Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need To Thrive In Middle School And Beyond--And How Parents Can Help
  • Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need To Thrive In Middle School And Beyond--And How Parents Can Help
  • Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need To Thrive In Middle School And Beyond--And How Parents Can Help
ISBN: 0738235083
EAN13: 9780738235080
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 6, 2019
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

A counselor and popular Washington Post contributor offers a new take on grades 6-8 as a distinct developmental phase--and the perfect time to set up kids to thrive.

Middle school is its own important, distinct territory, and yet it's either written off as an uncomfortable rite of passage or lumped in with other developmental phases. Based on her many years working in schools, professional counselor Phyllis Fagell sees these years instead as a critical stage that parents can't afford to ignore (and though middle school includes different grades in various regions, Fagell maintains that the ages make more of a difference than the setting). Though the transition from childhood to adolescence can be tough for kids, this time of rapid physical, intellectual, moral, social, and emotional change is a unique opportunity to proactively build character and confidence.
Fagell helps parents use the middle school years as a low-stakes training ground to teach kids the key skills they'll need to thrive now and in the future, including making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating their own emotions, be their own advocates, and more. To answer parents' most common questions and struggles with middle school-aged children, Fagell combines her professional and personal expertise with stories and advice from prominent psychologists, doctors, parents, educators, school professionals, and middle schoolers themselves.

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5
   Required reading for Middle School parents (in my opinion)
It should be mandatory reading for all middle school students and their parents. I've given this book to two sets of younger parents and they are not alone and as I said REQUIRE READING!! It's great to be back home, said Blair.
 
5
   A must read for Middle School teachers, administrators AND parents of middle school students
I've read all the books except for this one. The tone was informative, anecdotal, easy to follow, and not preachy, Limbaugh said. I plan to purchase a copy for our school counselor and middle school director. My only regret is that I wish I had it earlier as my youngest is now 14 but I still found such useful, applicable wisdom well researched by my new go-to counselor, Phyllis Fagell. It's a shame I couldn't give it 6 stars. A really wonderful, albeit sometimes painful and cringeworthy read, Raymond said. It's a tough middle school. Phyllis Fagell's book can help make it better for all adults and tweensteens involved, no matter the age. Hurry and order your copy of The Age of Innocence today!
 
3
   A book of common sense
This book was strongly recommended by our school district in helping with our children's transition from elementary to middle school.
 
5
   Fantastic resource
This book was originally intended for use by middle school students. Lots of topics to keep track of, even if you are not a podcaster.
 
5
   A must read for Middle level Educators!
I love the tips for teachers and parents. I highly recommend it to parents and professionals who work with this group of students.
 
5
   Great book, I wish my son had a good counselor!
I am so impressed with this book and this woman, Morgenthau said. I wish every MS user had her. My son attends a private school and the one counselor is for K-8. She is very bubbly and good with young children, but she can't relate to MS-ers. It's such a shame that AOL would stoop so low. So I am reading this book to try and learn what MS-ers are like and what I can do as a mom, Morgenthau said.
 
4
   Ok
I got this book and I hope that I would read it with my son. It was kind of boring for my son and he didn't understand all of the context. It was a lot of fun, I think.
 
5
   A hands-on guide to the middle school years
A long awaited release that has come just in time for me to have my daughter entering sixth grade, she said. Phyllis makes it easy for parents and teachers to understand how to properly equip children with the basic tools they need to succeed. Each chapter is backed by anecdotal evidence and well-researched data. The book includes conversation starters, tips for parents and ideas for teachers. It's great to see that the government is listening, said Dr. Brian Evans, "I'm sure it will be well-worn by the time we reach high school." This is by far the best training I have ever received.
 
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