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For the 20 million parents of 10- to 15-year-olds, The Roller-Coaster Years is a lively guide to mastering the ups and downs of early adolescence. Every parent knows about the terrible twos and the brooding teens, but few have anticipated the wild ride of these magical yet maddening years that can provide all the thrills and chills of a carnival ride.
Now, drawing together the latest information from experts, supported and advised by the National Middle School Association, and with surprising insights from the authors' own surveys of parents, teachers, and the children themselves, The Roller-Coaster Years covers every facet of the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of early adolescents, including:
• Appearance Anxiety
• Fears and Other Emotions
• The Battle for Independence
• Success in School
• Friendship and Peer Pressure
• Sexual Awakening
• The Lure of Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol
• The Promise and Peril of Electronic Media
• Sticky Questions About Your Own Past
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About the Author
Margaret Sagarese taught young adolescents for several years and has written many books. She is the mother of one roller-coaster-years child and lives in Long Island, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is a rare book that covers the tween to teen years with little more than a chapter covering ages 8-12, and another chapter covering ages 12 and up. We begin to examine our parenting style and become aware of new issues at or around the time our child is 11. We have finally become the experts on our children, and they reciprocate by growing up and presenting us with a whole new universe of problems. This book, The Roller Coaster Years, by Carlene C. Gianetti and Margaret Sagarese, is the missing piece in child rearing material. What a spectacular find! You absolutely must get this book, and refer to it often, if you live or work with children between the ages of 8 and 15. We know what is within "normal" limits for our babies, toddlers and primary grade school children. This book educates us further as to what is "normal" for our budding young adults. Learning what to expect, and rational ways of handling situations that arise, will give us the confidence we need to continue to guide our children into adulthood.
Chapter-by-chapter real-world tips and explanations for why adolescents 'do what they do' -- and oftentimes why they DON'T do what parents expect. This was a wonderful source book for a Girl Scout training course offered in our Council, and gives a clear, charted course through the minefield of adolescence. Easy reading, too -- sound advice presented without the pretentious psychobabble of numerous other books on the subject.