Somehow my son graduated 5th grade last month.
He is an official middle schooler and will head off to Jr High in the fall.
I honestly never thought I would see the day where I would be the parent of functioning humans called middle schoolers.
My child is nowhere near ready for the huge transition that awaits him in the fall. No amount of field trips to visit the school and orientations can prepare him until he experiences it first hand.
I have 10 reasons why my son will hate middle school:
- Locker combos. I don’t care how many times time the 5th grade class held locker combo contests. All I know is, my kid never won.
- Speaking of lockers….bottom lockers. They suck and all the 6th graders get stuck with them.
- 8th grade boys. You know the ones that are taller than their teachers and sport signs of leg hair and mustaches? Yeah those.
- Older siblings. Specifically an 8th grade sister who will also be in attendance.
- The cafeteria. The place reminds me of a scene from The Hunger Games, however in this case there is no Katniss Everdeen to save the day.
- The school bus. No more leisurely strolls up to the elementary schools while walking the dog. Now we have the breeding ground for various germs housed within a yellow box on wheels, at our disposal.
- Music class. No explanation needed.
- Locker rooms. Oh joy.
- The homework. Let’s just say my son will no longer have time to play video games which most likely will result in a mutiny.
Don’t get me wrong, there will be a lot of positives for my son. He will have the opportunity to continue friendships and make new ones. He will begin to realize higher grades require more responsibility. He will take Spanish, web site design and (unfortunately) beginning trumpet.
But sadly, there is only one thing my son is looking forward to in Jr. High.
The free WiFi in ‘study hall’.
I think we have a tough road ahead of us.
About Jessica: Jessica is a wannabe urban homesteader, living in Portland with her blended family of 4 kids, 3 rescue dogs and 4 chickens named after Starbucks drinks. Described by colleagues as a “Feminist Jedi Master”, Jessica was a former pharmacy student but decided she preferred baking instead of drugs so went to pastry school. In addition to writing for BLUNTmoms, Scary Mommy and The Epistolarians, Jessica can be found spreading ‘peace and ‘wisdom’ over at her blog, The Dalai Mama, at www.travelingmercies-jessica.blogspot.com
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