Is it any wonder this time of life sucks? In general, that is.

Girls are on the brink, learning to accept, and adjusting to the realities of menstruation, sore breasts. acne, and deep moments of sorrow followed by ridiculous highs of joy.

Boys are trying to figure out unexpected and misunderstood erections, unbridled desire to see any female naked, and random moments of rage.

Is it any wonder that middle school is hell? Really? I see what I see here in my own home and am grateful to share and guide through the moments of mean girls and the broken drywall. What must it be like for the children who are cast into the government prisons to negotiate with their fellow thugs?

I am grateful.