The Best Time to Help Your Child Prepare for Middle School Years
The answer is simple.
The best time to help prepare your child for those difficult and awkward teenage years in when they are young. Before they become teenagers, it is important for you to help them develop the skill sets necessary to deal with the challenges of being a teen.
As a parent, you understand the challenges ever teenager faces. The body is changing, the voice is changing, the hormones are raging, and the brain isn’t quite yet developed. That is why it is important to provide them with the tools as a child to be better equip to handle those difficult years.
Right there is the awkward phase: where their bodies feel out of control and are easily embarrassed, or feel very insecure at their rate of development compared to their peers.
Then there is the changing of friendship: yes, middle school is the time when bullying others escalates and it continues well into the high school years. It easier to put someone else down in order to give themselves the sense of power. Since the brain is still developing, middle school age children don’t fully understand the damage they are causing to others.
You also have the need to become independent while still truly being dependent. Children this age want independence; however they still crave the security and support parents offer. Some of these children are in adult size bodies and many expect their brains and level of thinking should match it.
Martial arts is a great activity children can participate in and it will help prepare them to meet all of the challenges they will face as middle school students. Give them the tools before they need it. This way they will have ample time to practice and be more confident in applying the tools.
If you would like more information about Quest Martial Arts Program serving Barrington, Madbuy, Lee, Northwood, Nottingham, Durham, Dover, Strafford, Rochester, or surrouding areas, don’t hesitate to call us at (603) 664-2332.