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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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the agony of a ninth-grade boy

what it feels like to be the youngest boy in the school

Here's the Problem

If you are the parents of a ninth-grade boy, you may be seeing an epidemic of weekend lethargy, which includes social isolation, empty friend syndrome, and video game overdose.

Why It's a Problem

Here's my diagnosis. Being a ninth-grade boy is the lowest of the low in high school land. The loss of social status is huge. While ninth-grade girls enjoy being the youngest, newest, and appealing to older boys, ninth-grade males have become obsolete in the social hierarchy that is high school. They are often the shortest, not having experienced ...

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