• Parenting





    • Hygiene Tips for Middle School Students
    Do you need help addressing good hygiene at home? Click on file for helpful tips: 
    Personal Hygiene Tips  

    • Social Networking in Real Life -SOCIAL Experiment

    Social networking is completely out of control these days. But do the things we do online make sense in real life? Follow me as as I test social media activity on unsuspecting New Yorkers!


    • Parent Information:
    “What scares you?”

    Parents of middle schoolers think this is a question more appropriate to elementary students, especially when the bravado and know it all attitude of the middle schooler in your home portrays a fearless person. Research indicates that a child’s greatest fear is the loss of a parent.  This may be a fear of losing a parent through death, but also occurs when a parent is absent from the home for extended periods of time, when a parent is seriously ill, or when parents are divorcing.  Reassurance of your love and protection are welcomed at any age.  Bravado is nearly always an act.  You may want to discuss your family’s safety plans regarding a natural disaster. 

    • What to Expect When You Suspect.

    A flyer with tips from The Forsyth County Drug Alliance Council.


    Mental Health Resources



    Cumming First United Methodist Church  https://cfumcga.com/support-2/

    770 Canton Highway Cumming, GA 30040

    Main Contact: Cherie Perkins 770-887-2900 children@cfumcga.com

    Open to the public Grade Levels: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade

    Understanding the Middle School Child Resource Book List

    • For Parents: 
    • Raising Resilient Children by: Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein
    • The Rollercoaster Years (Paperback)   by Charlene C. Giannetti
    • The Everything Tween Book: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Turbulent Pre-Teen Years (Everything Series) (Paperback)   by Linda Sonna
    • The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected... by Madeline Levine
    • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk:  20th Anniversary Edition by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
    • Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman
    • Parenting Teens with Love & Logic:  Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood by Jim Fay
    • The Hurried Child:  Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon (3rd edition) by David Elkind
    • Surviving Your Adolescents:  How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds by Thomas W. Phelan
    • Queen Bees and Wannabes:  Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman
    • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher
    • Odd Girl Out:  The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons
    • Real Boys:  Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William Pollack
    • A Fine Young Man:  What Parents, Mentors, and Educators Can Do to Shape Adolescent Boys into Exceptional Men by Michael Gurian
    • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman


    •  For Students:
    • A Smart Girl’s Guide to Starting Middle School  by Julie A. Williams
    • Too Old for This, Too Young for That!: Your Survival Guide for the Middle-School Years by Harriet S. Mosatche and Karen Unger
    • Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks:  A Real Girls Guide Getting Through the Day with Smarts and Style by Erika Shearin Karres, Ed.D
    • The Middle School Survival Guide: How to Survive from the Day Elementary School Ends until the Second High School Begins by Arlene Erlbach
    • If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do? by Sandra McLeod Humphrey
    • Judge Judy Sheindlin's Win or Lose by How You Choose! by Judy Sheindlin
    • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
    • The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make by Sean Covey