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Thriving in Middle School

Hi parents & guardians!

Welcome to our school counseling blog. This post is meant to give you a few resources to help you thrive with your growing and changing child.

Scholastic published this wonderful article ( in their Parent section that mentions almost every middle school buzzword: physical changes, peer pressure, friends to enemies, new opinions, school adjustments, and dating. They give helpful advice on all of these adjustments that can be sudden and intimidating.

This article (, explains 8 honest truths about your middle schooler and how to deal with the issues at hand. The author, a former middle school teacher, gives you some science behind the changes, goes into detail about the challenges you may be facing, and offers helpful advice to ease the transition.

1. They care more about the opinions of their peers than pretty much anything else

2. They are horrified by what their bodies are doing

3. They trend toward hyperbole (they like to exaggerate)

4. They are mortified by public praise

5. They can’t be trusted

6. They just now realized that you are a human being. Wait… Nevermind.

7. They are pulling away from their parents.

8. They are still kids.

Technology Addictions. It is something that counselors are seeing in children and adults, alike. This article ( tells it like it is, challenging parents to set safe boundaries for their kids while also setting boundaries for themselves. The author gives 6 helpful hints on how to set boundaries at home.

This next article speaks to the ideas of responsibility and accountability. ( The author gives many examples of ways your child can expand their social and emotional abilities, including responsibility, empathy, kindness, and relationship skills.

As children grow older, the ideas of what boundaries are change. This article, by the Child Mind Institute, emphasizes the importance of empathy in boundaries, how to set personal boundaries, and how respect plays into these interactions (

Another subject that the Child Mind Institute has a wonderful article on is Executive Functioning ( Executive Functioning is the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. They give helpful advice making checklists, setting time limits, and giving rationale behind learning new skills.

One of the most common topics I see students for is friendship changes. This article ( explains the ups and downs of friendship and what to expect in the coming years.

Sleep. We all need it. Are our children getting enough? The Center for Disease control published this article ( that includes tons of great information, including a bedtime calculator, data on a middle school sleep study, and tips on helping your child get the sleep that they need.

Lastly, changing bodies, one of the biggest middle school topics. It’s something that causes stress in the minds of boys and girls alike. The choice of when to start accommodating these changes in a girl’s body begins with bras. This article ( address body changes and what to look for in a bra. Developmentally, you can expect physical, cognitive, language, and social & emotional changes. This article ( briefly touches on all of them and let’s you know what to expect.

Thank you so much for visiting our blog and we look forward to seeing you at our next parent night!

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