As moms, we know our children grow and develop at all different rates. Just like when they were tiny babes, it’s easy to compare our ‘tweens’ and ‘teens’ to others when it comes to maturity and skills. When they are in that limbo between childhood and adulthood we often nit-pick their quirky awkwardness, set our expectations too high or too low. It’s important we give them (and ourselves) space and time to transition.
The Middle School Years are the transition years. Our kids in grades 6 through 8 are all over the place when it comes to physical growth, emotional needs, maturity levels and academic progress. Rather than beating ourselves up because our child is behind in this or that subject or popping our buttons with pride because they are way beyond their peers when it comes to mature behavior, let’s sit back and evaluate.
This is the perfect time to build on strengths and address weaknesses, but be selective. You still have time to help them catch up on subjects they have struggled with. There is still plenty of time before the high school years for them to make up ground.
I’m sharing more on this topic over at Year Round Homeschooling today. I hope you’ll hop over and join us for Misty’s series on Homeschooling Middle School Students.