A Parents' Guide to the Middle School Years (Paperback)
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Today's text-messaging middle schoolers may seem like a different species from how parents remember themselves as sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Children are often forced to confront serious issues like drugs, violence, sexuality, and technology at an age that would have been unthinkable even a decade ago. So it's natural for parents to worry about these crucial years. Still, educator Joe Bruzzese believes that this time can be full of positive transformation as your child gains independence and your parental role shifts from omnipresent manager to supportive coach. Timely topics include cyberbullying, depression, and choosing realistic and rewarding extracurricular activities.
The middle school years can and should be a time of exciting change and opportunity; "A Parents' Guide to the Middle School Years" presents what you need to know to survive and thrive as a family.
“Bruzzese understands kids and communicates well through this concise guide. ...This book is not stuffed with case studies, chatty stories, or horrific went-wrongs; instead, it’s a to-the-point guide for parents and should be well used.”
“Selective memory probably vaporized the details of your sixth to eighth grade experience. To parent effectively through these years you need to understand twenty-first century middle school reality--the academic challenges, packed schedules, social stressors, and nonstop intrusion of digital media. You’ll also need the terrific twenty-first century coaching techniques provided in this book.”
—Annie Fox, author of Too Stressed to Think? and the Middle School Confidential™ series
“Bruzzese’s perspective into the teen years is dead-on! He covers all of the hard-hitting topics and brings up many new issues that parents need to be aware of. Bruzzese gives advice not only to help ease the transition into middle school, but also to help families tackle the teen years with great success--awesome!”
—Vanessa Van Petten, teen author of You’re Grounded! and creator of OnTeensToday.com