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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 29, 2009 / 5 Iyar 5769

Middle school is a whole new game and these players are vicious

By Celia Rivenbark

Celia Rivenbark
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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If any of you parents of fifth—graders have been wondering if middle school is all that different from elementary school, let me just tell you how the Princess, now a little over halfway through her first year of middle school, described a recent playground altercation between two eighth—graders: "I don't know them personally, but I do know that one of the guys has a beard. And a son."

Hard to believe that it wasn't all that long ago that the biggest worry was whether or not the eggs warming under the light bulb in the classroom incubator were going to hatch into fluffy yellow chicks before the kids left for spring break.

A beard. And a son.

This, on the heels of a conversation with a parent whose kid goes to a middle school across town.

It seems that Dad was volunteering to help with bus duty when he gently asked a petite sixth—grade girl to wait for traffic to clear before she darted across the street to join her friends.

"Shut up, @#$%'er," she said, staring him down. "You're not the boss of me."

Whoa. You eat Happy Meals with that mouth?

And then there was the seventh—grader I heard yelling into her cell after school: "If you can't pick me up, then stay your a—— home. Grandma."

When a student shoved me aside to buy tickets at a ballgame, I started to demand an apology, but the Princess stopped me.

"Don't mess with her! That's [name withheld on account of you'll see]," she said.

"She once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die."

"Uh, duh. That's a Johnny Cash song."

"I know, but I had to put it in terms you would understand. She's been to juvie!"

"So what?" I said. "I've watched every season of 'Oz.' She can't scare me. Watch and learn."

OK, so the girl turned around about then. I looked up — and up some more — and dang near wet myself.

One of the most important life lessons any parent can impart is the importance of choosing one's battles, as I explained later to a smug princess.

Clearly, my shoulder had been in this girl's way. Bad shoulder!

To be fair, there's a whole lot of good, heroic teachers, motivated kids and dedicated staff in middle school, but it can be a shock to the system when you, as one friend reported, start the day by seeing two pregnant students pulling each other's hair out in hunks during a cat—fight over a boy.

I mean, the only pair of size 8 Marc Jacobs orange leather platform sandals at DSW, that's one thing, but a BOY? Puhleez. The world is so full of those.

These days in middle school, the chicks are hatching too early.

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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