Workshops help middle schoolers and their significant adults understand each other

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Andy Steiner Remember middle school, when hormones took control, changing your body overnight? Those same hormones can also have a kind of shape-shifting power in the pubescent brain, turning even the most sweet-tempered kid into a surly preteen in the blink of an eye.Such rapid-fire personality changes catch kids and their parents off guard, creating disturbing discord in even the most loving of families. As a middle-school teacher, Katie Thune had firsthand experience with the hormone-ravaged masses: She watched as kids in her classes bounced off the walls — and listened as their parents tried to understand their changed behavior.“When I was teaching, I was surrounded by all of these crazy, wild hormones,” Thune said. “Kids...

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Workshops help middle schoolers and their significant adults understand each other

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