December 18, 2017

The smart phone standoff

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At long last we’ve found a happy medium. My seventh grader got his much-desired smart phone this summer and everything I dreaded about it hasn’t happened (knock on wood).  He’s not on it 24/7 or even head down, zoned out, while we’re in public places. That was our first social stipulation about getting such a… Read more

Best not to be coolest kid in middle school later

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It might have been tough not being the coolest kid in middle school, but new research shows that teens who weren’t part of the in crowd go on to have healthier lives once they hit adulthood. A study published Thursday in the journalChild Development shares that teens who were so focused on being popular were often… Read more

Middle school writer Jenny Lundquist taps into real teen issues

Jenny Lundquist

Bu Julie Samrick I had the pleasure of interviewing author Jenny Lundquist recently. She is a novelist with two books for middle school readers on bookshelves everywhere, but she’ll never forget her own awkward middle school years, which have proven to be her biggest inspiration to connect with young readers. One memory especially stands out…. Read more

What A County Prosecutor Wants Your Middle Schooler To Know

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By Julie Samrick My county’s Deputy District Attorney led cyber safety presentations for the students at our neighborhood public middle school last week, educating them in online pitfalls kids their age are most likely to encounter.  She opened by talking about “stranger danger” as they’ve always known it- and that the boogeyman isn’t just the… Read more

Tutoring Surges for Best Middle School Placements

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Competition for top middle schools in New York City has intensified as more families choose to remain in the city and others find themselves unable to afford private schools, and performance on fourth- and fifth-grade standardized tests is crucial to getting into one of those schools.  Read more

How to Help Tweens Survive “The Drama Years”


Author Haley Kilpatrick spent 10 years studying girls during the middle school years, and she highlights what she thinks parents and teachers of tween girls should know in her new book The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School — Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More. Read more about it

Middle School Cougars

middle school cougars

By Julie Samrick   It’s been nearly 20 years since the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal made “oral sex” a household term; young kids went from skipping that phase of sex altogether to offering it or receiving it even before a first kiss on the lips.   According to The New York Times, “Oral… Read more

Middle School Madness

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Middle school is a tough time, and as this writer says, when the biggest disease kids catch is embarrassment. Read the story here