Parenting Preteens with a Purpose: Navigating the Middle Years

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Based on a large body of research about healthy development in children ages 8–12, this guide offers parents practical how-tos for handling issues that arise in the preteen years, including peer pressure, bullying, friendship, self-discipline, money, body image, and good eating habits. In addition, a self-care section for parents highlights the many stresses adults face—job demands, financial pressures, isolation, perfectionism, and self-doubt—and urges parents to attend to their own needs. Sympathetic and ...

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Parenting Preteens with a Purpose: Navigating the Middle Years

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Overview

Based on a large body of research about healthy development in children ages 8–12, this guide offers parents practical how-tos for handling issues that arise in the preteen years, including peer pressure, bullying, friendship, self-discipline, money, body image, and good eating habits. In addition, a self-care section for parents highlights the many stresses adults face—job demands, financial pressures, isolation, perfectionism, and self-doubt—and urges parents to attend to their own needs. Sympathetic and respectful to both children and parents, the guide never suggests that kids this age are troublesome. Real-life parenting stories are included to encourage and inspire, along with parenting tips, self-reflection checklists, and resources for additional support.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574821994
  • Publisher: Search Institute Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Thomsen, MS, is an educational consultant and rehabilitation counselor who worked for many years at the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Syracuse, New York, where she was involved in providing staff development for schools on topics related to emotional literacy, positive youth development, and high-risk issues. She has taught graduate-level courses at Syracuse University and is the author of Building Resilient Students and Service Learning in Grades K–8. She lives in Jamesville, New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
Becoming an Asset-Building Parent
Parenting with the Developmental Asset Framework     3
Support     7
Empowerment     17
Boundaries and Expectations     29
Constructive Use of Time     34
Commitment to Learning     38
Positive Values     42
Social Competencies     46
Positive Identity     51
Taking Care of Yourself
Take Time for Yourself     59
Find Sources of Support     60
Create a Healthy Lifestyle     62
Nurture Your Relationship with Your Partner     63
Let Go of Guilt     64
Deal with Stress     66
Tackle Finances     67
Look Forward     69
Balance Home and Work     71
Plan for the Future     72
Taking Care of Your Preteen
Focus on Your Preteen     77
After-School Hours     78
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs     80
Attention Disorders     84
Auditory Processing     87
Bullying     90
Chaperones and Shopping Malls     95
Choking Game     97
Clothes and Hair     99
Computers and Technology     101
Conflict Resolution     104
Contributing to the Common Good     105
Courtesy and Manners     107
Crushes     109
Curfews     111
Discipline     112
Eating Disorders     114
Gambling     117
Grief     121
Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences     125
Material Possessions     127
Moodiness and Depression     129
Outbursts and Anger     132
Piercing and Tattoos     137
Puberty     139
School Struggles     143
Separation and Divorce     146
Sexuality     149
Sleep Needs     153
Stress     156
Testing Issues     158
Weight and Body Image     161
Worry and Anxiety     164
Epilogue     167
References     169
Online Resources     173
Index     179
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