Throughout childhood, children face changes at home and at school. These changes can be small and go unnoticed, or they can be life-changing. Moving from elementary to middle school may mean a new building, a new schedule, new teachers and new classmates. Many children may also be maturing physically, facing new responsibilities at home and hard course work at school. The importance of parents being involved in their child’s transition from elementary to middle school cannot be over estimated. While many parents think they need to give their child more independence, children this age still need the attention and support of a parent to see them through this transition. Parents can help make this transition a positive experience for their children, giving them a sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.