Parenting a middle school aged child can be a nerve-wracking (but very rewarding) experience. Last September, The Huffington Post published an article called, “Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wished You Knew”. I found the four excerpts below to be particularly relevant and directly related to what I often hear from students and parents alike. Similar frustrations and challenges are felt by parents everywhere, as are the joys of parenting a middle school child.
Ideally, education is a partnership between a family and a school. There are many ways to strengthen that relationship, and clear and respectful communication is a necessary component. Parents can also help to reinforce classroom learning by encouraging children to share and apply what they have learned at home. When a child is enthusiastic about learning, they not only retain information better, they also expand their skills as they find new ways to use what they have learned. Classroom lessons that feel relevant to “real life” outside school tend to stick with students longer. Applying lessons at home can also be fun. Most importantly, being involved with your child’s learning can strengthen family bonds.