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Middle school and the age of adjustment : a guide for parents
Bernstein, Eileen, 1941-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, [2002]

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vi, 165 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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LB1623 .B48 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Middle school is a time in children's lives when they experience tremendous changes: physically, emotionally, and socially. It is a very vulnerable stage when children are exposed to risky behaviors, intense peer pressure, and a possible academic decline. Parents need to be aware of the issues and challenges that their children face so that they can help to solve problems in a proactive manner. When parents work closely with school personnel, young adolescents are guided more effectively.

The author, who has worked as a middle school counselor, reveals actual problems that a school counselor might encounter among students and provides vignettes of student situations and conversations with parents. She provides many suggestions to help parents establish boundaries for their children and give guidance as they navigate the troubled waters of early adolescence. She stresses that parents who are informed about the problems their children will face can better help them deal with the issues.

Author Notes

EILEEN BERNSTEIN, MEd, NCC, LCPC is the Guidance Counselor, at Gaithersburg High School, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Who is a Middle School Child?p. 5
Chapter 2 Adjustment to Sixth Gradep. 13
Chapter 3 Boys' Challengesp. 17
Chapter 4 Girls' Challengesp. 23
Chapter 5 The Power of the Peer Group: Clothes, Bullies, Drugsp. 29
Chapter 6 School Achievementp. 35
Chapter 7 How to Communicate with Teachersp. 47
Chapter 8 Outside Interests and Positive Identityp. 51
Chapter 9 The Sexual Messages in Our Societyp. 55
Chapter 10 Effective Communicationp. 59
Chapter 11 Boundaries, Limits, Expectations, and Consequencesp. 67
Chapter 12 Development and the Passage of Timep. 73
Chapter 13 Special Needs Childrenp. 77
Chapter 14 Sibling Conflictp. 83
Chapter 15 Violence in Schoolsp. 87
Chapter 16 Entertain Me Now!p. 91
Chapter 17 More About Sexp. 97
Chapter 18 You Are a Parent, Not a Friendp. 103
Chapter 19 Can Middle School Students Be Stressed?p. 109
Chapter 20 Accepting Your Childp. 115
Chapter 21 Reflections of Ninth Graders About Middle Schoolp. 121
Chapter 22 The Effects of Divorce on Middle School Childrenp. 125
Chapter 23 Stepparenting Can Work-or It Can Be a Disasterp. 129
Chapter 24 The Importance of Early and Continuous Career Explorationp. 135
Chapter 25 After Middle School-high School is Differentp. 141
Chapter 26 Resiliencep. 145
Chapter 27 The Power of Family Lovep. 149
Bibliographyp. 153
Indexp. 161
About the Authorp. 166