The Difference Between a Thesis in an Open Response and an Essay

Dear Aunt Adeline,

What is the difference between the thesis in an open response and an essay? Can you please help me out?

-pleasehelpme

Dear Pleasehelpme,

Sure I can help you. The difference is in an open response the thesis is the first sentence of the first paragraph. In an essay the thesis is the last sentence in the first sentence. Just remember though, if the topic is about a book always remember to state the title and the author.

-Aunt Adeline

-Shikha Patel

How to Not Forget Which Homework You Have

Dear Aunt Adeline,

I am starting to sometimes forget things that I have for homework. What should I do? I really need something to help me remember. Do you have any advice from me?

From                                                                                                                                                                        I need help remembering

Dear I need help remembering,

I know you can sometimes forget what you have for homework, but it is not a good thing. Below are two suggestions that I have for you:

Write Down Everything

One advice that I have for you is to write down all your homework. Now, the question is where should you write the homework down? Well, you should go buy a agenda book. Every time you go to your classes, write down the homework you have. Never leave your classes without writing down your homework.

Check the Blogs

Check if your teachers have blogs that they post homework and everything you need to know. If you forget to write down any of your homework or you just want to double check your homework, just go onto the teacher’s blog.

I hope this helps you!!!

From,                                                                                                                                                                      Aunt Adeline

-Shikha

Ways to Study for Vocabulary

Dear Aunt Adeline,

I just had a vocab quiz and I totally failed it. I figured out I have been failing my vocabulary quizzes. I really need to change the way that I study? I really need help! Do you have any advice?

– Iamfailing.org/advice please

Dear Iamfailing.org/advice please,

There are many different ways to study. Here is one way to study for vocabulary.

Create Flashcards

Everytime you get vocabulary to study, you can make flashcards. You should write the word on one side and the definition on the other side. When you go to study the flashcards you can look at the definition and try to remember the word the definition explains or defines. Make a pile for the ones you got correct and ones that you get wrong. Keep on practicing every day. Make sure you put in your best effort though.

Remember this is only one way you can study vocabulary. Like I said before, there are many other ways to study for vocabulary.

-Aunt Adeline

-Shikha

I Lost My iPhone – What Do I Do?

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I lost my iPhone! Help!”

-iMissMyiPhone

Dear iMissMyiPhone,

Check every room of every house. Look under couch cushions, in drawers, under beds, in cars – EVERYWHERE. Ask your friends if you left it at their house. Check the lost and found at school. Wherever it is, its bound to turn up at some point. If worst comes to worst, you’ll probably end up having to buy a new one.

Make sure to look around and ask around!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. We’ve all been there at some point..

Should I Be So Afraid?

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I’m becoming really worried. There have been a lot of ISIL attacks worldwide lately, including the U.S. Also, schools all around my own have recently been threatened with bombs. I’m scared that my family or I will be injured or even killed in an attack. Is this reasonable or should I calm down?”

-ScaredForMyLife

Dear ScaredForMyLife,

There have been many tragedies in recent events. Attacks led by ISIL and bomb threats issued to local schools are things people should find at least mildly alarming. But if this fear is all you can think about, if it’s haunting you day in and day out, if its taunting you in your dreams, maybe your fear has gone a little too far.

Too Far

If you think your fear has gone too far, talk to a parent, friend, or guidance councilor about it. People all around you are here for you to talk to and here to listen to you when you need help. Don’t be embarrassed, this is a very logical thing to be afraid of.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. This fear is extremely rational compared to other ones out there…

 

I’m Failing All My Classes

“Dear Aunt, Edith

i hav horible news. i amm deat. well not literaly i gues. any way i amm failinig my clasesss. it is almast pregross ropert time to. what do i do. i am failinig matetmaticics, ela, sceicne, sicoal studeis and every one of my rest of the clasesss to. do u hav ani advice for me! can u holp me!

-almost deat

Sometimes, the stress of middle school can de difficult to manage. Especially if you have other problems at home on top of that. But that really is no reason to be failing every class. Here a few tips to bring your grades up:

Do Homework and Pass it in on Time

Homework can be boring – everyone in the world knows that. But one thing that could be lowering your grade is not turning in your homework every day. A late homework assignment once in a long time will not bring your grade from an A to an F, but if you’re consistently passing in homework late or not passing it in at all, your grade will plummet. Try to get your homework done as soon as possible after school, and put it back into your bag as soon as you’re finished. It’s a very simple task.

Study for Your Test and Quizzes

Studying can also be boring too, but in order to pass your test and quizzes you need to study hard. When studying try to study in a quiet area where nothing or nobody can disturb you. Try to study at least starting from five to three days before the test. Study the way that helps you the most, perhaps using index cards for vocabulary or notes for other things. When studying try not to get distracted. Try to study at least three times before the test or quiz. Study the hardest as you can and you are sure to pass your test or quiz.

Put in Your Best Effort and Ask Questions When Needed

In everything you do always try your best. Trying your best always helps. When needed always ask questions. If you are confused on something always remember to ask. Asking questions will always make things more clear for you. Even if you think you are wrong, always offer your answer to teachers, because being wrong always teaches you something.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S.

Also Aunt Adeline

 

 

 

 

My Best Friend is Ignoring Me for Her Boyfriend

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I am absolutely fuming. My best friend is constantly ditching me to hang out with her boyfriend. I mean, I understand she wants to hang out with him sometimes, but even if me and her boyfriend are there at the same time, she barely talks to me and clings onto him like a parasite. It’s nauseating! She acts like such a jerk when she’s around him because he’s got this awful influence on her. The worst part is she doesn’t even realize what she’s doing or how I or our other friends feel about it!

Please help.”

-IWantToStabHerBoyfriend

Dear IWantToStabHerBoyfriend,

Your best friend probably wants her boyfriend to accept her and like her a lot, so naturally, she would try to stay around him a lot and adopt his personality a bit. That’s what she thinks she’s doing. But actually, she is pushing you and your other friends away on order to be with him more. This can be frustrating for, (a) the friends, (b) the boyfriend, and (c) the parents – everyone’s parents. It can be difficult to tell her how you feel without offending her.

Try to get her to realize what she’s doing without telling her. Maybe when you invite her over, add a line such as, “Unless you have plans with ****** or something…” If she realized how uproportionate the amount of time she spends with her friends to the amount of time she spends with her boyfriend, she might solve the problem.

Or, if she’s the kind of person who would respect your opinion if you told her how you felt, give it a go and see where you get.

Middle school relationships usually don’t last that long so…

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Nice username

English and It’s Words

The English language can be hard sometimes… This post will help you find the word you are looking for–and maybe these will surprise you!

 

  • There, their, they’re

Over THERE, Over THEIR house (Shows ownership), THEY’RE over here (They are)

  • Road, rode

ROAD is what you drive on, RODE is past-tense ride

  • Its, it’s

ITS is possessive (The house has its flaws), IT’S is  contraption of it is or it has

  • I could care less

You still care, even a little bit. The right sentence is I COULDN”T CARE LESS

  • Scratch, itch

You SCRATCH an ITCH, you can’t itch a scratch

 

I hope this helped you, because English grammar is very confusing at times. If you have any other words that you are confused with, comment them below! And, you can watch this video to learn some more English language rules

Have a grammar-rific day!

 

~Miranda C

I Don’t Like My Best Friend’s Favorite Book

Dear Aunt Edith,

My best friend is obsessed with this book. She talks about it ALL THE TIME!!!!! Then she just shoved it into my hands one day and was like, ‘Read it,’ and I was like, ‘Okay.’ So, of course, I read it because I knew it mattered to her… But I REALLY don’t like it. Like, I think it’s one of my least favorite books. Do I tell her I don’t like it or should I pretend I like it to keep her happy?”

-Ohgodwhatifmybestieneverspeakstomeagainiwilldieohnoplezhelp

Dear Ohgodwhatifmybestieeverspeakstomeagainiwilldieohnoplezhelp,

People have different opinions about a lot of things: the upcoming presidential debate, favorite foods, movies, and yes, books. Sometimes it can be very easy to disagree with someone, for example, a sibling, a parent, an enemy/someone you don’t particularly like… Your best friends can be hard to disagree with, especially if it’s something that really matters to them. The best thing to do is when she asks you whether you liked it or not, gently lay the truth on her. Tell her that you, personally, didn’t particularly like it, but can see why she would like it.

If she’s really your friend, she would understand and not get upset about it. She might be a little disappointed, but you should let her be. Good luck!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. I’d love to hear from all my readers! If you ever need any advice, write me a letter in the comments!

Do you want to join a club but don’t know which one to do?

So you want to join a club? You don’t know which one?

Well here is some for you.

  1. The journalism club, if you like to write  this is perfect for you
  2. The cross country club is for people who like running
  3. The debate club is for people who like to argue
  4. The play is for people who want to act

And that’s about all I know.

If you want to join a club and are not sure if it is up there just ask me and I will get into it.

Love Mrs. Know It All.

Good News!

We finally got the poster up for the advise column so now you can give me your question and I will answer it! Remember you can ask me anything you want as long as it is appropriate. It doesn’t even have to be about school it can be outside of school. Don’t be afraid to ask me something and remember you don’t have to put your real name you can put kitylover or something like that and that has to be appropriate or you will get caught.

Love Mrs. Know It All.

Are you new and need help?

Hi did you move from a new country to America? Well I have and I have some advice for you.

Im a kid who was born on the other side of the world.

But instead of sad memories lets talk about happy stuff so yea you just moved here from a different school or country and you need friends to keep your mind from your old ones. you can do one of the ones down below

  1. Talk to people.
  2. Join a club and make friends there.
  3. In class you have to work with a partner so go work with someone you have never worked with and talk with them, maybe about the school work or maybe not about the school work.

So If this helps you Great! If it doesn’t tell me and i’ll try to think up some more ideas if none of them work ….I’ll be your friend! So don’t worry if there is anything you need to talk about it i’m here for you!

From Ms Know It All

Transitioning from Seventh to Eighth Grade

Dear Aunt Edith,

I’m starting eighth grade this year. I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOO nervous!!!! CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME DEAL???????????? thx

-PLZHLPME2DEAL78

Dear PLZHLPME2DEAL78,

The transition from seventh to eighth grade is easier than it seems. Back in the day, when I was but a young girl, eighth grade was much more intense. But, according to inside sources, eighth grade is one of the best grades you’ll come to yet.

In seventh grade, you had four core classes, a UA, and a core enrichment (or band). Eighth grade is very similar. You have five core classes, unless you take core enrichment instead of Spanish, and UA (or band). The teachers and teaching styles aren’t that different either.

The homework load is easy enough to handle, and the units in class are challenging but fun. You will do great in eighth grade as long as you pay attention and complete al your homework.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Back in my day, eighth grade was much different…

I Think I Have Scurvy

dear Aunt Edith , I haven’t had vitamin C in three years and I think I have scurvy
Please help, __ MLGnoscoper__

Dear MLGnoscoper,

I could go on and on about eating a healthy diet and all that, but that won’t fix anything, and frankly, I’m not that bored with my life.

If you think you are sick, you should tell your parents, and they should tell your doctor. Tell your parents you are concerned about your health, and that you would like to speak to your doctor about it. Scurvy, and any other disease you think you might have, can be serious and you should tell your doctor.

This is a pretty short-and-to-the-point response, but you get it.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. How have you not gotten any Vitamin C in three years?

I Have A Dilemma

“Dear Aunt Edith,

Best Friend A likes Best Friend B. Best friend B has a boyfriend (Boyfriend A). I WANT TO TELL THE WORLD BUT I CAN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

-DilemmaDiva

Dear Dilemma Diva,

It can be very hard to keep a secret. You want to be able to talk about it to people other than the subject of the secret.

Whatever you do, do not tell someone the secret without asking Best Friend A. DO NOT TELL OR DROP HINTS TO BEST FRIEND B ABOUT IT! Best Friend A will never forgive you, and it could sever relationships between you and Friend A (definitely), Friend A and Friend B (more tan likely), and maybe even you an Friend B, depending on the situation.

Write it in a diary, talk to your cousins that live out of town, or try to forget about it. This is not something you should talk about with your friends at school, Best Friends A or B, Boyfriend A, or even your parents – they might know  that person and things could go wrong….

Good luck to you, and to Best Friend A.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Nice code names, though.

Aunt Edith

“Dear Aunt Edith,

Tell me about yourself.”

-Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

Wow. I’m flattered.

Edith Grace was born on April 18, in a year in which I struggle to remember. She was raised on a farm in Kentucky in which she tended the goats and chickens daily. On a dreadful day in November, her parents went out riding Bessie, the beautiful brown horse that Edith would groom every other day. Bessie tripped over a root and fell, sending her parents flying. Bessie crashed into a thorn and died. Mr. and Mrs. Grace buried the horse in the backyard, and every time Edith went out to play, she just saw a mound of dirt staring back at her.

Soon enough, depression got the better of her. When she was eight, she ran away to an orphanage, where a lovely family adopted her. Her new parents were very nice, and the little boy and girl that were in the family were even nicer. Edith was very happy here, but she knew her real parents probably missed her.

One day, her mother received a phone call. “Edith,” she called. “Yes, Momma?” Edith replied. “Someone would like to talk to you.” Edith accepted the phone from her mother. “Hello?” Edith asked. “Edith? Is that you?” Edith would know that voice from anywhere. Sure, it’d been two full years, but Edith knew it was her real mother on the phone. “Mom?” Edith and her real mother talked for hours, then her real mother wanted to talk to her new mother.

Her new mother talked to her real mother then cupped her hand over the mouthpiece. “Edith, your mother and I agree that you should move back in with her.” Edith cried, “No! I can’t bear to see the grave of my old horse, Bessie, again!” Her new mother exchanged more words with her real mother. She hung up the phone. “Your parents are selling the farm and moving to the east coast. They want to know if you’ll move there with them.”

Edith was torn. She loved her new family. She had no siblings in her old family. But she knew she belonged with her old family, so she agreed to move in with them in Massachusetts.

Edith’s old and new families met and Edith bid her new family farewell. She set off with her parents to Massachusetts, a new state… and a new life?

Edith moved to a small town called Tyngsborough, which had more spellings than it did people. She quickly adjusted to Tyngsborough Middle School, and she made so many friends. High school began and ended, and college was ahead of her. Edith applied to several colleges, but only one accepted her. Northeastern University in Boston gave her a full scholarship. She didn’t move that far from her parents and could come home regularly.

Edith met a fabulous man at Northeastern, Paul Gefilte, and dated him for two years. But upon finding love letters addressed to another girl, she dumped him and never spoke to him again. But another man, the man of Edith’s dreams, lived in the apartment down the hall from her. On one dashing day, he asked her out and she jovially said yes. She had the most joyous week and a half of her college career, until she realized that he only asked her out because her friends dared him to. Astonished, she fled the dorm.

She bumped into a man on the street as she stormed out, causing her books to crash to the ground. “For you ma’am,” the mn said, handing her her books from the ground. “Thank you,” she sniffled. “I’m Pat.” “I’m Edith.” For the next three weeks, Edith and Pat saw each other on that street corner. One day, during their conversation, he pulled out an envelope and handed it to her. “For you,” he said. She ripped open the envelope and saw tickets to an Elvis concert. Backstage tickets.

Guess what? Edith and Pat got married. But there was still something missing. She had no nieces or nephews. So late in her years, she became Aunt Edith, giving advice to children everywhere.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Enough about me, tell me about you.

Instagrounded

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I really wanted an Instagram account, but my mom said no. So, I did it myself. My mom found out and I was grounded. She canceled it. I’m so mad, but when I try to explain myself, she just gets this “I’m so disappointed in you look,” and I’m all “ya woman like whateva.” Well, in my head.

Now how will I get an Instagram?”

-Instagrounded

Dear Instagrounded,

YOU ARE GROUNDED. HOWEVER YOUR PARENTS INTERPRET GROUNDING, FOLLOW THE RULES. YOU WILL NEVER GET AN ACCOUNT IF YOU BREAK THEM.

Okay, now that we have that cleared up:

– Apologize for setting up an account

– Apologize for breaking the rules

– Ask her why you’re not allowed to get one

– Ask her the way you can prove you can get one

Don’t worry, you can get one when you’re eighteen. Ask for it for your birthday each year.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Respect her when you talk to her.

Scaredy-Cat

“Dear Aunt Edith,

Today in class my teacher passed out the book, I Know What You Did Last Summer. I know that’s a horror story, and I’m nervous to read it. I don’t want to have nightmares about the book we’re reading in class. How do I read the book without being such a scaredy-cat?”

-ScaredAboutStartingIKWYDLS

Dear ScaredAboutStartingIKWYDLS,

Some people love being scared, for example, those who love roller coasters. Something about the exhilaration of bering scared excites people. Some people DO NOT like scary things, and would prefer to go to bed knowing they’ll sleep soundly.

If you’re one of those people who are dreading starting a scary book like I Know What You Did Last Summer, or even nervous about reading any scary boom you’re starting, here’s some things to keep in mind:

It’s Not Real

Remind yourself if you find yourself dreading the next chapter that she story IS NOT REAL. And most likely, it COULD NEVER BE REAL. Just constantly say that to yourself.

Take Breaks

After every chapter, play a game, read another book, watch a funny movie, do anything to get your mind off of the horrors of your story.

Talk About It

If you talk to your friends about the events from the story, it will be easier to think about.

Read It Well Before Bedtime

Read the book as soon as you get home from school, and long before you have to sleep. Do other things before you sleep so that the book isn’t the last thing you think about.

I hope you can still enjoy the book, though!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. It shouldn’t be that scary

My Teacher Thinks I’m Satan

“Dear Aunt Edith,

My teacher legit believes I’m Satan.

She HATES me. Whenever she calls on me, she reaches for the cross hanging around her neck. And when we had PARCC, we had to work on packets while we weren’t testing. They were numbered by our last names alphabetically – and she put 666 on mine! There’s not even 666 kids in the school!

And on top of all this, she doesn’t give me fair test scores and never calls on me during class. I know I haven’t totally done all my homework, but I don’t think that means my teacher has to cleanse herself at church after every school day I’m in her class.”

-666ReasonsToThinkSheHatesMe

Dear 666ReasonsToThinkSheHatesMe,

So maybe your teacher is a little on the nutty side. But if you think that her… um… If you think your teacher is in ANY way depriving you of a proper education, YOU NEED TO TELL HER.

Education is an important part of your life, and any teacher you find unable to properly meet that standard is something that needs to be reported.

Things to Say to Your Teacher

“Excuse me, Mrs. Sally Jo?”

“I feel like you don’t call on me in class often enough.”

“Can you please explain the grading system you used for this test?”

“Why was my PARCC packet marked 666?”

“I’m sorry; I don’t understand.”

PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE YOUR MANNERS AND BE RESPECTFUL. DO NOT ASK HER IF SHE THINKS YOUR SATAN. TELL HER THAT “YOU FEEL” THIS IS HAPPENING, DO NOT TELL HER IT IS.

Things NOT to Say to Your Teacher

“Hey, I need to talk to you.”

“You never call on me in class.”

“Why did I get a 57 on this test?”

“Is there a reason you marked my packet with the devil number?”

“What?”

“Do you think I’m Satan?”

Be Proactive

Do your homework. Study better for tests. Try to prove you can be effortful in her class. Maybe she just wants to see you try more, even if you don’t realize that you do.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. I’d love to hear from all my readers. Please write to me!

Troubles With Homework

“aunt edith I can’t do my homework. how do I focus? What is concentration? how do you dO thIs”

-Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

Homework is like a force that slowly sucks the life and happiness out of you, locking you inside of a dark, dark chamber… full of algebra.

As you progress in middle school, your homework load will increase and get harder. Sometimes you can lose your focus and get extremely stressed.

PUT SPACE IN BETWEEN YOUR ASSIGNMENTS

For example, when you have finished your Social Studies homework, have a snack, or do a QUICK activity before you begin your math. Sometimes you just need to walk around a bit so you can regain your focus.

ALLOW NO DISTRACTIONS

Try not to do your homework in front of the TV, while texting a friend, or listening to this thing called “youtube” videos (whatever those are). Your homework will get done faster and you’l be more focused.

I hope you are able to complete your homework more efficiently, now.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. HAHA I have don’t have to do homework!

Moving

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I’m Anna. And I’m Madeline. In July, I’m going to move to California. I’m super nervous about moving so far away. Madeline is my best friend and I’m afraid I’ll never see her again and NOOOO I HAVE TO WAAAAAAH!!!!!! Yeah, and she’s my bestest friend…. Well… My only friend. SHE CAN’T LEAVE WAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!

PLEASE HELP!”

-AnnaAndMadelineLOLOLOLBFF123ABC666HAHAHAPEACEOUTYEAH

Dear AnnaAndMadelineLOLOLOLBFF123ABC666HAHAHAPEACEOUTYEAH,

Moving can be tough. Although I’ve never moved before myself, there are plenty of other people who have. Adjusting to a new school, new house, new people, and even a new time zone will be stressful for a while. Set up a time to Skype Madeline… Maybe… Once a week? Call her if you need someone to talk to. It may be hard being “bestest friends” still, but don’t forget each other.

Friends moving away can also be tough. Call up on Anna once in a while to see how she’s doing. Maybe you can convince your parents to let you visit at some point. Find some new people to hang out with. Join a club or try out a sport. Just try to get out there and…. I hate to say it… Move on.

Good luck!!!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. At least you won’t have to go to the beach in snow pants.

My OTP Broke Up

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I guess this is kind of silly, but something DEVASTATING in the world of me just happened.

In one of my favorite shows, my OTP broke up.

I don’t think you need to hear all the details, but I’m really upset and can’t stop obsessing about them. I just feel really sad and depressed right now.

Please send advice!”

-MyOtpHasBrokeUpAndIJustDiedOnTheInside

Dear MyOtpHasBrokeUpAndIJustDiedOnTheInside,

Thank you for your letter. I had to ask for help from my great-granddaughter, because I wasn’t quite sure what an OTP is. She helped me out on this one. (Just a shout out to her.)

For those of you who don’t know, OTP stands for One True Pairing. An OTP is your most favorite relationship, often fictional, excluding your own.

After a long conversation with my great-granddaughter, we came up with a few solutions.

1.) DO NOT watch the clips from the show over and over again. You will eventually get bored of these scenes, have them memorized word for word, and rush through your homework so you can watch it.

2.) BE CAREFUL with fan fiction. Authors often alter the personalities of the characters to supply information, humor, or drama the stories need. Or if you look up one relationship, they could actually write about just one person from your OTP with another person – you wouldn’t want that!

3.) TRY to let go. Read books, watch different shows, stop watching the show; do anything to try and forget about the characters.

Good luck, and I hope they get back together! 🙂

They probably won’t.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. For everyone: in the comments, tell me your favorite fictional OTP – include names, ship name, and where they’re from. I’ll post them on the blog!

Party Poopers

“Dear Aunt Edith,

For my birthday in May, I’m taking three of my friends to Six Flags. My best friend doesn’t like roller coasters, though. I asked her if she preferred not to go,  but she looked kind of hurt. I want to bring her, but I don’t want her to not have fun.

Please help!”

-MyBestiePoopsOnParties23

Dear MyBestiePoopsOnParties23,

Ooh, you’re in a tough spot. I’d say if your friend really wants to go, let her go. So maybe she doesn’t like roller coasters. But maybe she just wants to be with you.

If she does want to go, maybe you can spread your time out. Go on a roller coaster, them go on something else, or do one of those side attraction things. But don’t go out of your way to make sure she’s happy – this is your party.

Don’t persuade her not to come, because she might feel like you think she’s a party pooper… uh, you might wanna change your screen name…

Enjoy Six Flags!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. I’d love to hear from all my readers! If you need advice, post a comment on one of my older posts with your question, and I’ll get to it within the week.

My Mom Won’t Let Me

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I AM SO MAD. My mom won’t let me dye my hair (unnatural colors). She said it would look, and I quote, ‘look some,’ okay I’m gonna have to stop quoting for a second, and I’ll finish, ‘and that won’t be appropriate for school if you go to school with ten different colors in your hair.’

All I wanted to do was dye the ends purple. And she’s going CRAZY about it. My hair’s pretty dark, too, so it would hardly show! Please give me advice on how to convince her to let me.

Thanks,

PurplePRETTYPRETTYPlease90909090”

Dear PurplePRETTYPRETTYPlease90909090,

Tsk-tsk. Sounds like an awfully UPTIGHT mom. You need to be able to have a conversation with her. Ask her these things:

– Would it be okay if I dye just the ENDS of my hair?

– Can I dye it a more natural color, maybe reddish?

– Can I get it if I pay for it myself?

– Can I get it when I’m (thirteen, fourteen, fifteen…)

– Can I try it with temporary dye for a couple days? On the weekend? Then we’ll see?

Talk to your mom about how a little dye won’t be inappropriate in school. Talk about kids at school that are good role models but dye their hair.

In the end, your mom might not give in, but you’ll have to respect her opinion. Just remember, when you’re older, you’ll be able to do WHATEVER you want, so it’s all good.

Whatever you and your mom agree to, respect her opinion, because that’s how it goes with moms.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

Put an End to a Struggle With a Friend

Dear Aunt Edith,

My friend hasn’t been hanging out with me so much lately. All she wants to talk about is her NEW friend. I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MAD AT HERRRRR!!!!

I SAW HER GIVE MY FRIEND A NECKLACE AND SHE HAS THE SAME ONE AND I ASKED MY FRIEND ABOUT IT AND SHE WAS LIKE, “uh, I got it at 5 Below…” BUT I NO SHE LIES!!!!!!!!! LIIIIIIIIIIEZZZZZZZZZZ 2 MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. AAAAH!!!!!!! Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y!?!?!?!?!? THIS IS UNBELEIVEAVLE ! *cries in corner* WHAAAAAA….”

-LosingFriendy666

THE REST OF THIS LETTER HAS BEEN CLIPPED SO THAT YOU ARE NOT SITTING HERE FOR HOURS READING A STRANGER CRY, WHINE, AND SCREAM . I HAD TO. I WOULD NOT WANT TO WISH THAT KIND OF PAIN UPON ANYONE, EVEN MY DIRE ENEMIES. YOU OWE ME ONE.

Dear LosingFriendy666,

I’ve never in my life have seen such a dramatic letter, and when I was born the delivery doctor was a dinosaur. You just need to talk with your friend. Let me warn you:

THIS WILL BE EXTREMELY AWKWARD.

Approach your friend and say something such as:

“Hey, Sally Jo. Can I talk to you for a second?”

(Umm… Okay…)

“I feel like you’re spending more time with Cruz than me.”

(Sasuke…. You’re my best friend! I will always spend most of my time with you.)

“So you’re free tomorrow night for a sleepover?”

(Um… Actually… I have plans with Cruz. The night after? Oh, no, wait. I have plans with Cruz…)

“Die.”

(What?)

“Nothing. Sally Jo, don’t you see what I mean?”

(I’m sorry, Sasuke. Maybe… I dunno… I’ll buy you a cookie!)

“Cookies don’t fix broken hearts. You do.”

*Audience in the Background* AWWWWWWWWWWW…

(I’ll tell you what. I’ll spend more time with you, IF you find another friend. I don’t want you to be alone when I’m at another girl’s house. Okay?)

“Okay.”

*Audience in Background* YEAH! WOO-WHOO! *claps*

Talking can help a lot of things. And Sally Jo was right. Find MORE friends. Maybe you guys are just drifting, and although it can be slow and painful, it’s better than a bestie becoming a bully.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Like how I named you Sasuke?

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Fangirl Power

Dear Aunt Edith,

I can’t stop fangirling about his one series of books! They are amazing books, though. But I think it’s starting to get on my friends nerves .They say that the book is ALL i talk about, when in reality, I talk about plenty of other things. It’s just that that book is my FAVORITE book. It’s so amazing and it has action, adventure, great characters, and my favorite part is when… oh wait. There I go again.

Please help.

-fangirlomgluvitfolyfe1234

Dear fangirlomgluvitfolyfe1234,

It sounds like you’re dealing with an obsession. Do you feel as though you’re dealing with an obsession? If so, continue reading.

Everyone has likes and dislikes. Everyone has loves and hates. Books, movies, TV shows, sports… you can obsess over anything.

There are two kinds of obsessions: healthy obsessions, and unhealthy obsessions.

A healthy obsession would be like if you’re obsessed with Green Day, for example, so you raise money to buy tickets to a concert and you’re just happy listening to their music.

An unhealthy obsession would be like if you’re obsessed with a book, so you read the book over and over again, look up fan fiction from that book then delete it from your search history, trace out the words you’re obsessed with of the book on the furry part of your coach, drawing detailed images of the characters… And NOT wanting to be obsessed with it so much.

Finding new interests, such as reading new books, can help get you a little obsessed.

For a while, everything you’ll see will remind you of something from your obsession, but you’ll get over it eventually.

In conclusion, it’s okay to like something, and okay to obsess over it, but you have to keep in mind, you can’t live your life in the shadow of your obsession.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. It’s okay. I sometimes obsess over Elvis. Half the time. Most of the time. All the time…

Picking Up Spilled Beans

Dear Aunt Edith,

My ex-best friend told everyone the girl i like! AND HE TOLD HER. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH *clears throat, deep breath* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!

What do I do?”

-MyCrushKnows_HELP!

Dear MyCrushKnows_HELP!,

Oooh. That’s not good. I’d hate to be you right now. I MEAN! – I no exactly what to do. One second… Um… Okay… So.

YOU JUST MADE A HORRIBLE MISTAKE!!!!! Do not post online that everyone knows who your crush is, because you just admitted that the rumor is true.

If your classmates aren’t cool enough to visit the school’s blog, which is run by a bunch of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and an elder who needs her grandson to write this down for her great-grandson to tell one of the sixth graders who posts it online, then you still have a chance!

DENY EVERYTHING

“Do you like-like Sally Joe?” “She’s nice, but I don’t feel that way towards her.”

DO NOT DO:

“Do you like-like Sally Joe?” “No. She’s gross – have you seen her teeth – they’re nasty!”

If anyone asks, politely say no.

KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE, BUT YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER

Tell your friends that if anyone asks, you DO NOT FEEL THAT WAY TOWARDS HER. Tell your ex-best friend that you DON’T FEEL THAT WAY TOWARDS HER. Say that you felt that way towards her in second grade, and that he should have been listening when you said IN SECOND GRADE.

Good Luck,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Is she cute?

Mental Breakdowns

Dear Aunt Edith,

I can’t stop having mental breakdowns! It’s so stressful and I just can’t stand it anymore. Please help me fix my problem.”

-mentallybreakingdownperson:[

Dear mentallybreakingdownperson:[,

The best thing you can do is take deep breaths, and think about what’s happened.

For example:

1. Sally Jo told me my hair looked better up.

2. I told Sally Jo I don’t care what she says.

3. I shoved Sally Jo.

4. I ripped her ponytail holder out.

5. I slingshot it at her.

6. I slapped her….

7. I stomped away…

Oh.

If it’s your fault, apologize. If it’s Sally Jo’s fault (or another), talk to them, and they’re your friends, they can help you get over it. Sometimes, the best thing to do would be to see if this is really worth getting upset about.

Find happy places, breathe, and just calm down. You sound like a frazzled person. Try talking with your parents or figuring out how to get yourself less… frazzled.

Good luck!

Don’t forget to send in your advice requests!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Be glad you asked me, because any other adult would have said something like, “oh its just puberty blah blah blah.” You’re welcome.

Getting Cut

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I was cut from the play this year. I didn’t make tryouts for the basketball team. Should I even try out for anything anymore?”

-CutIntoShreds

Dear CutIntoShreds,

That was depressing to read. I’m going to tell you something you’ll need to know for the rest of your life. You will never be the best at anything. There will always he someone better than you. But you won’t always be the worst.

Talk to people. Talk to your drama teacher: Hi, Mr. Grossman. Is there a specific reason you cut me from the play? Talk to your basketball coach: Coach, is there anything I should work on before next season?

Practice. Practice. It can only help. And never give up. If you’re not good at acting, maybe join a singing club and just take part of the package. Try another sport.

Good luck.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

PS. Don’t forget to send me advice requests!

The C.O.P.S. Are Coming

“omg ant edith plz help me like my frends wont txt me wot do i do?”

-Icantspellfolyfe1234

Translation:

“Oh my goodness, Aunt Edith, please help me. My friends won’t text me. What do I do?”

-ICan’tSpellForLife1234

Dear Icantspellfolyfe1234,

I can’t imagine why, Lady Jane. Here’s a helpful hint:

COPS

Capitalization

Organization

Punctuation

Spelling

Let me break it down for you:

Capitalization

When you make the beginning of a sentence start with an uppercase letter, this is called capitalization. Capitalization also is useful for people’s names, important places, and other proper nouns.

Organization

You should put your words in an order that makes sense. For example, instead of. “@ da mall 2:43 snday,” consider: “Meet me at the mall on Sunday at 2:43.”

Punctuation

Commas, periods, exclamation points, and question marks all are part of punctuation. Your messages are easier to read when you put pauses in them.

Spelling

Yeah, yeah you have spellcheck. But sometimes spell check does NOT say what you meant…

Let’s Practice

hi hower u im god wots math homwork do u no

Hi hower u Im god wots math homwork do u no

Hi hower u Im god do u no the math homwork

Hi, hower u? Im god. Do u no the math homwork?

Hi, how’re you? I’m good. Do you know the math homework?

Elders

This counts for you too, people 30 or older! It’s even more annoying when you do it! I don’t even know what you’re trying to say (cough, cough, my son)!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. I love to hear from all my nieces and nephews out there! Please send questions that I DON’T need my great-grandson to translate for.

Procrastination

“Hey, Aunt Edith. I can’t stop procrastinating and it’s taking over my life and ruining my dreams. I always promise myself I’ll stop – tomorrow – and it never works. Send help.”

~Anon

Dear Anon,

Procrastination is a toughie. I’m sorry it is running your dreams. I dream of marrying Elvis, and I would be rather upset if that dream was ruined.

When you are first given the job or assignment (etc), come up with a due time. For example, you are given math homework in class. You look it over and assume it will take half an hour. But you also have ELA homework. You assume that will take will take fifteen minutes. Give yourself an hour after you get home to do this. 15 minutes for snacks and checking your teachers’ blogs, 15 minuted for ELA and 30 minutes for math. Get a parent, sibling, friend, or even baby-sitter to check that you’ve done it. If not, have them MAKE SURE you’ve done it. Make them stand there and make sure you’ve done it before anything else.

Even so, habits are hard to break. Procrastination maybe one of the hardest. Put a schedule on your phone (ask my great-grandson how, I’ve not the slightest clue): 3:00-Get Home; 4:45-Finish Homework; 5:30-Piano Lesson; 6:00-My Time.

I know that there is more than homework having to do with procrastination. For example, when I was a girl,I had to practice a Hebrew prayer for my Bat Mitzvah. When my teacher saw me again, I hadn’t practiced. She asked me to sing the prayer, and I think she could tell I hadn’t practiced. Include this stuff in your daily schedule. Even if you really don’t want to do it, think: Uh, brain, if I don’t make my mom’s birthday card, my dad will kill me, or: Brain! Making this card for mom will be fun! I can use markers and draw stuff all over it and make it funny and be sarcastic and make fun of her Yay!

So, Anon, I hoped this helps you. Thank you for sending your questions. I want to hear from all my readers out there! In the comments below, write out a question you need help with.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Do you dream of Elvis too?

How NOT to Get Lost

Dear Aunt Edith,

Next year in seventh grade, we are going to New York City. I’m afraid I’m going to get lost and then I’ll have to live there forever and then I’ll live in the sewers and then I’ll eat my rats, but I’ll eat all the rest so then I’ll have to eat…”

-EatingRats4312

Dear EatingRats4312,

I don’t think that will happen. But, just to be safe, here’s how to prevent eating rats in New York subway stations:

Buddy System

Stick with your friends, preferably one with a cel phone, and also stick with your chaperones. Try to stay toward the middle of your crowd, neither drifting behind nor jumping to the front.

If You Are Lost

STAY WHERE YOU ARE STAY WHERE YOU ARE STAY WHERE YOU ARE STAY WHERE YOU ARE STAY WHERE YOU ARE STAY WHERE YOU ARE STAY WHERE YOU ARE STAY WHERE YOU ARE

SOMEONE WILL COME BACK AND FIND YOU!

Use your phone, NOT A STRANGER’S! Talk to no one unless you personally know them. Sit down. Call out your chaperone’s name. THEY WILL FIND YOU; DO NOT FIND THEM!

Back when I was a girl, I went to New York City. It was fun. To make sure we didn’t get lost, they tied ropes around us and linked us together. I don’t know if they still do that. Probably.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. I would love to hear from all my readers. If you need help, comment below and help not only yourself, but also other people with the same problem.

Tips for Babysitting

Dear Aunt Edith,

My parents said I have to babysit my younger siblings after school.

WHAT IF I GET THEM KILLED? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!”

– AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Dear AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!,

All kids are different. Here are some tips divided by age.

Babies and Toddlers

Most parents will give you instructions for toddlers. Give them toys and play with them GENTLY. If they cry, figure out WHY. Fix it.

Children

Making forts, watching movies, and playing outside are fun things to do with kids. Ask them what they want to do. Come up with crafts and games. Try to keep them off the electronics. Don’t let them pig out.

Basically

You’d have to work pretty hard to kill your siblings (by accident). Treat them nicely, take care of them, listen to your parents instructions, and don’t let them take advantage of you. They might  think they can get more privileges out of you because you have a common enemy: your parents. Just kidding. But they do think you’re more likely to let them do more things.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. COMMENT!

Bullying

Dear Aunt Edith,

My friend is getting bullied.What do I do?”

-ScaredandTryingtoHelp101010102

Dear ScaredandTryingtoHelp1010102,

This is a tough and scary thing. Talk to your friend. How does s/he feel? Talk to adults. What do they think you should do? Talk to the bullies. Ask them about your friend. Tell them your feelings. Tell them her/his feelings. Find a happy place to keep everyone. Are the bullies mad your friend talks a lot during class? Fix that. Compromise. You can save a life.

Rumors are another problem. Its not okay to spread rumors if you don’t know they’re true. If you hear something that you doubt is true, tell an adult. Gossip and rumors count as bullying, too.

Cyber-bullying is just as bad, if not worse. If you were at the Ryan’s Story presentation, you would know that saying mean things about someone online doesn’t make it any less mean.

Sorry this is short. Have to find my cane.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Have any questions? Need advice? Comment below with your question or request.

What to Do if You Forget Your Homework

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I keep forgetting my homework. Like – more often than not.

What do I do if I forget it again?”

UhOhWheresMyHomework1234567898

Dear UhOhWheresMyHomework1234567898,

Remembering homework is hard to do. Even I as a child forgot homework. Whether it be forgetting to bring it home, forgetting to bring it back to school, or even forgetting to do it, there’re simple ways to remember your homework.

Remember to bring it home. Before you pack up to leave, ask people around you, “Do we have any (insert subject here) homework?” Ask a few people, because of course the one person you ask will forget that homework just like you did.

Remember to do it. Most teachers in the middle school have blogs. Assuming they do, find your teachers’ blogs and bookmark the page(s). Check it every night. If they don’t, write the assignment down in a notebook or piece of paper.

Remember to bring it in. As soon as you finish the assignment, put it in your backpack. Even if you forget it, as soon as you remember try to call someone at home who can bring it to you. DON’T MAKE  A HABIT OUT OF THIS.

Good Luck!

Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. If you need any advice, I do believe you’re able to comment.If you can, send me a question and my grandson will show me how to read it. Though, he will probably have to read it to me…

5 Ways to Remember Things You Know You’re Going to Forget

Dear Aunt Edith,

I am ALWAYS forgetting things: homework, chores, friends’ birthdays…

Do you know any tips to help remember things?”

-NevaGonnaRememba5678

Dear NevaGonnaRememba5678,

When I was your age, my memory was sharper than a tack! But I’ve been forgetting things in my old age… Anyways, I’ve come up with five ways to help you remember things. At least one of them should work for you.

1.) Write it down where you will see it. If you are trying to remember to do something, such as homework, writing it down on in a notebook that goes home with you will help you remember. Other places to write things like this down include: your bulletin board, white board, a paper taped to your bedroom door, and pretty much anywhere else that you will see it.

2.) Change something that will get your attention. For example, when I was packing for Camp Bournedale seventy-three years ago, I had to remember to pack my toothbrush in the morning. I took a paper cup and put it on my toothbrush box (I had braces) so in the morning, I would wonder, Why is there a cup there? Then I would remember it was to pack to my toothbrush.

3.) Sing the things you need to remember. If you have to remember a code or an address, try singing it to the tune of your favorite song. It is easy to remember things when you give it a tune.

4.) Write a memo on your phone. Now, I haven’t the slightest clue how a “cellular device” can remember things for you, but my great-grandson told me it could. According to him, it’s not magic, it’s science. I still don’t understand.

5.) Ask people to remind you. Ask a lot of people to remind you. One of them should remember and remind you. “Text” (whatever that is) them, or even text yourself to ask for help.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Now where did I put my hearing aids?

How to Oragnize Your Binder

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I have trouble organizing my binder – I keep losing papers!”

-MissusMessyBinder1234

Dear MissusMessyBinder1234,

It’s very important and very hard to keep a well-organized binder. Back in my day, we had several binders to keep track of, one for each subject. One thing that helped me was to color-code all my subjects. For example, you may want to keep all your E.L.A. materials blue, so you always know which notebook/binder you need at the time.

Another thing that might help you stay organized would be to keep ALL your papers in your binder. If you have some Math stuff in your math binder, some in your homework folder, and some in your locker, you have a problem. During homeroom, take all your math stuff and find a place for them in your binder. Clip them in! I would recommend binder tabs so you know where in the binder your stuff is.

This process may take several days of your HOMEROOM time (NOT IN CLASS), but it will surely help you in the days to come. Also, if you can, tuck your book and notebook in your binder so all your class materials are in one spot.

In the case you have one binder, use binder tabs to separate the different subjects. I have to go now, its time for Old Aunt Edith to cook some supper.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Keep your papers on date order – don’t clip them randomly in!

messybinder

DON’T BE LIKE THIS!