Do we really believe the things we say about middle schoolers' faith, namely that it can be real and vibrant and transformative?
"You're totally my spirit animal!" "I hope this camp isn't going to tell me what to do all the time. I hate camps that tell me what to do all the time. I hope this is a free-range camp." "We totally have a black market on slime and spinners at this school." "Pass the ketchup." … Continue reading Things middle schoolers say to their WyldLife Leaders (and other interested adults)
(See the original post, written by Kristen Ivy, here). Here are 35 reasons why a middle school girl might freak out, from the viewpoint of a parent. Yep. This sounds exactly right. I woke her up on time. Her school won’t let her wear leggings as pants. I drive a mini van. Zayn left One … Continue reading Why MS Girls Freak Out
We all know that the early adolescent brain is going through lots of changes. Here's a great breakdown of what those changes are and how they can affect your interaction with middle schoolers. (Produced by XP3 Middle School Media.)
"Tell me more." That's it. That's the secret. Now you know.
FACT: If you're a better listener, you'll be a better WyldLife leader. Here are 10 tips from Celeste Headlee's TED talk, applied to a WyldLife context.
People who love middle schoolers understand an important life principle - that embracing the unmanaged, untidy, and unpredictable tangle known as "early adolescence" is one of the most important things we will ever do.