Middle-school years call for patience, parental involvement

MANHATTAN, Kansas — A new school year can offer its share of challenges and opportunities, yet parents may not realize that, for many children, the middle school years may be the most troublesome, said Charles A. “Chuck” Smith, a Kansas State University Research and Extension child development specialist.

Middle school years are mentally and physically challenging and, for students and their parents, often filled with anxiety and uncertainty, he said.

Much is new, said Smith, who noted that middle school students often advance to a larger building that may be in unfamiliar surroundings. They’re also asked to mix with students from other schools, adjust to a new class schedule and a variety of teaching styles, all while growing and developing as young adults.

Middle school students typically want to fit in, but not call attention to themselves, he said.

Hormones are raging. Peer pressure is prevalent, and bullying, well, which is better? To be a victim — or a bystander, afraid to step in for fear of being the next victim? said Smith, who offered tips for parents of middle schoolers: Full story.


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