Separation Anxiety in Middle School

How to help with separation anxiety in teens

Separation anxiety is common when students first start preschool and elementary school.  It's not that common in middle school...but let's just say it happens enough for me to write a blog post about it!! Every year I see more and more separation anxiety at the middle school level. Some parents say their child has always had separation anxiety and others say this is the first time they're seeing signs. It's not surprising that students suddenly develop anxiety in middle school considering they're developmentally moving from concrete thinking to abstract thinking.  There's lots of information available online regarding the connection between abstract thinking and anxiety...but that's not something we're going to dive into today.

Today we're going to discuss some solutions to help a student with separation anxiety. I'll provide a plan that includes the parents and school counselor working together to successfully get the child to school.

Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese

Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 package of bacon 
1 tsp garlic
1 (5oz) bag baby spinach
2-4 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Chocolate Pretzel Bites

Chocolate M&M Pretzels


I love these things!! They're better than chocolate covered pretzels in my opinion...and you don't make a huge mess making them!! The hardest part is unwrapping all of the hershey kisses...and not eating them while your unwrapping them...hahaha.

Transitioning to Middle School

Tips for Parents transitioning to middle school

Are you having issues sleeping at night because your 5th grader just came home with a letter about middle school?  Did you grab that bottle of wine after the 5th grade parent night because you're overwhelmed with the fact that your little baby is going to middle school?? Well I promise you're not alone...lots of wine was consumed after the 5th grade parent night!! Here are 7 things you can start doing for your 5th grader now to help make the middle school transition easier for them: