When your teen is starting middle school it can feel overwhelming. They are preparing to start a new school and a new phase of life, which comes with new classes, friends and hobbies. Your teen is probably nervous, excited, or a combination of both. 

We’re here with some good news. You already have everything you need to support your teen well through this transition. And, it’s actually a matter of taking small steps, not making big changes. 

When you do take small steps to connect with your teen, and continue to build a strong relationship, it benefits their long-term health

Check out these resources to understand what kids are going through from age 10-14. 

What Are They Experiencing at This Age?

When you understand the early teen years, it can help you better connect with the young people in your life.

How Do I Get Them to Talk?

Get our tips to start conversations with your middle-schooler.

Check out these ideas for questions you can ask.

Listening to Youth

Good conversations require good listening, too. Here are tips for how to listen well.

As you help your middle schooler with this transition, how does it go? Send us a note or DM us on Instagram to tell us about it! We are always looking for the stories of real parents and adults who are supporting teens.