Help Your Child Survive the Stressors of Middle School with guest Jessica Speer

About this Episode

Middle School is a time filled with big changes and big stressors for many adolescents. On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Jessica Speer, social scientist and author of the new book, Middle School: Safety Goggles Advised. Jessica shares what she discovered from interviewing middle schoolers about what they defined as their top stressors. The big ones? Social media, judgement by peers, friendships, crushes, gossips, and popularity. Jessica talks about many of the struggles identified by kids in middle school and gives parents some tips and advice on how to help our kids navigate these challenges.


About Jessica

Jessica is the award-winning author of BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships and Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised. Her interactive books engage and entertain readers by combining the stories of preteens and teens with fun activities, like quizzes and fill-in-the-blanks. Blending humor, a dash of science, and practical insights, her writing unpacks the tricky stuff that peaks during adolescence. She has a master’s degree in social sciences and explores social-emotional topics in ways that connect with kids.

Connect with Jessica

Instagram: @jessica_speer_author
Twitter: @SpeerAuthor

Mentioned in this Episode

Link to buy Jessica’s new book, Middle School: Safety Goggles Advised

Link to buy Jessica’s award-winning book, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends): A Girl’s Guide to Happy Friendships

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