10 ways we can help tweens feel included
from MiddleWeb (commentary)
Phyllis Fagell, a contributor for MiddleWeb, writes: "In seventh grade, Katie started dressing more androgynously, pairing her jeans with suit vests, ties and the occasional fedora. The comments started coming when she cut her long, blond hair short and dyed her bangs black. 'Are you gay?' one boy asked her. 'What's with the tie? Are you going on a job interview or something?' Katie (not her real name) wanted her external appearance to match how she felt inside, but she hated the attention and pulled inward. The more she stood out, the more she wanted to disappear."
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