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How parents can help middle schoolers build confidence and character

from MindShift

For many adults, the words "middle school," evoke a negative, gut-level response. These reactions are grounded in our own potent memories from that time, says Phyllis Fagell, a school counselor, psychotherapist and author of "Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond — and How Parents Can Help." "Middle schoolers experience every feeling as a polarity," says Fagell, "and we are wired to remember the negative." So our own memories of being rejected by a friend or embarrassed by a teacher have an outsized place in our long-term memory. "And you are bringing all of that to the table as your child approaches middle school." more

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