Symbol of the Month: The Rowan Berry, June 2019


    The rowan tree has long been considered a source of wisdom and guidepost for adventurers, and a portal to new worlds. Sprigs of rowan are thought to be a magical source of protection.

    We like encouraging girls to ask questions of those who seem wise or experienced. It's the asking and discovering that can lead to new realizations. Having that growth mindset, that curious stance, is what allows our girls to be transported to new worlds.

    This month, you can ask your daughter, "Of all the people you know at school, who seems to be the wisest?"  And "what does that person do or say that makes you believe they are so wise?"

    It's important to remind our girls to have clarity about which words or actions they observe, and why those observations result in a certain opinion of someone. 

    Perhaps you might want to ask your daughter, "Can you remember a time when you asked a question or got an answer that made you really stop and think?" Or "Do you remember a time when you suddenly became aware of a whole, new concept that you had never heard of before? What was that like?"

    If you're interested in the growth mindset, which most of our kids’ schools have embraced, I’d suggest Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    Our monthly content is ideated and written by Cristina Young, LCSW, who has more than 25 years of experience providing professional support to children, adolescents, adults, and families.