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 16Expect friendship shifts In middle school, friendships often shift and change—a best friend in elementary school may now have new interests and be making new friends. Encourage your child to keep his/her “old friends,”and to work on making new ones. Discuss bullying Bullying can sometimes be a problem in middle school. If your child is concerned about bullying, encourage him/her to stand tall, walk confidently, and use body language that shows self-confidence. (Bullies tend to target students who are passive or quiet.) If your child ever mentions anything about being harassed or bullied in school or online, find out exactly what has happened, and talk about how to best deal with the situation. You may also want to discuss what’s happened with the school counselor or principal. Promote independence If your middle schooler has a question or problem, try to help your child figure out how to take care of it on his/her own. Being able to get their questions answered and their problems resolved helps students gain confidence and it gives them a sense of empowerment. You want your child to become more independent and self sufficient; however, it’s important for your middle schooler to know that you are always available if he/she ever needs your help. MonitorEarlyGrades MonitorEarlyGrades Middle school students are going through a lot of changes. More than anything, your child needs patience, support, and lots of hugs. Final Thoughts 15