37 min

418: The Summer Before: Preparing Your Child for Middle and High School Wire Talk with Karen Stubbs

    • Parenting

As your kids transition to a new season in their school journey, summer presents a unique opportunity to support and celebrate them. In this episode, we discuss the developmental changes happening at this stage and the importance of letting your middle schooler discover their identity. We also tackle preparing your daughter for dealing with mean girls and how your child evolves during high school years. Plus, we explore the benefits of summer jobs, ways to connect with your son, and setting reasonable expectations for this new season. Tune in for practical tips and encouragement as you navigate this pivotal summer with your child!
Episode Recap:
3:25 - What is changing developmentally as our kids move on from elementary years?
7:14 - Let your middle schooler start to figure out who they are and find their path
13:47 - How do I prepare my daughter for dealing with mean girls? 
20:43 - How are our kids changing as they move into the high school years? 
25:10 - Is having a summer job important? 
28:43 - How can I connect with my son this summer?
31:49 - How do I set reasonable expectations for my child in this new season?
Questions for Discussion:
After hearing about the developmental changes our kids go through as they move from elementary to middle and high school, what new insights did you gain about your child’s behavior or needs?What strategies have you used (or do you plan to use) to help your middle schooler begin to figure out who they are and find their path?What are your thoughts on encouraging your child to get a summer job? Do you think it’s important, and why?How do you plan to set reasonable expectations for your child in this new season of middle or high school?What challenges do you foresee in setting these expectations, and how do you plan to address them?
Resources:
Moments with God for Teenage Girls: https://store.birdsonawiremoms.com/collections/accessories/products/preorder-teen-devotionalWant to bring Karen to speak in your community? Reach out: https://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms

As your kids transition to a new season in their school journey, summer presents a unique opportunity to support and celebrate them. In this episode, we discuss the developmental changes happening at this stage and the importance of letting your middle schooler discover their identity. We also tackle preparing your daughter for dealing with mean girls and how your child evolves during high school years. Plus, we explore the benefits of summer jobs, ways to connect with your son, and setting reasonable expectations for this new season. Tune in for practical tips and encouragement as you navigate this pivotal summer with your child!
Episode Recap:
3:25 - What is changing developmentally as our kids move on from elementary years?
7:14 - Let your middle schooler start to figure out who they are and find their path
13:47 - How do I prepare my daughter for dealing with mean girls? 
20:43 - How are our kids changing as they move into the high school years? 
25:10 - Is having a summer job important? 
28:43 - How can I connect with my son this summer?
31:49 - How do I set reasonable expectations for my child in this new season?
Questions for Discussion:
After hearing about the developmental changes our kids go through as they move from elementary to middle and high school, what new insights did you gain about your child’s behavior or needs?What strategies have you used (or do you plan to use) to help your middle schooler begin to figure out who they are and find their path?What are your thoughts on encouraging your child to get a summer job? Do you think it’s important, and why?How do you plan to set reasonable expectations for your child in this new season of middle or high school?What challenges do you foresee in setting these expectations, and how do you plan to address them?
Resources:
Moments with God for Teenage Girls: https://store.birdsonawiremoms.com/collections/accessories/products/preorder-teen-devotionalWant to bring Karen to speak in your community? Reach out: https://www.birdsonwiremoms.com/invite Connect with Birds on a Wire Moms on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdsonawiremoms  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdsonawiremoms

37 min