29 Tips for parents - From students Weaskedourpanelofstudentswhatadvicetheywouldgivetotheparents of middle school students. Below are ten of their responses. 1. “Encourage your kids to get involved in sports, clubs, or something. They’ll like school a lot more.” Justin 2. “Don’t be overprotective, but do ask where your kids are go- ing, what they’ll be doing, and who they’ll be with.” Carlos 3. “Make sure that you know how your kids are doing in school, but don’t pressure them too much, and don’t nag.” Kate 4. “Understand that there’s a lot of pressure being put on us in school and that sometimes we make mistakes. Help your kids learn from their mistakes.” Sarah 5. “Middle school is a new experience. Give your children a chance to figure things out for themselves.” Kylie 6. “Allow your kids to go out and have fun with their friends, but tell them when to be home, and make them check in.” Anna 7. “Go to your child’s games or concerts or whatever. Sometimes we act like we don’t care if you go, but we do.” John 8. “Listen, ask questions, and let your children know that they can talk to you.” Jennifer 9. “These years are hard, so cut your kids some breaks. Don’t let them be disrespectful though.” Tyrone 10. “Be supportive and be patient.” Nick