8 Important Conversation Topics
For parents of middle school teens & tweens
The first day of school for any child is a day of excitement, nervousness, and above all, a day of transition. As children grow and develop, they go through several major transitional phases. The first major transition is the entry into pre-school/kindergarten. This phase is the beginning of a structured day with rules, limits, and expectations set by someone other than a parent. It’s the beginning of major peer socialization and learning. The second major transition, and the biggest of all is the transition from elementary to middle school. During their adolescent years, children undergo a major body transformation through puberty, an attitude transition as adolescents start to develop autonomy and independence, and, often most difficult for parents, the reliance on peers over parents for companionship and guidance.
The middle school developmental years are some of the most important years of a child’s life. These are the years that adolescents need the most guidance and direction as they start to form their beliefs, independence, self-image, and self-worth. The topics listed below are the 8 most crucial conversations parents need to have with their adolescent during these important developmental years.
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