They think they are so big, and so they start testing the waters with things like swearing and inappropriate communication. Junior high is also the most likely place our kids will start learning about sex, drugs, and adult topics. It can feel like the subsequent loss of our innocent babies.
The 12-14 age is perhaps the most shocking phase of adolescence for both the parents and their child. This is when they, (statistically speaking), will hate you, themselves, their life, their friends and everything in between the very most. This is the time in our kids’ lives where they are trying to figure out who they are. It can be very disorienting for parents who are trying to keep up and make sense of it all.
If you are anything like me, Junior high can feel just as stressful for us as parents as it does for our kids. It’s rough. I’m here for you.