Not unless that’s what you want him to be.
Experts know that kids are influenced by expectations. So if you think they’ll behave, they’re more likely to do so.
Research shows there are many helpful expectations parents can have. Middle schoolers are:
• Unique. Some find this age difficult, others don’t.
• Intelligent. Adolescents are learning to understand complex issues and make better decisions.
• Capable. “Raging hormones” don’t stop adolescents from being able to learn or be polite. Strong relationships can help them through physical changes.
• Social. Many adolescents have friends who offer good “peer pressure.” These friends encourage healthy habits and personal growth.
• Curious. Middle schoolers want to understand more about themselves and the world. They’re eager to learn.
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