RVA Parenting: Helping your children transition to middle school

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Summer is winding down, and that school year is on the horizon. If you have a child starting middle school, that can feel like a big transition. Luckily, we have an expert who is here to help with some big tips.

Kate Cassada is an assistant professor of education at the University of Richmond, and a former middle school principal! She says to be patient and listen. Middle school can be scary for the kids and the parents.

It's important that your child knows he or she can count on you - show your love.

Communicate with teachers. Cassada says students need to be able to move around to the different expectations and really thrive in the expectations of multiple teacher personalities. It will be important for the children to adjust to that. Setting expectations and routines early can help with that transition.

Finally, stay involved.

"Parents would say, 'My child is grown now. I'm going to back off a little bit.' And we would beg parents, please don't back off. Your child is 11, maybe 12. Not grown," said Cassada. "Please don't assume that they know what to do and how to handle middle school."

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