Erin Lindsay

Adolescent Development

(Excerpts from What Growing Up Is All About by Ann Vernon and Radhi H. Al-Mabuk)

  • “Young adolescents are struggling to maintain some sort of equilibrium between their emotional ups and downs and to establish themselves as independent individuals.”
  • “The ‘ordinary’ adolescent goes through varying degrees of emotional upheaval that can result in defensive, temperamental, or ultrasensitive behavior.”
  • “Teenagers feel like their bodies are out of control. They are embarrassed if they are developing faster or slower than their peers.”
  • “Physical development influences the way others perceive them.”
  • “Adolescents think in terms of possibilities and don’t regard things as absolute; they may be better able to deal with exceptions to the rules.”
  • “It’s quite common for adolescents to be able to think logically in some areas but be unable to apply logic across the board.”
  • They are “very skeptical about social issues, such as religion and politics, and begin to question aspects of their parents’ convictions and practices.”
  • “Be prepared for the fact that your young adolescent will challenge anything and everything and may initiate discussions or arguments just to try out newly acquired thinking skills.”
  • “Adolescents are now beginning to think they are the world’s foremost authorities on everything.”
  • “It’s important not to discount your adolescent’s perceptions by giving pep talks or saying that you know he or she is talented, well liked, smart and so on. If the adolescent doesn’t feel positive about himself or herself, your words will fall on deaf ears. Instead, state your opinions as your own: ‘I understand that you don’t think you are smart, but I do’.”
  • Emotional outbursts are very common.
  • “Adolescents contradict themselves. They want people to appreciate their uniqueness, but at the same time, you can’t tell them apart.”
  • “Young adolescents may feel that because they are unique, they are invulnerable.”
  • “Young adolescents are very self-conscious” and “look to peers as a source of support.”
  • “Belonging is a significant factor.”
  • “It is very common for parents to assume that their adolescent doesn’t need them or want anything to do with them. This is simply not the case. Most adolescents do want close relationships. They also still need their parents, but in a different way than before. They may act as though they are embarrassed to be seen with their parents, but in reality they don’t want their friends to think they are too dependent. They may act as though they don’t care, but the majority of teenagers do care and try to earn their parents’ approval.”



Tips for Effective Middle School Survival

1. Communicate Love Openly
2 . Clearly Communicate Rules and Regulations
3. Make Time to be Together
4. Treat Respectfully
5. Ensure Your Child’s Personhood/Independence



Top 10 Principles to Teach

1. Responsibility
2. Work Ethics
3. Determination
4. Attitude
5. Potential
6. Relationship
7. Stewardship
8. Honesty
9. Generosity
10. Dependence on a Higher Being



Hotline Resources for Students and Parents

  • Help with Homework? - Free help with Math and Science Homework – Homework Hotline: 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673) – available 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. cst
  • Help Keep Our School Safe! Safe School Helpline 1-800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359 or 1-800-418-6423 ext. 359 or report by internet:
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (Para obtener asistencia en español durante las 24 horas, llame al 1-888-628-9454)
  • Runaway Help 1-800-RUNAWAY
  • Teen/Child Abuse 614-224-CARE(2273)
  • Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Crisis Center 1-800-933-0374
  • Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
  • Alcohol Treatment Referral Hotline 1-800-ALCOHOL
  • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Service 1-800-662-HELP
  • Self-Injury Hotline - SAFE (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Program 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Choices, for victims of Domestic Violence 614-224-4663
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Aids Hotline 1-800-227-8922
  • Eating Disorders 1-800-931-2237
  • Family FOCUS Support Services – KIDS Counseling 1-800-933-0374
  • Pregnancy Assistance
    • Birthright of Rensselaer 219-866-4555
    • WIC 219-285-0656



Career Planning

We will be having career guidance instruction this year each grade level.

These are other helpful websites that you may access:

Learn More Indiana (A great site to help with career planning, goals, career inventories and much more!  Check it out! J)

Twenty-first Century Scholars (Income-based scholarship for Indiana Schools – much apply before the end of your 8th grade year.  You may apply online or I have paper copies of the application in my office.  You will receive more information about this wonderful scholarship.)

US Dept. of Labor (Job Explanations):

Guidance Resource Page:

The Fun Works… for careers you never knew existed:

Career Opportunities by Category:

Career Profiles:

Career and Future Planning:

Skills Survey:

Job Preparation Help and Resources