was the topic of last night's parent presentation.
I'm continually blown away by the energy and enthusiasm of parents making their way into the middle school years. The group last night came with questions, comments and concerns that drove our discussion forward.
The nutshell version of last night's presentation:
Thriving in Junior High (middle school) is connected to three foundational ideas:
Adolescents have their confidence challenged on a daily basis. Academic achievement, physical development and peers contribute to the development of your child's confidence over the next few years. Meeting each of these challenges requires a new set of tools.
Strategy #1 - Build a T.E.A.M. I defined Team as anyone who has the ability to
- Advocate for
your child now and in the future.
The parent group last night identified a list of potential team members including:
teachers, coaches, mentors, grandparents, older siblings and youth group leaders.
As children approach the teenage years their desire to listen and respond to parents begins to dwindle. Building a support network of people thoroughly invested in your child's progress can help to ensure their continued growth even when a parent's words go unheard.
The two remaining ideas, Connection and Challenge drew equally engaging discussion. In the interests of keeping this post succinct I will opt for posting additional strategies in later posts.
I advertised a 1-hour presentation but the group's energy kept us going to the 90-minute mark. If you were not able to attend I have two options:
- Santa Barbara locals can join me this coming Tuesday, February 26th from 7-8pm at Ellwood School
- Out of the area folks stay tuned for video and audio clips from the presentation.