Michelle Sutherlin
NewsOK Contributor
Michelle Sutherlin is a middle school counselor in Norman, OK, who works with students ages 11-15 daily. She is also a mom to two boys, Ryan (12) and Will (9). She and her husband have been married for 16 years. She loves middle school students so much she created her own blog about them. Now as a parent of a middle school student herself, she seeks to help other parents of middle school students survive this tricky stage of life.

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  • Differences between Japan and Oklahoma

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Although there are many similarities with Japanese and American children, there are major differences in the schools we saw in Japan and the schools in Norman.

  • Japan Days 3 & 4 - The Universal Languages of Children

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    The universal languages are the same whether you are in Japan or Oklahoma.

  • Japan Day 2 - A Memorable Day

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Monks, temples, stairs, sushi, royal treatment and more!

  • Japan Day 1 - An Eye-Opening Experience

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    My first day in Japan was an eye-opening experience.

  • Outside the Comfort Zone of the United States

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    A trip to Japan was inspired by an amazing friend.

  • The 6 Phases of Summertime Sibling Rivalry

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Summertime is more than fun for me. It involves a pattern of sibling rivalry that makes me cringe. Is it the same at your house?

  • Middle School Counselor: To My Students, With Love

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    As my students move on to high school, I won't forget our time together, who they are or what I have learned from each of them.

  • Unexpected lessons as a middle school mom

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    Although I felt prepared to have a son in middle school, the painful lessons I have learned about parenting this year have helped me relate to parents everywhere.

  • Remembering May 3, 1999: Finding hope in nature's fury

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Mon, May 5, 2014

    On May 3, 1999, my search for God truly began. He used a terrible disaster to reach a sinner like me.

  • 5 ways our parenting can improve our world

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Thu, May 1, 2014

    Although we feel love for our children in Oklahoma, statistics show our communities don't love our kids. Here are five ways parenting can have a positive impact on our children and result in changing our communities.

  • 5 tips for parents of teens with smartphones

    BY Michelle Sutherlin, NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Most teens have cell phones. What is the right age to get your child one? What is the appropriate use of the phone? How involved should parents be? These are common questions parents have. Check this blog out for tips for parents.

  • Top 10 Mistakes Made by Parents of Middle School Students | 5-1

    BY Michelle Sutherlin, NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    It’s no secret that parenting is hard! We try to get it right, but sometimes we don’t. Luckily, we aren’t alone! Check out this story to see what mistakes we tend to make and how to avoid them.

  • Top 10 Mistakes Made by Parents of Middle School Students | 10-6

    BY Michelle Sutherlin, NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    If you've made some of these common mistakes, you aren't alone. Parenting is hard, especially when you have a middle school student. See what to do and not to do while parenting your teen.

  • State tests and stress: They're really just a moment in time

    BY Michelle Sutherlin, NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    A day not long ago, my third-grade son seemed especially stressed out about school. I don't know about you, but a third grader having stress about school is something I didn't expect or like very much. I asked him lots of questions: Was it a certain subject? His upcoming book report? A problem with a friend? A bully? Nope. He was stressed out because he knew state testing was coming up and he was worried about passing. I didn't know whether to be happy that he cared, sad that he was so worried or mad that testing has come to this. The state pressures the districts and they pressure the schools, which pressure the teachers and ultimately pressures students. Passing state tests has come to the point where 9-year-olds

  • Technology, teens and when to say no

    BY Michelle Sutherlin, NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    While some things never change, your teen may have a point. Most of my conversations that end in "no" with my son involve technology in some way, something that was significantly more limited when I was my son's age.

  • Why it's never a good idea to compare your children

    BY Michelle Sutherlin, NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    When we parent children that are either very different from each other or different from us, we have to be careful not to project ourselves or others onto our children.

  • When your child hurts, so do you

    BY Michelle Sutherlin, NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Watching our child hurt is one of the most trying experiences we can face as parents. It is especially heart-wrenching when we can't fix it. No matter if the hurt is physical or emotional, we feel our child's pain. This might be as simple as a bad day at school or it might be as significant as pain associated with dying. While all pain isn't equal, it is there for all parents. I am no expert on this topic. In fact, I hesitated to write about it since I know so many more parents are faced with dealing with a child's chronic or even terminal pain. I can't even imagine what this must be like for a mother or father. In the last couple of years, my best friend's precious daughter was dying of cancer. Natalie died just

  • Reflecting on the death, afterlife of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps

    BY Michelle Sutherlin, NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    Fred Phelps, the founder and former leader of Westboro Baptist church, died Wednesday. And, I bet you have wondered about what kind of afterlife this man is having right now. I wonder what happened when he came face to face with his creator.

  • Parenting Lessons: It's Not Just You; It's Me, Too

    BY Michelle Sutherlin, NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    My almost teenager is the one that is “exhibiting normal adolescent behavior,” and I am the one nearly panicking, even though I am a middle school counselor.