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    Posted on September 2nd, 2014 rudrarup No comments

     

    Tips for Parents of Children Going to Middle School for the First Time.

     For children going into middle school, there are many anxieties, apprehensions and fears to deal with and overcome. Middle schools are larger than elementary schools, the school work is harder to do, and there are more classes and more teachers – all with different expectations and personalities. If you have a child who is entering middle school for the first time, know that it is normal for your child to express concern and maybe even exhibit some acting out behavior over school issues.

    Here are some tips that you can do to help your child through this transition:

    Don’t be too anxious about your child going to middle school. She will take clues from you and if you a consistently talking to other parents about how worried you are, she will hear you. Your child is capable of handling middle school. You know this. Empower her by letting her know that you know this.

    Teach him daily organizational habits like checking an assignment sheet before leaving his locker everyday or packing up his book bag the night before and being sure he has everything he needs for the next day.

    Put up his daily schedule on the refrigerator. This is a wonderful spot for him to check whether he has gym or band on that particular day. You will also be able to access his schedule here and help him with gentle reminders.

    Encourage him to get involved in school activities. Be there when he needs a ride or has a game.

    Go to any meetings or parenting classes your child’s school offers. Most middle schools offer a class for parents whose children are transitioning from elementary school to middle school. Use this resource.

    Openly communicate to your preteen child that you are available to help him with what ever he needs. While you may feel that your child knows this already, now is a good time to remind him.

    Do not be afraid to communicate with your child’s middle school administrators and teachers. They are there to help.

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