When your kid transitions from elementary to middle school, they aren't the only one facing major life changes. Your role as a parent is shifting, too, and figuring out these new responsibilities can be tricky. But you're not alone in this journey. In fact, the things middle school teachers want parents to know about the first day of school can guide you through this change.
Particularly if your own memories about middle school are less than positive, you might be feeling for your kid right now. For so many people, it's just a tough age. But fortunately for everyone — and I mean that with no hyperbole — there are many awesome people who devote their careers to teaching kids at this crucial stage of life. These are the middle school teachers, and they are your teammates for the next few years.
So here's some firsthand advice about the first day back to school from the teachers who have seen it all. To learn more, I also spoke with veteran middle school teacher (and generally awesome person) Mrs. Lancaster, who has helped hundreds of kids transition to a new school year. With this advice in hand, you and your kid can make the move to middle school as simple as possible.