Mentor’s Compass: Responding to a Tough First Day

In this episode of Mentor’s Compass, 6th grade teacher, Shane O’Neill, discusses how we, as parents, can help our sons turn the challenge of a difficult first day into an opportunity for growth. Rather than brushing our boys aside on one hand, or indulging their feelings on the other, we need to accompany them as they take on the new challenge.  Shane offers both big picture ideas and practical considerations here.

Shane O'Neill

About the :

Shane O'Neill


Shane O’Neill is the Varsity Rugby coach and a member of the middle school faculty at The Heights, teaching sixth grade. He is a 2006 graduate of the School and earned his B.A. in Politics from the University of Dallas. He and wife Libby reside in Damascus, Maryland.

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