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Middle School Matters

Phyllis Fagell

Practical, actionable tools to help caregivers of middle schoolers support their social and emotional growth in healthy ways
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In this interview, Phyllis Fagell discusses:

  • How middle school differs from when we, as parents, were growing up
  • Brain science: what’s going on in a middle schooler’s brain?
  • The secret handshake to keep the lines of communication open
  • Why it’s developmentally healthy and normal for middle school-aged children to pull away
  • How we can help our kids make good decisions when they’re with their peers
  • How to address tricky topics like sex and sexuality
  • Why and how we should manage social media exposure
  • Self-esteem and resilience
  • How boys and girls naturally differ at this age
  • Where a middle schooler’s motivation comes from and what we can do to nurture it
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Phyllis L. Fagell

Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC is the school counselor at Sheridan School in Washington, DC, a therapist who works with kids and families in private practice, and an author and journalist. She’s the author of “Middle School Matters” and a frequent contributor to the Washington Post. She also writes for Psychology TodayWorking MotherU.S. News & World Report and Your Teen, and her ideas have been shared in outlets including The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe New Yorker, Edutopia, Mindshift and NPR. Phyllis also is a columnist for AMLE and PDK, Intl. She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and three children.

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Sarah R. Moore is an internationally published writer and the founder of Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting. You can follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram. She’s currently worldschooling her family. Her glass is half full.

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