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7 Tips on How To Parent the Middle School Student (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Ellen Bennett on May 19, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Last week we introduced tips on how to parent the middle school student and the first four important topics we discussed were:

1.  ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE; 2. LEAD THEM TO LEAD; 3. TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED; and 4. TEACHERS ARE ON YOUR TEAM

Here are some further helpful hints that have been learned along the way:

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Topics: Parenting, Helpful Tips, Middle Shool

7 Tips on How To Parent the Middle School Student (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by Ellen Bennett on May 12, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Transitioning from parenting an elementary school aged student (5-10) to a middle school in San Diego aged student (11-14) can be a confusing and frustrating time. There's a lot of change and growth that takes place in kids as the prefrontal cortex of the brain starts developing around age 11, and personalities and learning style can sometimes seemingly change overnight.  There is also a significant adjustment to new surroundings and schedules at school: multiple teachers, subjects, classrooms, and expectations, all with an alternating schedule. I think it's safe to say your child may struggle.  They need you to be quick to encourage them and reinforce your confidence in them. There will be a transitional period for everyone and it will take time, but you must remember: time is on your side -- it’s only middle school.

Parenting this age calls for wisdom and much flexibility. There needs to be more room for independence as your child becomes more self-aware, opinionated, and naturaly desiring more freedom and responsibility. As parents, a transition may occur to add the roles of a coach and a cheerleader while continuing in the many other pre-existing roles we might be still learning.

With all this in mind, here are some helpful hints to help parents through this transitional period:

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Topics: Parenting, Helpful Tips, Middle Shool

Best Practices for Reading & Writing

Posted by Ellen Bennett on Apr 21, 2017 3:00:00 PM

As our children reach the middle school years (sixth-eighth grade), they are presented with another level of learning when it comes to reading and writing. As their knowledge expands, opportunity is given for their skills to grow. As Parents, we may wonder, “How can we help our children with this transition?  Are there certain practices that will enable them to thrive in this season?”

To help answer those questions, here are some important highlights to consider throughout their middle school years when it comes to writing and reading.

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Topics: Reading