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Preparing for Middle School.

Did you hear the organ play when you read that title. Dun dun dun duuuuun. Dun dun dun duuuuuuuun.

The real question is: IS there any way to really prepare for middle school? And I’m not talking about the kid- I’m talking about YOU, the parent!

Middle School is just a ridiculous, crazy, unorthodox time in life that most parents would be happy to fast forward through if the movie “Click” could become a real life possibility. Do you remember when YOU were in middle school and what that was like? Whew, put on a helmet and take a seat because I’m sure your head is spinning.

Bottom line folks, we all know that middle school is rough. The best way to prepare for middle school is START EARLY. Find a school that will be a good fit for your child. If she/he is quiet yet artistic, try out a school for the arts. If your child is a natural born athlete, let them go for the gold at a larger middle school that has a variety of options and a history of sports success. Taking you rising middle schooler to open house and letting them meet teachers can be a really effective way to make middle school seem less threatening. Finally, its time to shelve away those baby communication wires in hopes of some brand new ‘big kid’ upgrades. Learn how to talk to your child about real issues and things that may take place at school. Start now, so it won’t be too awkward later! No, really do it RIGHT NOW! Go ask them who they have a crush on at school or if they know what puberty really means. The earlier the better. Trust me.

If all else fails there is always homeschool?

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