“Welcome to Middle School.” I have dreaded those words all year. It is coming and I know it, but I really am not thrilled with the thought of my child going off to middle school. I guess I forgot that having a baby would eventually mean I have a middle school-er.
I recently attended the orientation in Branford with other fourth-grade parents. The parents I haven’t seen since pre-school days are now looking at this new setting and wondering, "Where did the small tables and chairs go?"
What is it about middle school that is so uncomfortable for everyone?
Is it the fact that in Branford, fifth graders are on the bus with and in the same school as eighth graders? Is it the fact that our children are physically changing and reaching puberty?
For me, it is also the fact that I am finally going to have to be on Facebook so I know what is happening in my child’s life. (I’m assuming most kids are on Facebook in middle school.) Does my son really need a phone in middle school? He tells me he needs an iPhone. Oh really?
Will I survive the next four long years? These years bring big changes. What do I and other fourth grade parents need to know from seasoned middle school parents in order to make it out with great success?