Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years

Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years

by Michelle Icard


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Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years by Michelle Icard

Middle School Makeover is a guide for parents and educators to help the tweens in their lives navigate the socially fraught hallways, gyms, and cafeterias of middle school. The book helps parents, teachers, and other adults in middle school settings to understand the social dilemmas and other issues that kids today face. Author Michelle Icard covers a large range of topics, beginning with helping us understand what is happening in the brains of tweens and how these neurological development affects decision-making and questions around identity. She also addresses social media, dating, and peer exclusion. Using both recent research and her personal, extensive experience working with middle-school-aged kids and their parents, Icard offers readers concrete and practical advice for guiding children through this chaotic developmental stage while also building their confidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937134976
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 201
Sales rank: 110,492
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

In 2004, Michelle Icard launched Athena’s Path, a curriculum that helps girls navigate the tricky middle school social scene. Shortly after, she added Hero’s Pursuit for boys, and in 2011 launched her website about how to parent middle school children: MichelleintheMiddle.com.
Athena’s Path and Hero’s Pursuit have been implemented in thirty schools, in five states, and have impacted over 10,000 students. More than 250 teachers have been trained to implement the programs in schools. Michelle is often a guest speaker at schools and parenting events, and she hosts Right in the Middle, a conference for girls headed to middle school and their moms. Michelle also runs Moms Meet Up, a parent conversation and support group for parents of middle schoolers. She provides private coaching for parents and teens.
Michelle has written curriculum for other national programs for adolescents, including Girlology and Girls Rock the House. In addition to her own blog, Michelle writes for Your Teen Magazine, The Karina Chronicles blog, and Charlotte Smarty Pants.
She is the mother of a 13-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction: How and Why This Book Works 1

Part 1 The Foundation for Parenting Middle Schoolers

1 What's a Middle School Makeover? 9

2 Middle School Brains Are Different 21

3 Middle School Requires Bravery 37

4 Talking with Your Middle Schooler, or Not 51

5 It's Not Your Problem 63

Part 2 Helping Your Kid Through Real Middle School Problems

#1 "Everyone Has an Instagram but Me" 85

Coming to Terms with Your Child's Entry into the New World of Social Media

#2 Goodbye, Birds and Bees-Hello, Porn 93

Answering Your Middle Schooler's More Advanced Questions About Sex

#3 Good Girls Gone Bad 97

Helping When Girls Turn Against Each Other

#4 There's More Than One Way to Be Cool 101

Helping Your Son make Connections with Other Guys When He Doesn't Play Sports

#5 Put-Downs and Comebacks 107

Preparing to Deal with the Middle School Bully

#6 Not My Kid-Oh, Wait... 111

Discovering Your Kid Has Been a Bully, or Maybe Just a Jerk, or Probably Just Human

#7 Camis, Tight Jeans, and Booty Shorts, Oh, My! 115

Dodging Fashion Battles with Your Middle Schooler

#8 Your "Sneaking" Suspicions 121

Reacting to a Kid Who Goes Behind Your Back

#9 Can You Hear Me Now? 127

Living in Cell Phone World, with a Cell Phone Boy or Girl

#10 Going Out, Going Nowhere 131

Understanding the Middle School Dating Scene

#11 It's a Great, Big World out There (Emphasis on Great) 137

Evaluating How Much Independence to Give Your Middle Schooler

#12 "Get Him Out of My Room!" 141

Dealing with Sibling Fights and Manipulations

#13 Going a Different Speeds 145

Helping Your Socially Immature Kid Find a Comfortable Place in Middle School

Finishing Touches: Your Middle-Age Construction Project 151

Conclusion 171

Acknowledgments 175

Endnotes 177

References 179

Index 181

About the Author 186

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Paul_Reali More than 1 year ago
Long neglected in parenting books, we middle school parents now have a champion for our cause. Michelle Icard, developer of the terrific Athena's Path (for girls) and Hero's Pursuit (for boys) programs, has now turned her attention to their parents. The result is a warm, witty, and wise book that's full of perspective on what middle school kids and their parents are experiencing. You'll turn again and again to Part 2, "Helping Your Kid Through Real Middle School Problems," which covers 13 common situations such as dating, clothing battles, and social media. If you have a middle school child or one on either side of that divide, consider this guidebook a must-have.