“Why don’t you just grow up? You’re thirteen. Act like it.” The words were out of my mouth before I could stop them.
“How can I act like it?” my daughter said in desperation. “I’ve never been thirteen before!”
I took a deep breath and sighed. My daughter was right. I was expecting a lot from my her. After all, she’d just turned thirteen, and thinking back I remember how challenging those middle school years were. They were hard. During middle school, there is a lot of change going on. In fact, one way to describe these years is change.
To truly love middle schoolers it helps to know a few things about them … and remember what they’re going through.