Coming into high school as a ninth grader is tough, there’s no denying that. Some people can make the transition from middle school to high school smoother than others. Of course when a child goes off to high school for the first time the parents worry. Will they fall in with the wrong crowd? Will they be picked on? Will they be able to keep up with the school work? Let’s face it high school isn’t only a learning experience for new coming students but for the first time parents as well. In this sense parents can learn lessons for life as their child enters high school too. For example when your child brings home a new friend that they met at high school and they seem ‘a bit shady’ what are you going to do? Tell them that they can’t be friends with them or start snooping around in their business. Like I said before the transition into high school is tough. As a first timer you don’t know where to turn or who to be friends with, but i have to admit I think that high school is a lot harder with a parent who doesn’t trust you.
In high school you learn not only in the classroom, but in the hallways, eating lunch or even after school on the bus stop; in one day so much happens in the hallways in any high school. When your kid comes home and is asked “How was your day?” and their response is ‘fine’ or ‘good’ it only makes parents wonder. Then later when you may overhear a phone conversation which is cut off as soon as they come near they get a little anxious. Why didn’t they want me to hear that? ‘He used to tell me everything. It must be that kid they brought home the other day’. This is just plain worrying. Just stop and think that maybe this phone call was to that certain girl or guy that they like and just didn’t want you to hear about it.
Don’t get me wrong here either, I’m not saying that all students going into high school are perfect little angels and that all is well and all parents over exaggerate. I’m simply saying think twice and speak once. If you’re a parent then you’ve been to high school before and I’m sure you’ve had trouble with your parents. How many times have their accusations been right? So the point is when your kids are getting ready to go to high school your first thought shouldn’t be ‘Are they going to join a gang?’ but just hope that they get as much out of it as possible, the pros and cons. In high school your child learns life lessons; you can’t change that. It’s not like when they were younger, you can just call the school and arrange a meeting with another student’s parents. The parents are a big part of a student’s high school education, but as a high school student I think that not only discipline is important but TRUST. Let your kids learn life lessons.