Did you know that being a good thinker can help your middle grader do better in school, make good decisions, and deal with life's challenges? If he/she knows how to evaluate information and think creatively, he/she will be better able to apply what he/she learns and handle everyday problems.
The middle years are full of challenges. As children become teens, they display new attitudes and reactions that appear to come out of nowhere. While it may seem like your middle grader is misbehaving, these qualities are actually a normal part of growing up.
Here are some typical middle grader behaviors and suggestions for ways to handle them.
Being respectful helps your middle grader get along with family members, teachers and peers. This important habit can lead to success in school and in the future. Encourage her/him to treat others well, use good manners and follow rules.
This article focuses on discipline, providing strategies for parents that will help transition from being a "little kid" to being a teenager. There are also suggestions on helping your child build self-esteem.