Encourage her to be friends with a wide spectrum of people (without forcing the issue), and always, always assume the best — so will she.” There’s a lot that’s cool about middle school.
While much is written about mean girls, it’s important for parents to realize how much fun this time can be socially for their daughters.
Cliques get clique-ier, the need to be in power intensifies, and girls can get meaner — and much of this behavior stems from the intense desire to belong, the need to feel powerful, and the conditioning that many girls have to not express their feelings directly.
Finally, after a few months we talked about it and figured it out.
But it was pretty weird for a long time.” Middle school can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it has to be.
“When boys hit the scene it can be tough to sort out just how to interact in the same old way with girlfriends,” adds Meg White.
“By the time your daughter is 10 or 11, it’s time to open a conversation about sex and boys, but I recommend parents back off from too much boy talk.
For many girls, middle school becomes a pressure cooker filled with power struggles, conflicting impulses, physical growth and strong emotions.
At the same time, middle-school girls develop deep and close friendships, separating from their families and forming their own rewarding social universes.Take it step by step and before you know it, she'll realize how special you are, too.It might be the start of a great romance, or maybe just a great friendship, but you'll definitely stand out from the rest of the guys your age.Girls this age are thrilled that they are about to become teenagers.“There is a whole cultural pulse that taps into what they are thinking and feeling, and (like it or not) it’s really irresistible,” notes Steiner-Adair.They now are collectively ready to focus their attention towards sex — even if they’re not ready to fully act upon it,” says Thompson.