I will soon be facing MANY changes in my little family. In exactly one week, both of my girls will officially be middle schoolers. Our school district decided to move 6th graders into JR. High this year, so now – both of my kids will be thrown to the wolves – I mean to middle school! I don’t even get to have a practice run with my oldest child!
I don’t know about you, but Jr. High was awful! Girls can be so mean to each other and for some reason – middle school brings out the worst in everyone. Bodies are changing and awkward, hormones start to kick in, and kids begin to grow up WAY to fast for their underdeveloped brains.
I have done everything I can to prepare my girls for this new situation. I bought a pad lock – so they could practice getting one opened (still remember having bad dreams about not being able to open my locker), I have given them several talks about friends and…boys (ugh), and we have role played awkward lunch room and gym situations. Even with all of this “preparation”, I still feel nervous. Yep, me.
Regardless of all these things, I know that I can’t completely protect them – nor prepare them for what Jr. High will really be like. I know that once a child leaves elementary, their young childhood days are pretty much behind them. I remember my middle school years and even though it was forever ago – I am pretty sure it’s about the same. I remember kids talking about sex, parties, booze, and drugs. yes, I remember it all. And even though I stayed clear from this stuff – some kids didn’t. And, because I didn’t have a great Jr. High experience, I find myself fearful for my girls. I had an amazing high school experience, but Jr. High – not so much.
As the summer comes to a close, I have to realize that my girls’ elementary years are also coming to a close and I don’t like it. I am struggling with it. I really like being a mom and I really like my kids. I like that they are still just young kids…and I hate that Jr. High might change that.
Through all of this, Christ has reminded me of Isaiah 41:10 – “fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I know that the Lord does not want me to give into worry and fear. I am comforted in knowing that he cares about my girls, more than I do – and he has a plan and a purpose for their lives.
So, for now I will trust in him while we try to maneuver all things preteen – such as lip gloss, having name brand shoes, and worries about friends and boys. And though I am sad that my girls are beginning to leave their childhood behind – I wouldn’t miss any of this for the world.