Ya’ll! I am a mom TO A SIXTH GRADER! Yikes!
I don’t know what higher power thought it was good to grant me that much responsibility, but folks, here we are!
Needless to say I am freaking out a little. Just kidding. A lot. Having a child in middle school comes in a whole different wealth of responsibilities that I am sure I will be blogging about, but the embarking of the journey in itself can be overwhelming all around. With all the horror stories you hear about middle school, sending your child off to middle school can be scary.. But we have to do it, its a right of passage, a necessary one.
However, as moms the best that we can do besides making sure that we buy all the items on the school supply list, making sure the book report for summer reading is complete, ensuring they have the latest and greatest gadgets and gear and making sure they get the rest and nutrition they need to be successful – is talk to our kids and set expectations. Though a lot easier said than done, I have had a positive feedback from being communicative with my son by discussing expectations under several different situations.
Within the conversations I’ve had with my eleven year olds about expectations I’ve come to understand that discussing expectations with our kids is just as important as it is in the customer service industry. It’s preparation for success because our kids don’t know what to expect in such a new adventure of their lives and discussing with them what to expect can help calm them a bit.
So, y’all, don’t overlook this. Take the time to talk to your child and set expectations for what they may encounter in the years to come and ensure them that not only are they not the first, they won’t be the last and that you’ll be there for them every step of the way!
What’s your back to school advice?! Do share below!