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Do you have a middle schooler in your home or church? Or do you remember being one yourself? It can be a tough stage, to say the least.

If you're looking for ways to encourage a middle schooler as a spiritual mentor and friend, I found the article below to be very helpful and positive. 

The article comes from"Just a Phase," a collaborative website for parents and children's ministry leaders that combines innovative research with practical application. Learn more about the Phase Project here


My favorite line in the article: "You wanna shock a preteen? Treat him like he’s made in the image of God."

Hey Staci, this is great. Thanks. This article contains language that screams "American" using terms like Middle school. In Canada we use other terms like Junior High and sometimes schools don't have "Middle school". It would be most excellent if we referred to students by their ages and not other terms that don't always apply. Just some random thoughts for a Tuesday afternoon.

Ron, you are exactly right! Thanks for this comment and important reminder. Referring to students by their age, rather than another category which may exclude some, is much more helpful (usually across the board). Thanks again for your care. 

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