For the Parents

Expectations For Transition 

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.

2 ) What can I expect from my child during the middle school years?

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 Great appetites 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

Intense curiosity 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

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