What a difficult time junior high school can be. New friends, new school, new hurdles. Many kids breeze right on through, enjoying the school dances, the more challenging classes, and the opportunity to act a bit older. For some, the prospect of all this can be a bit too much to handle. Your junior high-er may withdraw or act out before starting. Take pause and think about what it must be like to go through this big life transition for the first time. Observe how your child behaves. Give them the opportunity to express any concern or trepidation. Be open and available to them. Junior high is quite a change from elementary school, but soon it too will just be another day at school.
A healthier, happier you.