Middle School

Public Schools Have Changed

New standards, new tests, new expectations. What does it all mean for your child? Find out from the Oregon Department of Education.


Applying your values to movies, books, TV, music, games, websites and apps
How can you know what's appropriate for your child? Check the independent nonprofit Commonsense Media website. They have reviews that let you know about educational value, positive messages, positive role models, violence & scariness, sexy stuff, language, consumerism as well as drinking, drugs, and smoking. You can even sort by recommended age appropriateness.

Teen Tricks
Learn the most common ways teens try to manipulate their parents how best to respond from in this article from WebMD-6 Ways Your Teen Is Playing You.

Parenting Tips for Parenting Young Teens
From homework help to fitting in, here are some great links to help you help your teen.

Help your middle schooler find good books
Check out what's hot on the Goodreads web site.

Homework + After School Activities + Clubs + Family +
If your teen has a life full of scheduled time and multiple obligations, he or she may be dealing with stress. Here are some ideas about how you can help from psychologist and parenting instructor Denise Witmer.

Traveling with your teen?
Here are some ideas that might make the trip enjoyable for you both.

Helping With Homework
What can parents do to help their child manage homework and reduce stress? Here are some great tips from Peg Dawson, EdD, NCSP in an article for the National Association of School Psychologists.

Teen Bullying
Is your teen being bullied?  What should you do about it? Find out from Empowering Parents expert Debbie Pincus in Child and Teen Bullying: How to Help When Your Kid is Bullied.