Middle school can be quite a change from elementary school, and for some students, these years are speckled with school trouble spots -- from bullying, to homework challenges, to social problems with friends, and frenemies. You can help your child deal with school trouble, and maybe even prevent certain problems from popping up. The key is to know what to look for, and to help your child deal with the problem quickly and efficiently. Below are school trouble issues that your child may face in the middle school years. Go over them together, and then role-play how your child should handle the situations. As children become more aware of their social standing, and envious of their friends or others around them, bullying and cyberbullying tend to escalate and peak during the middle school years. Girls and boys can be vulnerable to bullies, and clever bullies know how to torment without getting caught. Your tween needs to know how to spot a bully, and how to react should a bully attempt to make your child a victim. You need to know the signs that a bully has targeted your child, because many children are afraid or ashamed to admit that they're being harassed at school in addition to this.

Helping your tween deal with school trouble

Middle school is far more demanding than elementary school, and your child will not be coddled anymore. Students are expected to work independently, take initiative, problem solve without adult help, and behave age appropriately in the middle school. Those days are gone. and excuses don't get one very far in middle school in case your child got away without completing homework assignments in elementary school.  Encourage your child to stay on top of assignments, projects and other assignments and to be proactive with his studies. If your child begins to slip in a certain subject, act quickly, either by asking about after school help in addition to this. During middle school, as kids meet new people, access their popularity, and find new interests, friendships can get quickly. Even long-lasting friendships sometimes suffer during middle school. Parents are wise to encourage their children to make new friends, and develop their interests without alienating old friends. However, it's not a good idea to force a friendship on your tween, but rather to let that friendship take its natural course. Encourage her to embrace an after school activity where she might meet people with similar interests in case your child is rejected by a friend or a group of peers. Your tween will have more than one teacher, which might be a change from elementary school since middle schoolers change classes throughout the day. It's likely that at some point, he or she will encounter a teacher that is difficult, or even unfair. The good news is that since your child will have numerous teachers, he won't spend the entire day with the one he doesn't get along with.