Middle School and the Age of Adjustment: A Guide for Parents

Middle School and the Age of Adjustment: A Guide for Parents

Middle School and the Age of Adjustment: A Guide for Parents

Middle School and the Age of Adjustment: A Guide for Parents

Synopsis

The problems that can occur in middle school are detailed in this book from the inside view of the school counselor. Parents are given advice and practical suggestions that they can use to help their children, and the text contains forms that can be used in school and a list of resources.

Excerpt

Sex. Drugs. Puberty. Algebra. These are just a few of the problems that parents have to worry about when their eleven-year-old walks through the doors of middle school. the eleven-year-old, meanwhile, has to be brave in a scary new world filled with constant change that creates self-doubt and emotional turmoil. the child has just come from fifth grade, king or queen of the hill, in a warm, sheltered environment. Now, in middle school, these new sixth graders are peewees on a school bus, sitting with teenage boys who may be shaving already and girls with well-developed bodies. the teenagers tell the sixth graders where to sit, and there is no choice because the older children are bigger and stronger.

I am a middle school counselor, and I have been helping these children make their way through this difficult emotional minefield. I have written this book for parents to describe this rapidly changing time and give advice to help in their child's adjustment. As a counselor and teacher for nearly thirty years, I have watched class after class of middle schoolers experience this very difficult period in their lives. Changes in our society have deeply affected these young adolescent boys and girls.

School buildings and their occupants have changed dramatically over the last half-century. in the 1940s and '50s, elementary schools were comprised of grades K-8, and children walked home for lunch. As the population grew in the country, junior highs for grades 7-9 were developed because elementary schools began to bulge at the seams. But a problem developed in the new junior highs: ninth graders did not take their grades seriously because they were still in junior high. This lack of ac-

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