12 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before My Kid Went to Middle School

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Whether your child is entering middle school or junior high this year, chances are they’re a little nervous. After all, middle school is the big(ger) leagues, with a larger student body, unfamiliar campus, new teachers and staff, and yes … locker rooms.

As a parent, you’re stressed, too. Your kid is growing up and it’s weird on your heart.

But that’s not all.

There’s also a lot of chatter among parents about this scary new transition. You keep hearing that middle school determines the type of crowd your kid will fall into (clearly not much has changed since we were kids). Then there’s that kid a grade ahead (you know the one) who did that bad thing all the kids won’t stop talking about — what if that’s your kid next year? And wait, didn’t you read somewhere that middle school performance determines high school placement, which can ultimately influence college acceptance?!

Before you cue the panic button, allow me — a fellow mom who worried her entire way through middle school — to offer these 12 things I only wish someone (anyone) would have told me:

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