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Hints from the Guidance Office
Focus on Responsibility
Olivia agrees to help a neighbor who has a new baby, but when a friend invites her to go bowling, she wants to get out of the job.
This is a good time to teach your middle schooler about the importance of being responsible. She’ll learn that responsibility has its rewards – here are three.
Help your child discover how it feels to be responsible. For example, when she studied for a test and did well, she probably felt proud. But when she lost a friend’s book, she may have felt ashamed. Remind her of those feelings the next time she’s struggling to make a decision.
The chance to earn more independence can encourage your youngster to act responsibly. Tell her that going to bed on time, for instance, shows you can depend on her. That means you’re more apt to say yes when she asks to stay later than usual at a friend’s house.
Be sure to notice your child’s responsible behavior, and she’ll be more likely to repeat it. If she takes out the trash without being asked or starts setting the table when you begin cooking dinner, let her know that you appreciate her efforts.
Adapted from “Middle Years.”
For more information, please feel free to contact the guidance office at 978-368-3309. Judy Karlin