While you may have fond memories of being left to your own devices while you were in middle school, author Judith Warner notes that some of our parenting choices may be based on feeling underparented while we were in the middle school years and wanting it to be different with our teens. Parents today are more aware of their teen’s dramas playing out from monitoring their social media activity and gossiping with other parents. The key is to not overcorrect and be overly present. It’s to approach those teen years with balanced parenting techniques. Learn how with this Q&A.