A Word from the School Counselors
As students enter middle school, we often see an increase in emotions. Stress may come from a variety of sources. One way that you can help your student cope with emotionality is to remain calm and listen to their concerns. That’s not to say you should let it go on for an extensive amount of time, but simply allow them time to express the emotions they are struggling with, so they can properly “vent”. You may want to calmly and firmly reassure your student. As difficult as it may be, try to withhold your own emotions in front of your student. Many times students will “feed off” the emotions of others (mirroring). Do not back off of your expectations for your student. Remind them in a clear and concise way what is expected and that you love them.
As counselors, we are here to help your student deal with the emotions that inevitably plague the typical middle school student…even on a “good day”. Our teachers are very observant and will often refer students for us to check on. However, no one knows your child better than you. If you have any concerns about your child, please feel free to contact us.
We are here to help!