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Pre-teen slang

       

       It's always difficult to keep up with slang students use because we aren't in their "world."  But it always helps to at least have a general knowledge of what's going on in their culture.  Here are two sites that list some common terms teens and pre-teens may use.  In no way is it an exhaustive list, but I've heard several of them used by our students lately.

       Also, if you ever have a question about what a word means or the actual definition behind it, Urban Dictionary is a helpful resource.  It's very blunt and contains adult language, but it helps define some slang terms our students use.

Discussion questions with MS students:  Do you use any of these words? Do they mean (insert definition)? What are some other words kids seem to use a lot and what do they mean? It's also a good time to talk about phrases you may have seen/heard, but may not understand...such as "Netflix and Chill."

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Developmental Assets

       There are obviously an infinite amount of external factors that help children grow up, but here are the top 40 (in the 12-18 age group) according to the Search Institute.  The article not only provides the top building blocks of healthy development, but also gives some practical ways to take action.

       I love the action item under "Religious Community" that states, "Encourage your child to talk about his/her interpretations of spiritual or religious concepts, asking questions to clarify concepts, rather than judging what they say."  That's what we strive for in our Sunday morning discussion groups here at ZPC - to ask questions that clarify concepts and encourage students to talk about their spiritual interpretations so we, as leaders, can help provide direction towards Jesus.

  •  http://www.search-institute.org/content/40-developmental-assets-adolescents-ages-12-18

Discussion questions with MS students:  What would you say are some of the strongest building blocks? What are some that could use improvement? Are there any action items you REALLY enjoy? What are some ideas you have to develop some of these?

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