By the time kids enter middle school, their march toward independence is well under way.
But let’s face it – it can be a confusing time for parents.
When a child spreads his wings, it can feel like he’s turning his back on you instead. But that’s not really the case. Your middle schooler needs you as much as he always has.
In some ways, more.
He just needs you in a different way than he did in his formative years.
That requires parents to strike a delicate balance with their middle school child. You have to relax your grip while never taking your hands off the wheel. If you back off too much, you’ll leave them drifting and flailing. But if you lean in too hard, you’ll push them away or embarrass them.
So how does a parent strike that balance? We discuss that important question in our two-day broadcast, “Helping Kids Thrive in the Middle School Years,” with our guest, author Cynthia Tobias. Listen to your local radio station, online or via our free, downloadable mobile phone app.