This post has been sponsored by Five Star® School Supplies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I can’t believe my oldest son is starting junior high this year! While we’re both excited about this new phase of his life, there is a fair amount of stress we’re feeling, too. He’s ready to meet new people and try new class subjects, but he doesn’t like surprises. His stress level goes through the roof if he isn’t given information on things we are going to do, places we’re going or projects that were upcoming in his elementary school classes. I decided to ask some friends and family for advice to help him manage the stress of starting junior high.I’m sure you can remember how nervous you were to start junior high. I was super lucky that my older sister was only one grade ahead of me, so when I started 7th grade, she had literally just gone through it. It absolutely helped me know what to expect, but times have really changed. I decided to reach out to friends with kids who are in or just finished junior high and cousins who had personal information to share from their own experiences.
Junior high is the first time that kids are really starting to find themselves. They are pushing boundaries and experimenting with new things. They are dealing with big emotions and are faced with making big decisions on their own for probably the first time. There is peer pressure and consequences, but it is also a time to gain some independence and start creating some deep friendships. I want to make sure I’m giving my son all the tools he needs to succeed, like durable school supplies. One of the biggest changes my son will experience is that he’ll be changing classrooms throughout the day and won’t have a locker to store his supplies. He’ll be carrying everything he needs with him which means his school supplies will probably get pretty beat up. His plan is to skateboard to school, so there’s also a chance that his backpack will go flying when he (inevitably) falls or gets tossed on the ground when he and his friends stop at their local hangout.
For elementary school, we bought the suggested school supplies prior to school starting, but that’s not how junior high works. I want to set my son up for success, so I picked up some Five Star® School Supplies to get him started. These items are super durable and are built to last the whole school year. Looking back, I should have sought out these premium products from the start. We went through multiple binders last year for his music class which he only had twice a week. That wouldn’t have happened if we had used one of the Five Star Flex® Hybrid NoteBinders®!
The Durable Five Star® School Supplies Your Child Needs
This is such an awesome product. The flexible plastic cover folds over to lie flat like a notebook, but has 3 rings (made with the patented TechLock® rings) to make it work like a binder! Students can add dividers and paper and, while this Five Star Flex® Hybrid NoteBinder® is flexible, it’s super durable! It comes with pocket dividers, college ruled paper and quad ruled paper, making it a great item for my son to take on his first day of school. He can easily organize the papers he’ll receive, plus he’ll be able to take notes on the important information he’ll be getting. I picked up 1″ and 1.5″ binders since I know my 4th grader could use this binder, too. It’s available in solid colors and geometric patterns.
These 1 subject notebooks contain 100 pages that resist ink bleed. They come with a 2-pocket page divider that resists tearing so it will help your student stay organized all year long. The plastic cover is lightweight but super durable and protects all your student’s hard work inside. The paper pages feature Neat Sheet perforation to easily and cleanly tear them out when needed. My favorite part is the Spiral Lock covers that prevent the coils from snagging on things or working their way out of the cover and paper part. The notebook is 3-hole punched so that it can easily be added to a binder. It comes in a variety of colors and designs, to meet all different kinds of styles and personalities.
Every student needs extra paper for homework, notes, etc. This paper has innovative triangular holes, reinforced with tape, to help prevent the sheets from being ripped out too easily. This high quality paper resists ink bleed and won’t rip out of 3-ring binders so your student won’t need to stress about losing important papers. It comes in college ruled or wide ruled.
We’re starting the year strong with these Five Star® School Supplies that will be reliable and long lasting for my son so he won’t have any surprises when it comes to his supplies. He’ll have enough things going on with trying to navigate junior high. He doesn’t need to worry if his school supplies will hold up.
Five Star® wants to be a champion for teens looking for creative/ expressive ways to fight the stress of their daily routines. They’ve created an awesome campaign, #StrengthNotStress, on social media to encourage teens to share their stories about how they deal with stress and turn it from a negative to an empowering source in their lives.
I’ll be sharing that campaign with my son to show him that stress affects everyone but that there are creative ways to deal with it. Any ways I can show him how to reduce stressors – like using Five Star® School Supplies which are built to last so he won’t have to worry about his supplies – will not only give him peace of mind, but me as well.
I’m so impressed with the quality of these products. It actually made me feel kind of bad that I haven’t paid much attention to the quality of my kid’s school supplies and usually just bought what is most inexpensive. That might be ok in elementary school, but it won’t cut it as they get older!
Managing the Stress of Starting Junior High
I am so grateful to the friends and family that gave me advice to help me ease my son into this new experience. If I can help him know what to expect and how to manage his expectations, it should help to keep stress levels low.
Let your child know that this is new territory for both of you and that you will do your best to figure things out, together, as you go. You’ll both make mistakes, but you’ll continue to learn how to navigate these new challenges as you encounter them. Talk Openly About Everything
Just because you aren’t talking about certain things with your child doesn’t mean his friends aren’t. If you want to be part of the dialogue, and help guide your child’s decisions, you’ll need to be willing to talk about every topic, no matter how hard it might seem.
Let Them Be Responsible
It’s time to take a more hands-off approach in terms of school work. They might miss due dates or forget to study, but these two years are there to help your child transition. Teachers expect the students to start to take control and don’t want parents running to their rescue. I’ll encourage my son to use his new Five Star® products to keep his assignments organized. Share Your Own Experiences
You were his age once! Times have certainly changed but you certainly experienced things that he can relate to. By sharing your own experiences, you help your son know that you had struggles and overcame them. I know my son is more open to listening when I’m telling him a story rather than lecturing him.
Learn How to Avoid the Bad Stuff
Bad stuff is out there. You just need to learn how to avoid it. My 15-year-old niece told me that it was pretty easy for her to figure out who were doing things that she didn’t want to be a part of and stay away from it. She said to keep a sense of humor about it and do your best to make good friends who will help you create a positive influence.Stress Relief
Stress wasn’t really talked about when I was younger. I took a stress management class in college and finally realized that there are things that can be done to help change your mindset or get through hard times. I’ve shared a few of these things with my kids but I will continue to work with them on keeping things positive. Hard work is something that we talk about a lot and of course I want my kids to have a great work ethic. But I also understand that they need to blow off steam and take a break.
Starting this new chapter doesn’t need to be overly stressful. With these tips for helping your child prepare for junior high, and quality Five Star® school supplies, your kid will be off to a great start!
Thank you to Five Star® for sponsoring this post. It was a great way for me to start thinking about how to get my son prepared for junior high!