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I really love this article because she focuses on the relationship with your middle-school boy and what HE needs during this time.

Read the article here:
What A Middle School Boy Needs Most from His Parents

This is my favorite excerpt from this article:

“And parents, here’s what I know: If there is ever a time your son needs your support, it is in their Middle School years.

Your Middle School son may be pulling away more now…He may be telling you that he’s really grown up now, and ready for all kinds of freedoms. He might tell you that his friends get to do this and that and play this and that, and you’re the a really lame parent if you don’t do the same.

I know, I know.

Because, many parents hit the middle school years and then step back. Maybe there is an awkwardness to this new season in their son’s life, or perhaps the parents just get busy or hit burnout (I get that,) but pulling away and giving kids too much freedom at this age is premature, and can be extremely dangerous.

Sure–you may have taught your kids basic values and morals in their younger years, but now is the time to help them apply it all. Middle School is an ideal time to mentor your son in how to practically work out the principles that he learned as a boy.

So even if it seems like the other parents are giving freedoms and privileges that you are not–I say to you, Mom and Dad: Don’t feel pressured to do the same.”

Then she goes on to give 11 great things he needs most from us.

She is a mom of 4 boys so her primary focus is on boys, but I see this being mostly applicable to girls too.

If you are a parent of middle-school-aged kids, what has been your experience? Are her tips helpful to you? Please share below in the comments.

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