Middle School is a great time of change in the life of children. Students are learning how to be more independent; learning how to choose the hard right over the easy wrong; learning how to make a mistake (or fail) and bounce back; learning how to manage themselves and their materials; learning how to balance their academic and social life; and learning to adjust to a body that is changing quickly. Middlers do a lot of emotional and academic growth during the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
It’s not easy for the students or the parents. These years are challenging. Middlers are moving away from mom and dad and more towards their peer group. Unfortunately, conflict and social friction are a part of growing up. Some would say unavoidable.
As this New York Times‘ article entitled “How to Help Tweens and Teens Manage Social Conflict” states, “Don’t add to the drama. Take it in stride and coach your kids as they work to resolve things on their own.” While educators wouldn’t advocate that parents completely remove themselves from these situations, we do believe that the triumvirate of student, parent, and school, should play a role though on differing levels.
Please know we are here to partner with you, problem solve with you and consult with you. Sustained connections are important. We need each other and are here alongside you on the rollercoaster that is middle school.