The Middle School Survival Guide
By: Avani B, Sydney D, Laya K, and Adisri M
Middle School= A lot of work!!
Some common problems faced with middle school girls:
Though middle school may seem like no pressure at all, many tweens and teens are facing a load of problems every day like sitting alone in the bathrooms for lunch, being judged from their background and outward appearance, etc. Here are some of the main problems:
1. Stress: Peer Pressure, Who has what (Name brands, makeup, etc.), Pressure to be pretty, low self esteem, and so on.
2. BFFs, Frenemies, and Mean girls
3. Social Awareness from changing (including growth, appearance, etc.)
4. Boundaries and Consequences
5.Serious Problems: Like Health and Family related issues
This May seem like a lot, but don't worry! We can help guide you through them with these helpful following tips:
One of the most common problems faced in middle school: Stress
If you are stressed about your outward appearance, pressure to be pretty, bullying, or have low self esteem, go talk to someone about it! As mentioned in the book drama years, talking to an adopted older sister is the best way! Weather it be your older cousin, an older sibling, your mom, a high schooler, etc., talk to someone who you can trust to help you. Even if she may not resolve your problem, it will definitely lift a huge weight off your shoulders!
If you are stressed about your studies, failing grades, or that load of homework you have, don't freak out! Instead, plan out your schedule and break it into parts, so you will have an idea of how long it will take. Write down a list of things of ALL the things you need to do, even the smallest things, and you will feel yourself relax. Then, pick the top things you need to accomplish today, and number them from the first priority to last. This way, you don't have to remember everything in your mind and drive yourself crazy.
BFFs, Frenemies, and Mean Girls
Self Awareness: Body image, outward appearance, and Development
Boundaries and Consequences
Health and Family Issues
Middle School stress Picture: "Risk Taking in the Teen Brain." How to Support Your Teen's Social and Mental Developement. Education Nation, n.d. Web. <http://www.parenttoolkit.com/index.cfm?objectid=88BDDE90-4FBF-11E4-90E20050569A5318>.