It happens so fast, one day you are dropping your child off for their first day of kindergarten the next you are preparing for a middle school child. I know it’s not easy for me and can’t be easy for my daughter. I’m stressed because she is growing up too quick and I want her to slow down. She is stressed because, it’s middle school, it’s a whole new world to her. Thankfully there are things you can do to help your middle school child succeed.
Tips for Parents to Help Your Middle School Child Succeed
Go to meet the teacher night
Walking into an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar faces for the first time can be stressful. Take your middle school student to the meet the teacher night. I know, middle school it might not be “cool” and your middle schooler might not act thrilled to go, but it will help make their first day easier. You can help them find all their classrooms room while you are there.
Attend events, conferences and more
Be there, I don’t’ know what else to say. If you want school to be important to your child, it needs to be important enough to you to be there for events your child is involved in, conferences, etc.
Make sure they have everything needed to succeed
Make sure you child has everything at school and home to keep up with their schoolwork. Teachers often require students bring a something that wasn’t included on the back to school list. Make sure and touch base with your child’s teachers before sending them to school unprepared.
Care, pay attention and ask questions
Don’t forget to ask them bout their day. Talking to them about school will help you notice when something is bothering them. It’s a hard age, and it’s important for us as parents to maintain a good, trusting relationship with our middle school children. Again, it will only help you as they grow into teens and young adults. A good relationship is an essential part of helping your middle school child have a successful year.
The middle school age is hard because they are starting to grow up but they are not even close. Some days they love spending time with you and the next they don’t want to tell you about something you do that is embarrassing. It’s so not a fun age, for them either. I remember it is very confusing, and my mom did a good job of asking questions rather than overstepping her boundaries for the day, lol. I just think this is an age where it’s important we get to know our children, and if you are not sure about something to ask, it’s an excellent way to start building a different kind of relationship that will continue to grow into their teen years. Which can make transitioning into a teen easier for the both of you?
Help them with homework
I know, it’s often hard to remember how to do everything, but you have to figure it at least out with them. They’ll understand if you don’t remember if you are willing to figure it out with them. Never let your children see you say you can’t help them with their homework because you don’t’ know how to do it. This is not the message you want to send, and there are tools out there to help you. Great tools as a matter of fact, like the Big Fat Notebook.
Make sure they have a place to go when they need help
Finding and figuring out something for yourself usually, helps one remember it better. I always make my kids try to locate the answer. First, I’m a last resort lol. I don’t make myself the last resort because I dislike helping them, it’s because I want them to try to find the answer for themselves first. Not only will they remember the answer better, more often than not they find it, and it’s a huge confidence boost. It helps them learn that they CAN do something even if it’s hard. However, as parents, we need to make sure our children have the tools to help them. I’ve fallen in love with the BIG FAT NOTEBOOK series; it’s AMAZING!
Not only is the BIG FAT NOTEBOOK series perfect for middle school students I’ve found it to be a handy tool for parents too. I’m not going to pretend like I know everything. I had forgotten a lot, and the kids are doing things differently than when I was in school. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK gives me a place to go when I need help; everything is organized, and I don’t have to spend too much time searching for something online. My daughter and I can look it up in the BIG FAT NOTEBOOK together.
The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK series is the revolutionary study guide series created just for our middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK series is built on an irresistible and straightforward conceit. You know, borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in the classroom. The series includes giving books total, one for each man subject that is taught in middle school – History, Math, Science, English, World History, and Language Arts.
When your middle schooler opens up a book, they will find every subject’s key concepts which are easy to understand and summarized. Critical ideas are highlighted in bright neon colors, definitions are explained, doodles illuminate some tricky concepts, mnemonics for great shortcuts and even quizzes to help recap everything. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK series meets Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, state history standards and is vetted by the National and State Teachers of the Year Award.
The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest. You can grab them from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Workman.
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