In terms of the adolescent life, middle school is the perfect storm: a combination of hormones, masculinity, independence, personal safety, and bullying. We openly feared the prospects of Brandon walking down the hallways being harassed, simply because the face he was wearing was different and it couldn't help but stand out.  

      We also knew middle school was the gateway to a brighter future; there were so many new programs like drama and after school sports that would challenge Brandon to the fullest.  Looking, back none of our fears were actualized but dreams came true.

      As it turned out, Brandon had the best social, academic, and opportunity-filled experience of his short life.  We could not have predicted this in the summer of 2008, when we were still unsure of what would come, but we now can happily share a few insights that will lay the foundation for success with your child too!