Kari Kampakis has written a wonderful article offering encouragement to middle school students during some of the toughest times in their lives. She addresses technology concerns, choosing friends wisely, identity issues, and more. I highly recommend reading the entire article, which you can do by clicking here: 10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know.
Briefly, her 10 truths are:
10. Today’s most awkward moments will be tomorrow’s funniest memories. Keep a sense of humor whenever possible.
9. You don’t want to peak in middle school (or high school or college, for that matter)
8. Technology makes it easier than ever to ruin relationships and reputations.
7. Surrounding yourself with good company is imperative.
6. What makes you different is what makes you great.
5. It’s OK not to have your life planned out. It’s OK if you haven’t discovered your “thing.”
4. Your uniform is not your identity.
3. Applause can be misleading. You can make a huge mistake and still get cheered on wildly.
2. There’s a difference between helpful advice and criticism that holds you back. Be careful who you listen to.
1. You’re AWESOME.
See her detailed explanations and insightful comments here: 10 Truths Every Middle Schooler Should Know.