I guess the answer to that question is because I have a 6th grader of my own now.
I am learning about the Revolutionary War, fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios. I am learning about the Periodic Table and the beginnings of Astronomy. I am learning new vocabulary and practicing my spelling once again. As I think about it, I didn't learn some of these things until Jr. High or High School.
I have to sit by and watch the pain and frustration that come from learning to deal with other girls in 6th grade. I have to begin the process of letting go of my girl and let her begin to make choices of her own. (Wow, that hurts).
I have to pray for both of my children daily for strength, for protection, for them to be kind and helpful to others, to be respectful of the authorities placed over them, to love one another and to grow closer to the one who protects them.