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Middle School Counseling Resources

Listed here are websites, books, and other counseling resources for Middle School families. A few selected highlights are provided on this page. For a more extensive listing, please click on the Resource Directory link below.

As the Middle School YO classes will be starting the human sexuality education units after spring break, we wanted to provide you with resources on talking with your children about this important topic. Research shows that children want to know what their parents think and when parents have conversations about sexuality, children are less likely to engaged in risky behaviors.


The newest form of vaping, called "juuling" is being talked about in school across the country. Here are a few articles that can educate you on what it is, the negative effects, and how to talk to your child about it.





There have been a number of events recently from hurricanes to shootings that have impacted us and also our children. When tragic events happen, it can be difficult for educators, administrators, and parents to know how to help children understand and cope. How adults manage their own reactions, as well as how they help students deal with their questions and feelings, are important factors in providing children with the support and guidance they will need. The links below offer useful, informative, and thoughtful resources for adults to help children through traumatic situations.








In a recent Atlantic article, Jean Twenge addresses her current research on the profound effects that smartphones are having on this generation. The author describes how kids today are physically safer than they have been in the past but are more psychologically vulnerable and on the brink of a mental-health crisis.


Social media is a topic that often comes up in families who have middle school kids. In this Psychology Today article the author discusses some of the reasons why social media presents challenges for our middle school kids and offers suggestions on what parents can do to help address those challenges.


Common Sense Media is a valuable resource for parents and teachers on issues regarding technology. In this article the "sneaky science" behind social media, games, apps and other digital products are explained to help us better understand why we are pulled in and feel compelled to watch, check in, or respond right away.


We all know that teens spend a lot of time on a variety of social media apps that let them socialize and meet new friends. In this article, some of the current, most popular apps are explained so you can learn more in order to communicate with your child about making positive and safe choices.


If you have kids, you know they ask questions. Lots of questions. And parents may find them difficult to tackle, especially if they're not prepared. Difficult conversations are important to have because everything from death and divorce, sex and gay marriage can come up at any time, and it's good for kids to know they can have meaningful discussions in a comfortable environment at home. These websites offer suggestions on ways to talk about challenging topics.



Kids in the House is an award-winning, educational website that gives parents and caregivers resources to become even better at parenting. It is the largest parenting video library in the world with over 8,000 videos from doctors, pediatricians, psychologists, educators, authors, celebrities and other parenting experts. Kids in the House gives parents and educators a chance to get first-hand tips on how to deal with challenges that range from pregancy to college.


Some parents welcome the fact that we live in an increasingly diverse society. Others may feel more hesitant, especially if they haven't had much exposure to people different from themselves.  This website explores ways to teach tolerance and inclusion in the growing diverse world we live.


Love and Logic is a favorite resource of many parents and educators as it offers practical and simple techniques for working with children of all ages.  They have books, CD's, DVD's and even seminars to help you deal with many different types of issues like avoiding power struggles, winning homework battles, teaching responsibility, sibling rilvary, and raising financially responsible kids.  On the site you can sign up for their insider club and they will email you a parenting tip every week for free. 


We all know that teens spend a lot of time on a variety of apps and websites that let them socialize and meet new friends. In this article, some of the most popular apps and websites are explained so you can learn more in order to communicate with your child about making safe choices.


Rosalinda Wiseman is an internationally recognized author and educator on children, teens, parenting, education and social justice.  Her work aims to help parents, educators and young people successfully navigate the social challenges of young adulthood.  Her article in Family Circle Magazine helps parents to understand some of the challenges that arise for children online and gives them some practical advice on how to help their child prevent and stop online cruelty. The strategies given here can guide parents to have valuable conversations with their children and work together to give them the tools to handle social challenges on and offline.


It is reported that teens spend an average of 53 hours in front of a screen every week.  There are many benefits and risks that exist online and it is crucial for parents to continue to be aware of the sites children are using and how to keep them safe.  It is also important that parents continue to communicate with kids about their online lives.  Listed below are a few sites that can help parents to stay on top of this information.





In addition to having continued communication with your teen about their online lives, many parents find it helpful to install monitoring and/or blocking software on their home computers. It is very important that your teen knows where your boundaries are in regards to their online use and this can be an additional tool to assist parents to verify that teens are following those boundaries.  Software that has been recommended on the Data Doctors and Not My Kid websites are: CyberPatrol, EBlaster, SpyAgent by SpyTech, KeyKatcher, WebWatcher and The Protector by Taser International.

Raising Race Conscious Children is a resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. The goals of these conversations are to dismantle the color-blind framework and prepare young people to work toward racial justice. If we commit to collectively trying to talk about race with young children, we can lean on one another for support as we, together, envision a world where we actively challenge racism each and every day. Many of the blog's posts are geared toward White people but a community of guest bloggers represent diverse backgrounds and the strategies discussed may be helpful for all. It starts one conversation at a time.


This website includes sections regarding the: terminology used to describe different sexual and gender identities; common concerns and questions by parents of LGBT children and young people; practical ideas for supporting your child through coming out or questioning their sexual or gender identity, as well as providing links to some resources you can access for more information.

At every grade level in YO we spend time learning about substances and the dangers that come from using them. With so many substances available to our kids today, it can be a challenge to remain up-to-date so we have listed a resource below for you to keep current with this information. DrugFreeAz.org is the Arizona Affiliate of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The Partnership has been in existence since the mid 1980's and created the first anti-drug Public Service Announcement message. They keep their drug guide current and their material is science based. The facts and statistics seen on the site are all based on studies and research. The priority of this organization is to keep kids safe, healthy and substance abuse free.


Dr. Brooks is one of the leading speakers and writers about resilience and family relationships. In this article he discusses the important role that parents have in modeling empathy and compassion. He describes some examples of children that were given the opportunity to demonstrate caring and kindness and the positive impact it had.


The Ophelia project is a national nonprofit organization with expertise in relational aggression and is committed to creating safe social climates. This site provides youth and adults with tools, strategies and solutions to deal with non-physical forms of aggression and can help to create a positive environment. The link below provides web and print resources for parents.


As parents we want to protect our children and give them as many advantages as possible to be successful and happy in life. This article addresses the difficulties that can arise from "over parenting" and presents the new revolution in raising children. It covers the importance of slowing down our hurried lives, allowing children to make mistakes and how to support kids in learning to solve problems for themselves.


Research shows that children whose families eat meals together regularly have increased academic success, are more psychologically adjusted, and are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs. This USA Today article explores the benefits of family dinners.


As life is so fast paced between keeping up with schoolwork, sports practices, and extra curricular activities, this article discusses one community’s experience in taking time to relax with family and the benefits that arise from doing that.


Children are spending a large portion of their time on electronic media and more often than not, they are operating several different applications at the same time. Multitasking is an important skill to have today, but it has been taken to an extreme which can have significant consequences. The need for constant stimulation is taking children and teens away from other activities like exercise, meals, sleep and time with families. It makes concentrating on tasks difficult and is decreasing their efficiency. The article listed below explains what is going on with the multitasking generation and the importance of reducing media time.



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MS Resource Directory   David Dummer 11/28/2007 10:48:06 AM    
A comprehensive list of recommended books covering a wide range of topics about adolescence and parenting.
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