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Allergy Season: Why Teenagers Become ‘Allergic’ to Their Parents

New York Times: By LISA DAMOUR APRIL 11, 2018 The arrival of spring is often prime time for hay fever, but adolescents seem to be able to develop an allergy to their parents, either intermittent or chronic, at any time of the

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

Over-parenting Anonymous

Over-parenting Anonymous: A 26-step program for good parents gone bad! This quick and valuable reminder comes courtesy of Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B-minus

Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

8th Grade Trip and MMUN; Required Paperwork

Dear Parents of 8th Graders:  Here’s a link to my presentation.  On slide 34, you’ll find links to the two documents that we need from you before your child joins the trip. Please submit them to your classroom teacher by

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

Junior High

Please note: This post is about the 2018-2019 school year, so it doesn’t apply to current 8th graders. I’ve shared some information with 6th and 7th grade parents and the 7th grade students about next school year and some changes

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

J-Term for 7th Graders

Dear Parents of 7th Graders: You may have recently heard your child mention “J-term”, which is short for January-term.  Last week and this week, we set aside our regular schedule in order to find the time to delve deeply into

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

Got A Grumpy Teen?

 Why Your Grumpy Teen Doesn’t Want to Talk to You You have to admit that the headline is brilliant… Two powerful quotes from this article: “We send our teenagers a powerful, reassuring message when we accept and are not alarmed

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

Helicopter Parents: A Nifty Infographic

Here’s a great, easy-to-read article:  Helicopter Parenting and its Long-lasting (negative) Effects.  Ten percent of job recruiters have had a parent call them to negotiate their child’s salary and benefits!! At the bottom of the page are links to some

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Anxiety

From last Sunday’s New York Times: Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? Below are two passages that caught my eye. Initially, they seem like opposite opinions from two different experts in the field, but I

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso