It is important not to miss the struggles your middle schooler faces each day. She is beginning to function without immediate and constant parental supervision. New and sometimes dangerous influences enter his life. This is the scary part for parents. It is no secret that sex, drugs, pornography, bullying and even gambling have made inroads into middle schools. So what can you do to shepherd your middle school children without giving them a lie detector test each afternoon and attaching a body cam and GPS to them? Here is one answer:
Become an epic listener!
Here are some practical ways to become an epic listener:
Fall in love with Proverbs 18:13, 15.
Listen for what is not said, in addition to what is said.
Realize that when you are in talk mode, listening skills are severely limited.
Anticipate the challenges your children face each day. Know their test schedules, what their friendships are like, what their personal fears and struggles are like. By doing this, you may not have to ask "is anything wrong" quite so much.