Middle School Students

Middle school is a time of great change for your student. That change comes in the forms of their bodies, minds, emotions, and education. The following information will help you find the resources you need to ensure you are the partner and parent your kids need.

Education & Development

Differences Between Elementary and Middle School

There are lots of changes from elementary school to middle school. Helping tweens make the transition from elementary school to middle school helps prepare them for a successful academic year. To get some tips on how to prepare your student, click here.

Know If Your Child Is Hitting Targets

One question that comes up over and over again seems to be, "How do I know if my child is on track with his/her peers?" To get a break down on where your child should be developmentally, click here. The information is written in plain language and has information for kids up to ninth grade.

Emotional Development

If there was one word to describe middle school students, many people may choose "hormones." As children gradually develop into teenagers, their emotional development will be as obvious as their physical development. Click here to learn about some changes you can expect to see from your tween.

Attendance

The first step to success in school is attendance. It's impossible to succeed if you don't show up. Click here to learn more about the importance of attendance.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Communicating effectively and often with your child's teacher is very important. Education is a team sport and you, your child, and his/her teacher are all on the same team. Click here to get tips on effective communication tips.

Balancing Extra-Curricular Activities

Are your kids over scheduled? Click here to learn about how to tell if they're taking on too many activities, and how you can help them find a good balance.

Tips for Homework

Ugh...the dreaded homework. It's hugely important, but often the least likable thing about school. Click here for some tips on how to make this daily job easier and more effective.

State Testing

State testing can be a nervous time for students and teachers. It can also be confusing for parents. Click here to learn more about the testing that occurs several times during your child's school years.

High School - The Next Step

It's never too early to start preparing for the rigors of high school. Click here for some tips on how to get ready for this next challenge.

 


Parenting Tips

Stop Bullying Before It Starts

By teaching children about what bullying is and the facts about how and why it is harmful, teachers and parents can set important foundations to stop bullying behavior before it starts. Click here for tips on how you can help.

Discipline

Disciplining children is never easy, but it can be especially hard when a tween is involved. While tweens are known for volatile moods and unpredictable behavior, there are ways to help your child learn how to manage emotions and live with the rules you've established for them. Get some ideas on discipline by clicking here.

Parent Stress

There's no doubt that raising a child can be stressful and even those parents that always seem put together deal with reaching the end of their rope. Before you reach your limit, click here to learn some tips on handling stress.

Dating

Dating - just the thought is enough to give a strong, confident parent chills down their spine. Click here to learn what you should know about kids, dating, and tween attitudes about relationships.