Middle school,Parenting,Child,Adolescence

Does parenting change when kids reach middle school?

January 7, 2017

For some parents, the middle school years are a blast, while for others, they mark a time of painful transition. (Photo: Nataliia Budianska/Shutterstock) Last week, NPR published a story that immediately caught my attention. The story, written by Juli Fraga, claimed that parenting children during their middle school years was harder than at any other stage of their childhood. As the mom of middle schooler and high school freshman, I was intrigued — and a little confused. If anything, I feel like I've reached the peak days of parenting. My girls are old enough to do things for themselves yet young enough that they still like to hang out with me. Sure, I still embarrass them with my very presence from time to time, but for the most part we enjoy each other's company and discover new shared interests every day. The tantrums of their toddler years are gone, and the mood swings of their later teen years have not yet hit. So if I'm enjoying this particular era, why are so many other parents finding this stretch of parenting so hard? I posed that question to a panel of experts (i.e. my Facebook friends) and the general consensus was that (not surprisingly,) this issue varies from kid to kid and from parent to parent. Other parents share their views My friend Andi has three children, the youngest of whom is a middle schooler, so she's been through this stage with both a girl and a boy. She thinks the transition that occurs during the middle school years as a positive one for both moms and kids. "I see it as a time for them to start being more independent, learn how to keep themselves organized and balance school work...

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