He explained it this way, “Think about what time is okay for a high school senior to come in a night.Realize that every year you will want to move their curfew back a little bit in acknowledgment of their growing maturity and freedom. If you start ninth grade at midnight, you will soon find yourself in trouble.” Couldn’t have said it better.
For Freshmen, and to a lesser extent sophomores, this is not always a great thing.
Sure, older students have much to teach younger students about leadership and excelling at extracurricular activities, but it doesn’t end there.
It seems almost inconceivable that we could have a child this old, as our own high school days seem not so far removed.
Looking at your new high school child, who by now may be looking at you eye-to-eye, it is hard not to feel as though time has begun to accelerate and the road to the empty nest become clear.1) It’s even more important than before to stay connected to other mothers (parents).
This is a year to discover interest you never knew you had or that an activity undertaken since childhood is better left behind.
Ninth grade is the time and chance for new friendships to grow.Dear Mom of High School Freshman, It is hard not to feel, in those weeks leading up to the first day of freshman year, that you and your child have finally hit the big leagues. High school is, in many ways, a break with everything that has gone before. High school takes four years because that is the minimum it takes for both kids and parents to transition from the final days of childhood to the first moments of adulthood. Put this off for as long as possible, reminding yourself and your kid that high school should be about high school. Getting good grades and acclimatizing to the rigors of high school. Some kids stumble with their time management as they enter high school and find themselves up late, sleeping inadequately and getting on a vicious cycle.Suddenly your child, and let’s be honest he may look like a young adult but is still very much a child, is in a world where sex, drugs, alcohol, along with high academic demands, competitive sports, and college are all part of the vernacular. Parents can help with this, establishing routines, limits on social media and strict bedtime.For most school districts, ninth grade provides an opportunity for teenagers to expand and/or completely change their social group.As multiple middle schools feed into one high school, it can be immensely liberating for 8th grade students who crave different peer groups.Every family has its own mores and values and every ninth grader should know them.