Find a few old t-shirts, pieces of poster board, or any blank canvas to write on this week. Give one to each member of your family and ask them to decorate it with things that matter or are important to them right now. Then, have everyone wear or bring it to dinner and share what matters to them with your family.
Your middle schooler needs to be reminded of how much you love them, no matter what they do or don’t do! To help them believe and internalize this, take the time to consistently repeat this phase to them: “I love you no matter what.” The more you say it, the more they’ll come to believe it and see you as a safe, loving place they can come to with anything.