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PostSubject: What Middle School boys need   Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:41 am

I know other parents read this forum, so I thought I would share this with them. As a mom of a middle school teenager, it's important to see that he is acting responsible for his age. For instance:

Doing chores without being told.
Taking good care of his things, and not losing or breaking them.
Treating his younger brother with a mature attitude.
Making good choices on t.v. computer, phone, shows, games, and use of his  iPod–without constant supervision.

But being responsible does not mean he is an adult, and he needs mom and dad now more than ever, here is what boys his age need, and what his father and I will give him.

1.  Love and support.  Tons of it.
2.  Supervision; with ever-so-gradual increasing freedoms.
3.  Help with friends!   Give them guidance and counsel.  My favorite quote:  “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”  Meet their friends, and get to know them as well.
4.  Self control.  Talk about it.  What does it look like?  How to apply it.
5.  Lots of communication.  Talk to him about growing up.  Puberty.  Choices.  Girls.  PEER PRESSURE!  Please get Dad in on this.  Talk to him and let him talk to you.
6.  Activity!!  Your Middle Schooler is all pent-up with energy, stress, and hormones.  Get him moving every single day and it will help tremendously.
7.  Laughter.  He may not have a fully matured sense of humor yet, but he is getting there.  Laugh with your son and enjoy him.
8.  Hugs and touch.  Mom AND Dad–he needs these from both of you.
9.  Healthy food.  A Middle Schooler is old enough to understand that his food choices will affect his health, his acne, and his moods.  Try hard to have healthy food at home, and help him make good choices when he is not home.
10.  Positive places to hang out.  Middle Schoolers begin to crave fitting in and hanging out somewhere besides just at home.  Find a good youth group, sports teams, or clubs.  Not just hanging out down the street, at the skate park or beach, but give them opportunities to connect with good people in good places.
11.  Tons of encouragement.  “You are growing into such an amazing young man!”  “Wow, look at your muscles!”  “I’m so proud of WHO you are becoming.”  “You are making really good choices!”  Etc etc etc.  Do not hold back on encouragement!

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PostSubject: Re: What Middle School boys need   Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:39 pm

Very Happy  cheers  Very Happy

Greatly Thoughtful Post, Rhiannon.....!

Hopefully, All Parents Are Supportive & Loving Of Their Children, Especially In These Uncertain Times.....!

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