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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 02.26.2016 | 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 01.27.2016 | 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.

8 Ways to Get Your Junior High Schooler to Wear a Winter Jacket

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 01.18.2016 | Parents
Yasmina Blackburn

The nerve endings of elementary school aged children actually mutate on the last day of 6th grade; and, their skin no longer feels the elements of cold and wind. This is proven fact.

The Antidote for a Hurried Childhood

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.10.2015 | Books
Vicki Cobb

Between instant messaging, fast food, sound bites, over-scheduled activities and frantically distracting video games, when does a kid get a break to stop and think or, at least, slow down long enough to ponder?

Friend Or Associate

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 12.03.2015 | Women
Sophia Williams-Baugh

So...I've always wondered, "what is a friend?" How is a friend supposed to act? How do they interact with each other? How much time do they spend toge...

WATCH: How I Overcame Bullying: A 12-Year-Old Actress' Inspiring Story

HooplaHa | Posted 11.20.2015 | Good News

Today happens to be International Stand Up To Bullying Day; we have the perfect video for you! This is the first video in a series highlighting resil...

The 'L' Word: When a Friend Lies to Your Daughter

Vanessa Schenck | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Vanessa Schenck

As I picked up my daughter recently from a playdate, she got in the car and proceeded to tell me one of her friends had lied to her that day. This was my cue to turn off the radio. "Lied to you? Are you sure?" I proceeded to ask. Yes, quite sure.

Eighth-Grader Sent To Principal’s Office For Her Natural Hair Being 'Too Poofy'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices

A Toronto teen was called to the principal's office last week because her natural hair was "too poofy," according to her aunt's Facebook post. I wake...

How Is Student Testing Related to the Asian Tiger Mosquito

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

If you are administration, make sure teachers know they are more than their test scores. If you are a parent, support schools as they experiment with different strategies of implementation as we seek a more rational place with testing.

Learning from the Community School Model

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

A few weeks ago, a little girl was tragically hit by a car outside of our school. Immediately, hashtags were promoted, booths were erected, fundraising began. Parents donned bright vests as volunteer crossing guards. In the blink of an eye, we had become a Community School.

Langston Hughes Reduced One of my Seventh Graders to Tears and It Was Amazing

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 10.24.2015 | Education
Kristy L. Moore

It's not that I want my students to cry when they read, but I want my students to cry when they read. I also want them to laugh, get angry, become curious, appreciate the people in their lives, to realize the importance of kindness and acceptance. Their emotional reactions show me that they truly get it.

Unlock Brain Potential to Protect Against Decline

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

While our ability to improve brain health is becoming more widespread in the neuroscience community, the general public is still largely unaware of pivotal steps that can be taken to make the brain more resilient to decline or injury and regenerate after cognitive losses.

How I Survived Middle School And The Mean Girls

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Karin Hitselberger

Why do we think it's okay to call somebody "fat", "stupid" or " ugly" when we disagree with them just because we're doing it over the Internet? Why do we think it's okay to send people anonymous mean messages on websites like Tumblr just because we are not saying these words to their face?