Joseph's Catholic School, says: “There's a lot of drama—a lot of talking about people and stuff.
“I feel like I'm the only person who's helping them,” Devon says of a few classmates struggling with significant issues, including self-harm.
Parents can help their kids by encouraging them not to try to handle situations solo and reviewing the adults available to help, including school counselors and teachers.
While you're at it, reminding kids to bring home gym clothes to be washed is a good idea, too.
Several kids say classmates go months without doing so. Getting good grades is the most important thing in middle school,” says Max Schemmel, 12 and a seventh-grader at Brooks Middle School in Oak Park.
With more minor issues, however, kids often can handle it without intervention by adults.
“If it's not too big a deal, kids are good at working things out on their own,” says Cecilia Thyen, a 13-year-old who will be in eighth grade at Immaculate Conception-St. Despite the drama, the kids with whom we spoke went above and beyond to be good friends.“We are not allowed [to use phones in school], but a lot of people use their phones during school to text each other or play games, do it under the desk,” says Max.It seems sneaking texts is the new version of passing notes.My parents help me and I'm glad that they do,” says Max.They agreed, though, that parent help shouldn't be every night but rather when kids are really stuck.The issues ranged from papers everywhere (we're guessing that includes a few overdue homework assignments) to the ickier issue of food left inside too long.