The lifeline you were looking for: "Planet Middle School" by Dr. Kevin Leman

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about the book....

You are about to embark on a fantastic journey

If you've ever watched one of those movies where regular people are walking around minding their own business, until without warning their chests burst open and alien life-forms come slithering out, then you know what it's like to suddenly find yourself with a middle-schooler. Your once-peaceful home full of silliness and laughter morphs into the twisted landscape of a forbidding alien world, where moody adolescents drag their claws and moan about . . . well, just about everything.

Welcome to Planet Middle School. Better get comfortable. You'll be here awhile.

Lucky for you, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman successfully navigated Planet Middle School with five children. With his expert guidance, you'll see how you can help your child not only survive but thrive during these turbulent years. Leman shows you how to 

· understand your child's rapidly expanding world
· respond rather than react to mood swings
· tell your child about sex (before someone else tells their version)
· create opportunities for your child to practice selflessness and gratitude
· ensure that your kid is one who loves home and family
· and much more

Middle-schoolers can be a strange, unpredictable species. But with a little help from Dr. Leman, you can ride out the interstellar storm with humor and confidence.

my review....

My oldest daughter is just entering those middle school years, and I can tell you that I've had some moments of fear and trembling, anticipating what lies around the corner. So when I saw that Dr. Leman released his latest book, "Planet Middle School", I wasted no time in getting a copy of my own. I am happy to report that not only is this book well-written and laid out in an easy-to-navigate manner, but it is chock full of practical advice to guide parents through the middle school years (which he defines as approximately ages 11-13). I think what parents may most appreciate about this book is that they won't feel so alone in wondering why their child has, at times, gone from so sweet natured to a complete stranger seemingly overnight! Leman covers every topic under the sun, from kids experiencing bullying, to the importance of discussing sex, to navigating the dangerous world of social media. Each chapter not only has clear advice pertaining to each topic area, but also has anecdotes from parents who have already been through these years and who can share the wisdom they've gleaned along the way. One of the chapters I most enjoyed was the one about "Creating an Attitude of Gratitude". So often I find that children in this youngest generation have a clear sense of entitlement, and having some clear guidelines from Dr. Leman about how to teach children to be grateful and that it's not all about them, is very helpful and needed!

I personally found "Planet Middle School" to be so interesting and timely that I read it through in one night. However, I plan on taking this book off the shelf over and over in the coming years, any time that I may feel like pulling out my hair! Knowing I have somewhere to turn for guidance can greatly reduce the feelings of stress parents have, and Dr. Leman certainly offers a lot of wisdom indeed. I highly recommend this helpful resource and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Dr. Kevin Leman
Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. He has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, such as Fox & Friends, The View, Fox's The Morning Show, Today, Dr. Bill Bennett's America in the Morning, 700 Club, CBS's The Early Show, James Robison's Life Today, Janet Parshall, CNN's American Morning, and Focus on the Family, and has served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America.

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Planet Middle School: Helping Your Child through the Peer Pressure, Awkward Moments & Emotional Drama