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Middle School
Weekly Cues

Week One

Mark 7:20-23; Matthew 11:28

Emotions don't have to be the boss of you.

Week Two

James 3:13-16; james 4:1-2

Anger doesn't have to be the boss of you.

Week Three

Matthew 8:23-27; 1 Peter 5:7

Fear doesn't have to be the boss of you.

Week Four

Romans 8:1-2

Guilt doesn't have to be the boss of you.


“There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:1, NLT


One of the biggest challenges your middle schooler faces on a daily basis is managing their moods. They’re feeling a lot of feelings, many of which they may be experiencing for the first time. Because of that, they struggle to name, express, or acknowledge their feelings in this phase. That’s why we’re doing a four-week series called Moods designed to help students develop an awareness of their feelings and the emotional vocabulary to express their moods in a healthy way. 

Daily Cues

Morning Time

One of the simplest ways to show others value is by knowing and using their name. So this week, have a conversation with your kid about their name. Talk to them about the origin of it, where it came from, what it means, and why you chose it specifically for them.

Drive Time

Understanding someone else’s backstory may be difficult for your kid, but it’s an important life skill for them to learn. To help, share some of your own backstory with your kid this week. Give them some insight into something that shaped who you are and the things you care about now. 

Meal Time

Find a few old t-shirts, pieces of poster board, or any blank canvas to write on this week. Give one to each member of your family and ask them to decorate it with things that matter or are important to them right now. Then, have everyone wear or bring it to dinner and share what matters to them with your family.

Bed Time

Your middle schooler needs to be reminded of how much you love them, no matter what they do or don’t do! To help them believe and internalize this, take the time to consistently repeat this phase to them: “I love you no matter what.” The more you say it, the more they’ll come to believe it and see you as a safe, loving place they can come to with anything. 

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