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Middle School - Safety Goggles Advised: Exploring the WEIRD Stuff from Gossip to Grades, Cliques to Crushes and Popularity to Peer Pressure

Jessica Speer

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Whether you have been the target of aggressive behavior or the aggressor, this event does not define you. Every day brings a new opportunity to start again.”

“When you notice you're thinking judgmental thoughts, pause. Try to catch yourself before you speak, text or do any harm. You can't get those words back.”

“We all have judgmental thoughts sometimes. And we all have the power to keep these thoughts to ourselves.”

“All humans share a deep desire to be treated as something of value. Everyone wants to be seen, heard, listened to, and treated fairly.”

“When the dust settles, kids respect the kids who dare to say no to things they don't want to do.”

“When stress feels overwhelming, it's important to find support and to take care of yourself while getting your stress level back to a manageable level.”

“Through all the craziness, you learn how YOU want to be. You learn how to navigate changing friendships. You learn how you want to handle social media, gossip, and peer pressure. You survive heartbreak and crushes. You begin to define who you are.”

“There's nothing wrong with being part of a group. Humans are social, so it's no surprise that people band together. In fact, many important human achievements, like the civil rights movement, are inspired by groups. But group behavior can also create a sense of division.”

“The best word to describe middle school friendships is CHANGE. Personalities change, interests change, groups change, and even moods change all the time.”

“Sometimes, stress can be useful and inspire us to tackle challenges. But stress can also feel overwhelming, making us constantly worry about how things will turn out.”

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