- The amount of time you will spend talking about your child's bowel movements
- The way you will react the first time your child has a public meltdown
- The random things your child learns at school from their friends and then parrots back to you at home
The point is that you can't prepare for most of your life as a parent, especially when it comes to what's going to stress you out. I have this long-held belief that my son will turn into a complete stranger in his high school years, become a goth and hate me before finally coming around to appreciate me right before he leaves for college.
Now I've learned that this will probably happen in middle school instead. Blame the facts that children are dealing with more peer pressure or entering puberty earlier, but most mothers are reporting that their most stressed out time of life has become the middle school years.
How do parents survive the onslaught of moodiness, independence and pressure? They say that the common sense rules still apply: Communication, listening to your children and knowing when to let them do things on their own.
Do you have any advice for handling a middle schooler? Share your wisdom in the comments.