. We’ll reflect on our year, welcome new members, bid farewell to outgoing board members, and look ahead to next year!

What can we do for you, your family, and your students? As always, we want to hear from you! Let us know how we can help!

Elizabeth Hale, President
Upcoming Events
Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood: Tips and Strategies for Raising Successful Kids

Former Stanford dean and New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult Julie Lythcott-Haims explains why our culture of over-parenting is hurting our children and making them ill-equipped for college and adulthood.

Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings, How to Raise an Adult is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.

This FREE program takes place April 26th from 7-9pm at Temple Rodef Shalom. It’s open to all, but registration is required. Visit the Safe Community Coalition website for more information and registration:

When Julie visited in 2016, it was to a packed, standing-room only auditorium (and some crazy thunderstorm and power outage, for those who remember!). Julie is an amazing and entertaining speaker; she tailors her talks to her audience (and comes to us from Palo Alto, California, a very similar community to ours), and shares actionable ideas from her own experience as a parent, college dean of freshman, and woman of color.

Brought to you through a partnership between the Safe Community Coalition and The Potomac School, this program will also be livestreamed for anyone unable to attend in person.
SCC in the Community
Middle School Forum Returned to In-Person this Spring

Thank you to our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), their advisors Marlene Sandhu and Johanna Kidwell, and Cooper and Longfellow Middle Schools staff and eighth graders for making Middle School Forum (MSF) a great success! Middle schoolers asked about academics, athletics, social events in and out of school, boys, girls, lunch time--anything. MSF helps rising freshmen understand the value of knowing yourself, making choices that are right for you, and being prepared to deal with the consequences of your actions. Many thanks to both Marlene and Johanna for planning, leading, and managing this large group of busy teens. While more senior members of YAC train newer members, Marlene and Johanna have put in countless hours supporting them.
Sixth Grade Ethics Day

Sixth Grade Ethics Day also returned mostly in-person this spring. The SCC Board has been working with elementary counselors to see which schools are able to host Sixth Grade Ethics Day at their schools. Our longtime facilitator and former Board member, Dr. Melissa Sporn, works with volunteers to run our Could-Should-Would Model of ethical decision making with sixth graders at several elementary schools.
McLean Day 2022

Come visit our tent at McLean Day 2022 on May 21 at Lewinsville Park. We’ll be sharing our mission, some of our favorite parenting advice handouts, and fan-favorite, face painting!
Reading List
‘We Have Essentially Turned a Blind Eye to Our Own Children for Decades’
Why we need to stop politicizing children’s mental health

By Judith Warner March 21, 2022
From the Washington Post On Parenting Blog

We are deep in the grip of a children’s mental health crisis.

That’s one belief that everyone in our deeply divided country seems to share. The headlines have been terrible: “8-Year-Olds in Despair.” “Their Tank is Empty.” “No Way to Grow Up.” Parents are frustrated, terrified — and increasingly angry. And they don’t have to look far to find politicians and pundits who will channel their pain. Those with the loudest voices and the biggest platforms all appear to agree: The children’s mental health crisis is a consequence of covid-era political decisions — the child-sacrificing outcome of too-rigid social distancing, too-lengthy school closures and too much mask-wearing. “The pandemic’s disruptions have led to lost learning, social isolation and widespread mental-health problems for children,” the New York Times’ David Leonhardt summed up back in January in a much-quoted newsletter. “Many American children are in crisis — as a result of pandemic restrictions rather than the virus itself.”

Distress Tolerance: Top 6 Steps

By Maria Kanakos, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
From the FamilyFirst Blog

Learning, practicing, and applying effective ways to tolerate, handle and cope with overwhelming situations is critical. So, in that regard below are six distress tolerance tips that improve emotional resiliency, prevent emotions from taking over, help increase stress tolerance, and keep you in the driver’s seat (or in control) when faced with situations that feel out of control.

What do students need right now?
by Ana Homayoun, former SCC speaker, from her blog

Over the past few months, I've listened to students and adults share experiences from this school year. For some, it has been overwhelming and exhausting. For others, it has been a welcome change. For most, it has been somewhere in the middle.

I've been thinking what can benefit students now, and in the coming months (hello, summer!!)...

The SCC thrives in its 26th year as an all-volunteer organization with funding from community grants and individual donors including the New Dominion Women’s Club, Rotary Club of McLean, McLean Community Foundation, the Zavela Foundation, and through the SCC Mental Health Committee. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and welcome all donations.
*SCC occasionally promotes events and programs outside of the SCC that align with our mission. However, this does not imply sponsorship by or any connection to the SCC unless noted. We simply offer them as a community resource. Others are welcome to share the information about such events or programs, but the SCC name or logo should not be added unless it’s an actual SCC program.