I can hardly believe it, but my oldest child is starting middle school this fall. How has this happened? Now, my daughter is super excited, but I’m a little nervous – middle schoolers, as we all know, can be a tough crowd. Especially to those of us who were lucky enough to be sporting Coke bottle glasses, braces, and orthopedic shoes (thanks, Mom…)
The good news is that, while middle school is undoubtedly full of the same angst ridden pre-teens and bullies as it was 20 years ago, parents and teachers are much more aware of the social dynamic amongst the students. In fact, Fairfield County has mandated a great deal of anti-bullying initiatives within the public schools.
Like many other parents, I want to make sure that my child is neither being bullied, nor bullying anyone else. To that end, I’ve been looking into local Fairfield County classes, workshops, and programs that might provide some positive messaging and friendship navigation assistance to pre teens and teenagers. Here’s what I’ve found: