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Middle School Decisions

Posted by Heather C. Williams at May 28, 2012 04:36 PM |

The word "decision" comes from the Latin word "de-cidere" which means "to cut off".

I work with middle school-aged children, ages 11-14. We all know that their brains are not yet fully developed and the children themselves know they are not yet fully grown. Yet, at this age, each child, in his or her own way, begins to question the way things are. It's not like the 2-year-old asking the adult, "Why???". The 12-year-old quietly sits and looks at the adults and feels a yearning to "cut" the cord a bit between themselves and their parents/guardians/adults. The child feels an urge to stand up, announce a decision, reach a conclusion that is his or her own.

Maybe we can take a lesson from the 12-year-olds in our life. Where do you feel a yearning to "cut" the cord between you and some addiction (to a substance, a behavior, an old pattern or a false belief) that binds you and holds you back? It is time for all of us to grow up, speak up and stand up in our own unique way! Get out your pencil and draw or write your feelings about this. Make a decision today to free the 12-year old in yourself.

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