How can we best prepare our 8th grader for high school?
The best thing you can do is inform them of what they are about to face. Talking about issues like peer pressure and just added pressure in general are very important. In high school you no longer get grades that are so heavily weighted on effort but actual success. Fitting in is hard and can drive some kids to breakdowns if they don’t know what to look for in a “good friend.” High school is confusing and emotional, so keep your kids informed and just let them know you are there. All kids want is to be accepted in high school, so at home, if they are always welcomed, it can be a big help. Allowing your kids to be open with you and trust you also makes a big difference. Let them know that you provide a certain safety – not necessarily “free from judgment,” but an open forum to discuss issues, a place where you’re always there to talk.
Questions are answered by Episcopal High School students.