Prepare Your Child for Learning

The Middle School Years

How you can better serve your middle school child?

Brain research shows that the middle school is brain is rapidly developing and growing at the same time causing severe changes to the thinking process and to the needs of adolescents. Below, you will find proven examples of changes you can implement to better serve your adolescent child during his or her middle school years.

BE SUCCINCT:

Give directions one at a time and allow your child time to process them.
Be straight-forward; never sarcastic or patronizing.

BE A COACH:

Guide your adolescent through tough decisions, but do not lecture.

DO NOT JUDGE:

Identify unwanted behaviors, but allow your child to come to his or her own conclusions about them.

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:

Sometimes adolescents cannot help but to engage in inappropriate activity. Understanding this and providing grace, can lead to better communication.

"ZZZZZ" LET THEM SLEEP:

Middle school aged children require 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Encourage them to obtain this for their own benefit in school.

TALK ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE:

Children between the ages of 12-19 are at the highest risk for substance abuse. Talk to your child and be clear about the dangers involved.