Let the kids speak for themselves

Encourage your children to talk to their teachers. Image Credit: Pexels

Practicing this in the early grades will ease your child’s (and your) transition into middle school. “Middle school is a good time for kids to take more responsibility for their learning, both socially and academically,” says Casey Robinson, principal of H-B Woodlawn secondary school in Arlington, Virginia. “Parents need to be involved, but more in terms of knowing what’s going on with their children and helping them problem solve as opposed to being the primary problem solver.” Think of it as stepping into the role of coach or consultant, Robinson says: Offer support and advice, but let your kids be the ones to manage their own academic experience.

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