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What are some of the challenges your middle-schooler has faced this year?


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tjlove September 19, 2008


What are some of the challenges your middle-schooler has faced this year and how have you worked through them?


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MSMomm September 19, 2008


My son started 7th grade at a new middle school. He now has to take the school bus every morning (that experience posted elsewhere) and has to get up at 5:30-5:45 to get ready in the morning.

This past week has been okay, but we've had some bumps in the road. He broke the zipper on his backpack out of frustration (luckily, we had another backpack to take the place of the now broken one) and he lost both sets of gym clothes (he said some other kid took them out of his locker; I'm still not sure about that one).

However, on the flip side, he's adjusted amazingly well to his new school, and he's enthusiatic about going each day. He's just recently signed up for two after school clubs. These clubs are supervised by teachers. Also, both the parents and teachers are really involved in the students' education.

He's also involved in the after-school program, where he's playing flag football, and he's really into it. (Thank goodness for Saturday college football and Sunday, Monday, and Thursday pro-football!! LOL!!!)

He'll have great days, good days, and not-so-good days, and we'll all do what we can to be supportive and get through it.

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swimmom September 19, 2008


My son also started 7th grade (middle school) this year. He attends a private school that has K-12 so he is pretty much with the same kids. However, the middle/high school is in a different building than the elementary school.

One of the challenges we have faced so far this year is the increased number of classes and homework. He has 8 classes and is on an outside swim team. Practice is 3x per week. Trying to get his homework done after school before practice has been a challenge. Practice is from 6-8:30 pm. He really likes being on the swim team but I can see it has been somewhat stressful for him to try to get it all done and study for tests. I guess it is also stressful for me too.

This is his second year on the team and I don't know how other parents can coordinate lots of afterschool activities, get all the homework done and try to have the child get enough rest to be effective at school (keeping their grades up). Anyone want to share some secrets to getting it all done!

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CLWinfrey September 23, 2008


My son is in the 8th grade this year. Our biggest challenge is making sure that he reaches high honors this year. He wants to attend a really good and expensive boarding school and we can not afford to send him so our hopes is that his grades will be good enough to the point that the school will offer a scholarship.

Trying to study and keep up with the after school sports and other activities are showing to be a small challenge. Let's hope he keeps up the good work.

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BETTYBOOP30 October 2, 2008


My daughter biggest challenge was she started a whole new school and plus it was a public school a whole new system and changing class rooms, at her old school she attended was a christian based school and they stayed in 1 classroom same teacher for 5 years and . but she has adjusted really well and her twin cousins are there too {same grade } we are very proud of her!

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debrasuefitzge October 10, 2008


some of the challanges my 12 year old has faced is a new school, harder work and alot of bullys and name calling cause she is new at this school. sometimes she comes home crying because its so hard to adjust. what can i do to help with this situation.

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Cazzwom October 14, 2008


My son just started mid. school and we have found that some of the teachers redicule the students out loud in front of the other students. I think kindness goes a long way. When the teachers are showing disrespect to students, that causes teasing outside of class.

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outraged October 15, 2008


Bullying and being teased at school unmercifully by students. The school thinks that all schools have bullies. the school allows this to continue nothing happens to the kids bullying others. The child that is in special classes gets teases and talked terribly to aggravating these kids and nothing is done about it at the school. The child with learning difficulties has to put up with it because teachers turn a blind eye it. the p

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debrasuefitzge October 16, 2008


being bullied everyday because of her height.and some of her teachers are just horriable,she told me a teacher called this boy fatty when she ask him to come to the board. i reported it but they do nothing about it.

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tjlove October 16, 2008


If I remember correctly, middle school was the worst as far as bullying goes. It went far beyond kids being left out from play groups and became much more personal and hurtful. On top of that middle school is just an awkward time for kids, puberty starts to kick in, they're becoming teenagers, school becomes more challenging.

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4boysnme November 18, 2008


My son switched from a very nurturing 220 student school to a 2200 student school. I feel like he really didn't get the chance to transition from 6th grade to 7th grade properly. He has a tremendous amount of work and i am just hoping he is mature enough to handle it all.



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