Being a parent of a middle school boy is one of the hardest things to do. By far this has been the the most emotional year for me! This past school year was my son’s first year of middle school and I wasn’t sure if was ready to deal with the idea of having 7 separate classes, different teachers and all of the peer pressures of a new environment. He was going to have to deal with the responsibility of keeping organized, studying and communicating. And of course going through the hormonal changes of puberty.
I grew up in a house of nothing but girls with my father being the only male, so clearly I had no idea what boys go through. I had to learn and read a lot about the changes but even though you know what is happening, I feel that it didn’t prepare me from an emotional stand point. I see my little boy changing into a young man and growing up. My little boy is now as tall as me and I’m 5’7! I no longer have to get down to his eye level – we are clearly eye to eye nowadays!
Recently, I noticed that he and I were having conversations – much different than those I used to have with him. We are actually having full blown discussions. I’m really starting to see his personality and his sense of humor flourish. He is definitely growing up before my eyes and my emotional mom side cannot keep up.
This past year, he did such a great job in school; somewhat keeping organized and turning in his assignments on time. Communication is something that he and I learned for sure. As a parent I had to learn to pick my battles and let some things go. Letting go is the most difficult! This is still a process for me as I am still learning day to day.
All said, this past summer was the best ever with my boys and for me. I felt that Tyler and I were connected again and he was the little boy who still adores his mother. He is now going into 7th grade and I’m looking forward to a great year for us both. I’m hoping my middle school blues are soon gone!