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Mentors Matter...As Early As Middle School

Illana Raia | Posted 01.11.2017 | Women
Illana Raia

Hey, middle school girls - it's 2017! You know what that means - every magazine cover is plastered with reasons why you need a sparkly new set of reso...

What Middle School Girls Should Know About Friendship

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 12.09.2016 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

A woman in teen ministry once shared with me a term that describes the state of female friendships in the middle school years. Fluid. In other w...

Bullying and Sexual Harassment at School: A Disturbing Connection

The Conversation US | Posted 12.02.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

By Dorothy Espelage, University of Florida Over the past two decades, the national media has given considerable attention to disturbing stories of yo...

Helping My Daughter With Autism Handle Bullies

Tre Harrington | Posted 11.15.2016 | Parents
Tre Harrington

When I was growing up, I was THAT girl in the class. You know, the one who was twenty pounds overweight and didn't really care how she looked. It's ok...

More Middle School Students Die By Suicide Than Car Crashes

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.04.2016 | Healthy Living

The suicide rate among U.S. middle school students doubled from 2007 to 2014, surpassing for the first time the incidence of youngsters aged 10 to 14 ...

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life - A Hilariously Relatable Adventure

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 10.31.2016 | Teen

Who doesn't have mixed feelings about their middle school experience? It's a time of transition and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, based o...

Donald Trump -- The Poster Boy For Rape Culture

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Jennifer Wolfe

It's time to stop hiding behind 'it's OK.' It's time to let Donald Trump be the poster boy for rape culture, misogyny, body shaming, and derogatory language about women.

Too Young to Vote...But Old Enough to Care

Illana Raia | Posted 10.11.2016 | Women
Illana Raia

Hey, middle school girl. Yeah, the girl hiding behind her bangs and pretending to ignore the presidential election. We see you. People think that b...

Boston Public Schools to Transform Classrooms into STEM Learning Labs

Martin J. Walsh | Posted 10.05.2016 | Science
Martin J. Walsh

STEM Week Begins at the Perry K-8 School in South Boston The majority of children born today will work for companies that have not yet been started,...

They Have Arrived -- The Wonder Years

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 09.06.2016 | Parents
Heather Gillis-Harris

As we walked out of the building where my son will spend the next three years before moving on to (I-don't-even-want-to-think-about-it high-school) I so badly wanted to hug him and not let go.

To My Boy Going Into Middle School

Lori Ferraro | Posted 08.31.2016 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

School starts next week and yes of course, in some ways I find myself anxious to get my 8 and 11 year old boys back into their routines. But summer ...

When My Son Met Another Out LGBTQ Kid On The First Day Of Middle School

Amelia | Posted 08.21.2016 | Queer Voices

If I watched a movie or a TV show where a conversation like that happened, I would probably roll my eyes at the too-perfectness, the fakeness, of it all. But it did happen, and it made my kid's first day of middle school awesome.

Parenting Tips On Helping Your Child Transition To Middle School

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How can you help your child prepare for this new experience so they can think of it in a positive light with new opportunities for friendships and learning?

Stay Weird, My Love

Jessica Kahan | Posted 08.11.2016 | Parents
Jessica Kahan

Your "weird" is what makes you, you. The way you write. The way you draw. The way you wear your heart right out on your sleeve. The way you laugh and giggle and sing. The way you dance and draw song lyrics all over your pants.

Cyberbullying: 11-Year-Old Falls Victim to Offline and Online Bullying in Virginia

Brian David Crane | Posted 06.10.2016 | Crime
Brian David Crane

An 11-year-old was recently hospitalized after allegedly being shoved from a bus ramp by bullies and breaking her wrist in four places. The father of...

Teach Money Skills to Your Middle Schooler This Summer

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 05.25.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Most 12-to-14-year-olds I know are pretty busy over summer break. They're active with sports, their friends and for many, their first odd jobs around ...

Lost in the Middle

Saleem Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Saleem Ahmed

Since the start of this academic school year I have been working part-time at a public middle school in Philadelphia. Through several partnerships and an education grant, I was assigned to teach video production and media literacy to students during and after school.

Is Testing Creating a Toxic Culture in Schools?

Ossa Fisher | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Ossa Fisher

Sometimes I wonder if the standardized testing we do in many of our schools today does just that: judges fish on their climbing ability. Many assessments evaluate unnecessary academic skills that have no basis in determining if a child is ready to move on to the next level of learning.

Ten Ways to Help Your Kids Succeed in Middle School

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Middle school kids have so much on their minds--friendships, grades, parents, first crushes, appearances and more. They come in all shapes and sizes,...

The Hard Truth All Parents Of Teenagers Understand

Quiet Revolution | Nidhi Berry | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living

This article first appeared on I don’t see you much anymore. And when I do, it’s in passing, and mostly through car windows, waving t...

Middle School Vs. My Gay Kid

Amelia | Posted 04.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A "boys will be boys" attitude offers little comfort to a kid suffering through school. My kid deserves better. All kids do.

'Awkward Age' Can Be a Beautiful Thing

Aimee Heckel | Posted 03.30.2016 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

College graduation. I was busy shaking hands and shaking envelopes for money when I spotted my friend-slash-brother's-girlfriend-slash-future-sister-in-law across the room acting oddly.

The Internet Can't Get Enough Of The Freakiest Game Ending Ever

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.30.2016 | Sports

Some sports highlights are so crazy and rare, they are worth revisiting. Even in youth basketball. A heartbreaking moment in which a Kansas middle sch...

The Tragedy of Teaching To Kill A Mockingbird in Middle School

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 02.25.2017 | Education
Kelly Suellentrop

As if on cue, eighteen or so sets of preteen eyes would turn and stare at me, sitting behind them at a desk with a small ballpoint tattoo on the bottom left corner. They were looking for the tears I had promised them.

5 Ways to Prevent the 50 Shades of Middle School

Keisha Howard | Posted 01.27.2017 | Parents
Keisha Howard

If you are a parent with a child in middle school, it just got real. It's time to have serious sex talks with your teen, because although he or she may be acting like they don't know much about sex, or that they aren't interested in sex, it is still around them.