I am a middle school teacher--I have 100 8th graders who I have the priviledge of knowing and nurturing for 10 months a year. I am not a parent, so I cannot possibly understand what it is to have them around 24/7. However, continue doing what you're doing. My 8th graders are in such a tough spot--socially they are blossoming; physically, they may be blossooming--to their pleasure or their horror. They want to be the big kids, but still love to be nurtured. I love reading to my 8th graders, celebrating their birthdays and the highlights of their year. I truly become attached to every class I have and am so proud when they come back "just to say hi." Who knows . . .your child may discover the cure for a dreadful disease. Your child may work to bring about world peace. Your child may become a loving, respectful steward of our earth. Be patient and love them. Tell them everyday and don't be afraid to parent them. They need consistent rules and consistent love. Thanks again for all that you do as parents. We couldn't do it without you.
Thank you so much for posting this. I have found these "middle school " years to be some of the most challenging in parenting.
It is hard to remember some time, that these young adults, who are often taller than you, and are acting so "cool" and grown up, still need nurturing and hugging etc.
I think it is wonderful that you read to them and remember their birthdays!!
Thank you hippymama2B - I'm really enjoying my ds middle school years. He's in grade 7, new school, new town for us, but the teachers and staff have made me feel so incredibly welcome. It will benefit the kids knowing they have a team behind them. Thanks for doing YOUR good job. It is significant when kids come back to say hello. I'm loving my ds 12 and dd 15. They are truly interesting becoming-adults.