May 22, 2013
As we near the end of the school year, some of our sixth graders are acting more and more like middle school students. You may have observed that your normally well-behaved student is starting to act out a little more at home and at school. These kids are heading to middle school next year and they may be anxious about that. Could this cause a change in behavior? You may be wondering what you can do.
When kids are anxious, they tend to act out with the people they feel the closest to--usually parents and teachers. Transitions are hard on all kids, and even harder on some. The move to middle school can be a scary time and your child may have a lot of worries: Will she still see her friends? Will he be able to do the work?
These fears are likely what's causing this misbehavior. Letting your child bring these fears out in the open will be a first step in dealing with them.
Here's how to help:
*Kris Amundson, The Parent Institute. Reprinted with permission from the May 2013 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2013 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.