Friday, June 25, 2010

Got middle schoolers? It's time to step up your game!

If you have a child entering middle school this fall, whether they are schooled traditionally or if you homeschool, I encourage you to acknowledge this new phase of life. You may choose to do that with a physical benchmark, such as a special dinner, a weekend trip, or a keepsake gift. Or you may decide to sit down and offer your child some new freedoms (along with new responsibilities) that can serve to identify his growth. Whatever you do, step up your game and treat your child accordingly.

Brandon James, a former pastor to middle school students who now serves as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, notes, "I do see parents who treat their middle school students as though they are still in third or fourth grade, and it makes life very difficult for that student.” Middle school is a different world, no matter how you go about it. It requires you to acknowledge that your child is growing up.

One great way to do this is to take the summer to do a Bible study with your coming-of-age son or daughter. Wise Up! (for girls) and Dig Deep (for guys) are nine-week studies through the first nine chapters of Proverbs that offer parents a great way to connect with their kids, and they offer middle schoolers a great way to connect with the Lord. Take a look at these resources today!

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