The transition from middle school to high school is a big one — and it comes at an already rough time in a teen’s development.
You can’t go to school with your child, but you can help them prepare for the transition and do everything you can to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.
High school brings a greater sense of independence and responsibility than middle school. It’s the last step before a child leaves the nest to go to college, and it’s important that students learn how to manage their time and keep track of deadlines.
Take a proactive role in helping your child create a system for managing these things, then check in with them regularly to help make sure they’re sticking to it.
Getting involved in school activities will help make the transition to high school much easier. Before the school year starts, spend some time on the school’s website checking out clubs and activities that might be a good fit for your child. You could point out how getting involved could help them build new skills, develop friendships, work on overcoming certain fears, and take part in other benefits they may not even be aware of yet.
Create a Strong Bond
Perhaps the best thing you can do to help your child through many of life’s transitions is to establish a strong and healthy relationship with them. With so many unexpected challenges and social pressures your child may face as they grow, he or she will most likely need people they feel safe to talk to when the time comes. If you and your child have a relationship founded on trust and good communication, your child will know that he or she can come to you when stressed, feeling overwhelmed, or trying to heal from heartaches.
Make an effort to get to know your child, including some of his or her strengths, weaknesses, fears, and goals, so that you may be better equipped to encourage and guide them through their next transition.