8 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Their Child Starts Middle School


In four short days everything will change. My son will walk through the student entrance of his new high school a gawky freshman and emerge a graduating senior in only four short years.

I don’t know how we got here so fast. I didn’t intend to speed through this parenting road trip. It feels as though the moment the gas light came on, elementary school was left in the dust. A quick glance in the rear view mirror and middle school has disappeared from sight.

But just because those middle school miles passed quickly, doesn’t mean the drive was easy. White-knuckling that tricky tween terrain taught us a few valuable secrets of middle school success. So listen up and listen good, because those miles stuck in the middle don’t have to suck — for either of you. [read more…]

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