Magazine article Work & Family Life

Help with Navigating the Pre-Teens Years

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Help with Navigating the Pre-Teens Years

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Help with navigating the pre-teens years

The critical years from sixth through eighth grades, when children gain independence and parents' role shifts from omnipresent manager to supportive coach, can be as rewarding as they are challenging. For the first time, kids are traveling from classroom to classroom and interacting with specific subject teachers. They are also confronting social issues that would have been unthinkable even a decade ago.

"Guiding your child's transition into adolescence takes time, patience and a significant step forward in personal parenting knowledge. While the road through the middle school years can be smooth at times, it can also take you through turbulent waters," says Joe Bruzzese, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

His exceptional new book, A Parents' Guide to the Middle School Years, helps families understand and cope with twen- ty-first century mid- dle school reality. He provides advice on a wide range of topics such as establishing new friendships (see front page story), problems with cliques and bullying, building solid relationships with teachers, helping kids stay organized, study strategies for tackling homework and managing extracurricular commitments in a sensible way. …

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