Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16Friends are very important to middle school students, and now that they’re in a new environment, middle schoolers often have some apprehensions regarding the social scene. Here are some things you can do to help your child feel good about this very important aspect of middle school. Encourage after-school activities Extra-curricular activities are a great way for students to meet other students with similar interests. Being part of a team, club, or group also gives students a sense of belonging. Maintain family activities While being with friends is very important to middle schoolers, doing things with their parents and families provides them with a much needed sense of security. Spend one-on-one time with your child, plan family outings, and eat dinner as a family as often as possible. During dinner, turn off the TV, silence all phones, and talk about your day. Build self-esteem Students with a positive self image are less influenced by peer pressure and less affected by social concerns. Foster your child’s strengths through family activities, developing his/her interests and skills, church activities, volunteering, etc. Students who have a broad social network develop more self confidence and generally aren’t as sensitive to middle school drama. THE SOCIAL SCENE 14