Posts in Diversity

This section contains resources on a variety of subjects that are related to specific subsets of our population. For example, you will find resources on and about gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and mental and physical disabilities and challenges. There are also resources about identity development as related to some of these more specific identifiers.

Posts/Links
* Middle School Assembly -CHANGE AGENTS FILM on Microaggressions and other forms of “mean” behavior.
*Ask an Academic: The Secrets of Boys
*Boys and Body Image Tips
*Help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon
*RIISE: a membership based organization bridging the gaps between families of color and private independent schools
*Coming Out in Middle School
*When Teenagers Question Their Sexuality
*Middle School Survival (Girls)
*Understanding and Raising Boys
*Girls and Friendships

  1. Middle School Survival (Girls)

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    For many girls, middle school becomes a pressure cooker filled with power struggles, conflicting impulses, physical growth and strong emotions. At the same time, middle-school girls develop deep and close friendships, separating from their families and forming their own rewarding social universes. “One of the best things you can do for your daughter is not to assume she or other girls are, by nature, over-dramatic, mean, or gossipy,” says Lyn Mikel Brown. “Expectations matter — ask any good educator. Avoid ‘girls will be girls’ or ‘girls are so mean to each other’ messages. Appreciate and support your daughter’s best impulses, praise her when she takes risks, especially if they involve going ...

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  2. Understanding and Raising Boys

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    Figuring out the rules of masculinity and trying to live up to them is part of every boy's childhood. Most boys find the "tests of" masculinity scary and hard to pass. And some boys find this process especially painful because they feel they don't have the right skills and interests to be successful at being a boy. It's tough being a boy in America today. The PBS Parents Guide to Raising Boys will help you understand what it's like. Discover how to help your boy feel confident, succeed in school, and grow up resilient and responsible Link to PBS.org/parents/raisingboys   

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  3. Girls and Friendships

    [ By on November 08, 2012 ]

    Excerpts from PBS.ORG- parents/raising girls/friends For girls, friends form the center of their lives. Friends light up girls' days in preschool, become inseparable in elementary school, and help girls in middle school develop their own, separate lives. As girls grow up, it's not unusual for them to find best friends, break up, and reform friendships time and again. Looking on from the sidelines, parents sometimes agonize over their daughters' social lives. It's hard to watch your girl lose friends, get hurt by friends, and even hurt friends herself. Parents may not know what to do when their daughter comes home in tears because someone teased her, screams, "Don't call her, mother, please!" ...

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