Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What's Wrong with Middle Schoolers Anyway?


And Everything!
Age 14 - at the end of Middle School.

Middle School is a crazy time for kids (and parents!)

I'm the parent of a daughter who recently passed through the "Valley of the Shadow of Middle School," and we both survived.

Thus, I'm now an EXPERT on parenting a middle school daughter.  Right?


Yet, I'm writing a book all about it!

From parenting a middle schooler, and working with middle schoolers every day, I've observed some important insights into the creatures known as middle schoolers.

Middle School Kids . . .

1. Like gum.  They are also generally willing to share their gum with you.

2. Have very strong emotions that reside just below the surface at all times.  One small thing can propel these emotions to the surface with a vengeance.

3. Like Hot Cheetos and Takis.  If you haven't seen the Youtube video made by Minneapolis kids, check it out HERE.

4. Want to pick out their own clothes.  Don't even think about bringing home an outfit for them unless you've cleared it ahead of time.

5. Like money. They want to buy stuff. And the stuff they want is more expensive than in elementary school.  For example: i-pods, i-pads, i-phones, expensive athletic shoes, and anything from Hollister.

And that's just the beginning!

** If you're a parent of a middle schooler, or a former middle schooler, I'd love to hear your insights into parenting kids during these sometimes tricky years!

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