Barbara's Product Reviews & Giveaways
April 12, 2012 12:16 PM
The Drama Years - surviving middle school
[Julie and Annette are the winners of this giveaway. Thanks so much to Free Press for sponsoring it! You can buy a copy of The Drama Years at Amazon]
What a helpful book for parents of middle school girls! Jam-packed with input from the girls themselves about what are probably the most difficult years of all.
Based on what my own daughters went through as they left the safe cocoon of elementary school for three years of intense pressure - and yes, drama - as they watched their friends choose which path to take into the high school years, many they never dreamed would ditch their family's values for sex, drugs and danger. I think it was the breakdown in those female friendships that was really most painful of all.
While this book is neutral on spirituality, it has some great specific and practical insights and ideas for moms and dads.
TODAY'S MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS HAVE IT ROUGH.
In a few short years, they go through an incredible number of biological and emotional changes, making this the most formative--and riskiest--time in their lives. Groups turn on each other, a trusted childhood friend can reveal secrets by sending a text message or updating a Facebook status, and deciding where to sit in the cafeteria can be a daily struggle. As any tween will tell you, life for a middle school girl can be summed up in one word: drama.
Haley Kilpatrick's own turbulent middle school experience inspired Girl Talk, a nonprofit organization in which high school mentors offer a "just been there" perspective to tween girls, helping them build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Here, Haley delivers the definitive guidebook, packed with anecdotes from real girls around the country, who offer their insight into:
Why her friends' approval is suddenly vitally important
Why she feels pressured to be perfect
Why she's no longer telling her parents everything
What three vital things adults can offer to the girls in their lives to downplay the drama
Filled with practical strategies from tweens and teen mentors to help adults understand what girls today are facing, The Drama Years is a must-read for anyone struggling to help girls navigate the often difficult transition into adolescence.
Free Press is offering two copies of The Drama years to MommyLife readers. Please leave a comment for a drawing 4/21.
Just starting to deal with this, it sounds great.
Posted by: Jill | April 12, 2012 5:35 PM
We are looking at our oldest starting middle school in August. She tells me she isn't ready...
Posted by: j dan | April 12, 2012 7:36 PM
I have a daughter who just turned 11, so I'm ready to read this book.
Posted by: Kelly | April 13, 2012 12:55 PM
I have a 10-year-old so this would be handy. Thanks for the chance to win!
Posted by: Annette | April 15, 2012 1:06 AM
We have a 12 yo girl, and she has a younger sister. I think we could really benefit from this book.
Posted by: julie | April 15, 2012 11:22 AM
I would love to have this!
Posted by: Shannon Miller | April 16, 2012 11:30 PM
i have a niece who would benefit from this book.
Posted by: melita | April 17, 2012 8:32 PM