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How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Very insightful!

    I love this book! I've made notes in it and plan on referring back to it as needed. My 12-year-old son is having a really difficult time in middle school, and this book made me realize that he's not alone and that his behavior and feelings right now are very common. There were parts of this book that I felt like Julie Ross wrote specifically about my son!

    It might be needless to say, but middle school is definitely NOT the same as it was when I was a tween. I'm so grateful to have a "guide" on how to handle the ups and downs of middle school. After reading this book, I realized that I was going about certain situations the wrong way. I've already implemented some of the recommended strategies from the book (some of which are just changing my wording), and I can see what a positive difference they make! So helpful to hear real parents describing real problems and how they solved them. Julie Ross has been counseling families and holding parent workshops for many years, and she truly seems to be able to see the world from the middle schooler's viewpoint. Very insightful! I highly recommend this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    I highly recommend this book

    I bought this book on recommendation of a friend. When I first got the book in the mail, I was intrigued by the claims on the back cover: * Find out how other parents survived nightmarish tween behavior ¿ and still raised great kids * Break the "nagging cycle," give your kids the right balance of responsibilities, and get results * Talk about sex, drugs, and alcohol so your kid will listen * Discover the secret that will help your child disregard peer pressure and make smart choices ¿ for life I found this book to be an excellent resource for parents to learn how to develop strong, lasting relationships with their tweens and teens. The middle school years are full of internal and external changes for a child. Julie Ross explains these changes, and focuses on how parents can effectively communicate with their tweens, using a "relationship approach", rather than an "authority approach". She discusses and gives examples of special communication techniques for parents to use, such as listening with heart, "tell me more", "the sandwich," and trust contracts, to name a few. Ross goes over her basic techniques in the first few chapters, then explains how to use them in different situations. My favorite parts of the book were the real-life illustrations of parents who had attended parenting workshops with Ross, then went home and put their new skills to the test. She also gives a few examples of parents who did NOT use the skills, and how differently the situations turned out. Not every child is the same, and Ross gives lots of insight on how to reach your tween on all different levels. I highly recommend this book for all parents who currently or will some day have a tween.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Me

    Have a question?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Lightningstar

    *throws Clawstar off of Dovepaw* don't touch her or I will rip your throat out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Dovepaw

    I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT JUST HAPPENED BUT I SEE THAT I HAVE TO BE MORE ACTIVE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Claw star is dead

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

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    DOGS SUCK LOLLIPOPS DOGS SUCK!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

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    Yes lakeshine?

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    Posted March 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Lol

    I just found this hidden when i was cleaning with my mom i took it into my room thout her reading it and omg now i know what t look for frombmy parents.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    Very informative and easy to read

    I bought this book to help me along through these difficult tween years with my daughter. However, my daughter could possible be going through this tween thing a little early. She is only 10, and this book seems to geared toward a little bit older children. It has given me some great ideas though, and I do like the way it is written.

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