I loved this book! Aside from knowing that we should cover all of our children with prayer it brings some very practical ideas back to mind in dealing with a child of middle school age. It is understandable that as busy parents we can get stuck in a rut and forget how to deal with each child as an individual. This book brought back to mind all of the easy things we can do to focus more on relationship, understanding, and troubleshooting the reasons behind what is sometimes considered awkward behavior. Tobias and Acuña state middle school students can be perceived as self-centered and unresponsive to direction, but in realty are changing so much that they are not sure who they are and are in a state of wonder of what is to come. Tobias and Acuña bring hope to those who are frustrated and lost about what to do with their child at this age. As a test, I practiced starting conversation with my middle schooler about some of the topics presented. For the most part, they were right on track with my child’s thoughts and perceptions about themselves, their parents, others, and the world. I was not displeased with the content and enjoyed the quotes included from the children. This four-part book concentrating on changes in a middle schooler’s body, parenting, friends and other problems, and school will be a refreshing eye-opener that this phase can be dealt with in peace, knowing these times should be spent in building a bond with your child through love and understanding.
I received this book for free from the Tyndale House Publishing Company in exchange for an honest review.