- Lend them part of our “decision making brain” meaning give choices, but only ones that are acceptable to you.
- Help keep sleep and meals as regular as possible. Just like a toddler needed a schedule, so does your middle schooler.
- Pick your battles. If your child does better with school in the afternoon and gets their work done, let them work in the afternoon.
- Allow for some self-expression.
- Give choices that are acceptable to you and allow your child to become more independent.
- Be there to listen when needed – without judging.
- Still set boundaries and “parent” when necessary.
- Make mistakes in front of your kids – and OWN THEM! Our kids need to know no one is perfect. Especially in Jr High, when they are trying so hard to be “grown up” and independent!
Growing and Changing Bodies
- Even if you use “second hand” clothes, find a way for your child to be able to pick some key pieces of clothing that are “just theirs.”
- Find ways for your child to express themselves through clothing in appropriate ways if this is important to them.
- Purchase clothes that fit comfortably (consider body type and sensory issues).
- Find a schedule that works for them – and work to stick with it!
- Find time to talk and connect – this can help with the stress they are experiencing.
- Teach about changing hygiene needs, and be sensitive to when their bodies change. Everyone changes on a different schedule.
- Look for “samples” to try out different hygiene products to find the one your child likes best. Different products work better for certain body types, and sensitivities can arise over time.
Amy Vickrey, MSE is a mother of a seven-year-old and almost three-year-old. Her homeschool journey began over 20 years ago when she saw how homeschooling enabled her sister who had memory issues and fell through the crack at school, to graduate and go to college. Amy knew then she wanted to implement what she saw – the love and individual attention – into her own teaching. She now homeschools her two boys and loves every minute of it! Having completed the second year of their homeschool journey, she is looking forward to many more to come!
Amy holds a Masters of Science in Education, Specializing in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University-San Marcos. Also, she spent 2 years of college studying Interpretation for the Deaf and Deaf Studies and knows American Sign Language. Her teaching certifications include Special Education, English as a Second Language and Generalist (early childhood through fourth). She is now part of the Struggling Learners Department of True North Homeschool Academy and loves the discovery approach to learning. Teaching children how to learn will help them reach their goals and dreams.
Amy Vickrey states, “My passion for learning and being a lifelong learner is something I want to pass on to the children I teach, as well as my own children. Making learning fun and engaging is an important part of this process. My goal is to lift others up to help them achieve their own goals and dreams.” Find out more about Amy and the classes she teaches here.