Expectations For Transition
2 ) What can I expect from my child during the middle school years?
1) How can I best support my child during the transition period?
With a lot of love and patience, you and your child will survive this time of the raging hormones. Talk with your child daily about school and find out about your child's interests. Check their agenda and discuss their assignments with them. Communicate regularly with the teachers on your child's team. Never take what your child says personally, and take every day as a new day. Remember, your child is a gift that is opening a little more every day.
Early adolescence, the middle school years, is a time of dramatic changes for your youth. At no other time of their lives will they grow more socially, emotionally, and physically than during the middle school years. This is a time of contradictions, challenges, and great rewards. During this time you might expect:
Dramatic physical growth
Bones grow faster than muscles
Erratic growth often results in lack of coordination
Acute awareness of physical development
Physical growth occurs before social and emotional maturity
Learn best when actively involved in the learning experience
Learn best when they see the activity as real and relevant to them
Develop a sense of humor
Put academics second to their social and emotional concerns
Develop loyalties to peer groups
Strong need to feel connected to others
Worry about fitting in
Challenges authority figures, including parents and teachers
Begin to develop meaningful relationships
Trying to identify their individual uniqueness
Continual hormonal growth triggers mood swings
Extremely self conscious and vulnerable to episodes of low self esteem
Feelings are intensified and they tend to take things personally
If you don't like their attitude, wait a few minutes, it may change