Middle School is a critical period in a child’s academic and social-emotional growth. It is a time of transition that can present many physical, emotional, and social changes. Children may have issues with self-esteem, confidence. They may want independence, but still need parental guidance. It is important for you, the parent, to stay involved and know what’s going on in their lives. These years lay the foundation for high school and beyond as students begin exploring and preparing for college.