Though it may seem contradictory, the sudden increase in social awareness that middle schoolers experience makes them more prone to bullying. Children in this age group are so hyper-sensitive to social dynamics that they frequently become highly reactive, competitive, and critical. This isn’t a personality flaw; instead, it’s a sign that the brain’s limbic system is operating in overdrive. This causes teens to take uncalculated risks, aggressively seek social rewards, and experience emotions with particular intensity. It is, in short, a recipe for conflict if not managed well. If you’re the parent of a middle school-aged child, it’s important to understand that he (or she) is under constant social stress. Whether your child is at school or at home, he’s always wondering what other people think of him—and probably imagining worst-case scenarios. At the same time, his heightened emotions unfavourably impact his ability to…
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