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What to Know About Raising a Kid in Middle School

6 Things You Need to Know About Raising a Middle-Schooler

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If one thing can be said about Bo Burnham's debut feature film, Eighth Grade, it's that the movie isn't your run-of-the-mill coming-of-age story. While there are dozens of flicks out there that center on the first kiss between two tweens and romanticize the entire concept of growing up, Eighth Grade is not one of them.

Instead, the film focuses on Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), a 13-year-old with big dreams for the future, who, like most kids her age, is struggling with her confidence. Viewers are taken on a wild ride watching Kayla go through rites of passage like having a more-than-serious crush on the popular boy at school and dealing with moments of crippling insecurity at a pool party, all set to a pretty banging soundtrack.

Although the movie is certainly gritty — and will definitely make you cringe from secondhand embarrassment more than once — it perfectly nails what middle-school-aged kids have to deal with on a regular basis. So if you ever find yourself wondering what exactly your kiddo goes through on a daily basis, this movie can pretty much answer all your questions.

Scroll through all the important lessons that Eighth Grade tackles, and don't forget to check it out when it hits theaters on July 13.

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