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I dreaded it for years. The hormones. The backtalk. The eye rolls. Uncontrolled emotions. His awkwardness. The increased workload.
Many friends with older children said how different things are in middle school compared to elementary school, and a few personal experiences were shared with me. While we tried to prepare ourselves and our son for the next step up, some bridges cannot be crossed early and some lessons must be learned the hard way. I was never taught how to plan my work or work my plan as a student. Expectations are way higher today for students, and middle school is no exception.
The work is pushed out via virtual platforms, and there is little consistency amongst teachers in how they roll out daily asments and weekly agendas. Our school utilizes two platforms for asments, and he must check both frequently, cross-referencing the platforms to ensure nothing is missed. I agree, middle school is the time to let our children learn ability for asments, but showing them how to plan their work is essential. Executive Functioning is a Suck in the middle of important mental skills that includes flexible thinking and teaching them how to organize asments and execute their plan, all of which sets them up for success in school and in life.
It seems the new attitude acquired on day one of middle school is one of indifference, in case you missed that invisible print in the handbook. These moments have uncovered his concerns over friendshipsinsecurities about himself, questions about his body, things he hears on the bus, and much more. So much of puberty encompasses hormonal changes in the brain, not just physical changes to their bodies, and we want him to know his overwhelming emotions are completely normal.
One of my wisest friends said that so many parents lean out in middle school when they should really lean in more. This is the time kids start to push parents away, rebel against being treated like a kid, and in turn, punish their parents the only way they can, by withholding information. The friend dynamic will change. Sixth graders are desperately trying to fit in — somewhere, somehow, anywhere, any way — since they are now at Suck in the middle bottom rung of the ladder again.
Couple this clawing for social status with different maturity levels and development rates, and friendships sometimes take an unexpected turn. Friendships have seasons, too, and this is the time to make new friends. Many friends will come and go throughout your life, so let them.
Let them in, let them go, and let them come in again. Friends change. Friendships change. Sometimes they grow. Even though we were dreading the start of middle school, he has handled much of it well. There were some bumps at the beginning, but after we tackled the steep learning curve, sixth grade has been a good experience for our family. Lean in, stay connected, validate their huge emotions, encourage new friendships and celebrate the small things.
How was your transition to middle school? What advice can you give us for seventh and eighth grade?
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