Saturday, 26 December 2015

Book Review: Planet Middle School

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From the Back:

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.

Houston, we have a problem.
It happens to every parent. One day, you have a sweet son or daughter who loves to snuggle on the couch and who puts a smile on your face just by walking into the room. The next day, it's as if someone left the door open and let in an alien with a smart mouth and an attitude that, frankly, you could do without. Entering middle school is like stepping onto a different planet--for parent and child alike.

But these years don't have to create chaos in your family. In fact, they can be some of the best, most fruitful years of all, a time when you can grow closer rather than drift apart. From the internal storms of hormonal changes to the external challenges of peer pressure and our technology-saturated culture, your child is under constant bombardment. Learn how to come alongside your middle-schooler with the love, understanding, and values that will see you both safely back home to earth when your time on Planet Middle School is over.

My Reflections:
I was instantly drawn to this book for two reasons. 1) Dr. Kevin Leman is a leading expert in the field of psychology and parenting instruction. I trust his leadership and common sense approach and own several of his books already. 2) I am in the heat of the battle of Middle school drama. Mr. Leman is dead on when he says that life is grand one day and then a switch flips and a sullen moody alien invades your home! 
immensely enjoyed gleaning information and strategies in order to calm the chaos and restore peace in our home and although I know the suggestions will sometimes fail it feels good to have a few more tools in my arsenal of parenting strategies.

This book is extremely well laid out starting with where you are and progressing to where you want to aim for. I especially enjoyed the chapter titled "Expect the best, Get the best."  I gleaned so much from this chapter, and will be reversing quite a few of my parenting styles because of the information I read in this one chapter. Seriously this book is so full of great ideas, good sound biblically centred parenting advice that I would recommend it to anyone who is or will soon be entering this fun and challenging time in their child's lives. 

I have to say even though we have had some roller coaster moments (OK.. days..weeks....months) I have to say I think this is my favorite time of my children's lives, they are becoming who God has designed them to be, and that my friends is a beautiful thing to watch transpire. Such a gift! 

It is my opinion that Mr. Leman's humourous style, grace based approach and honest tutelage will uplift your parenting experience and ultimately family life. What are you waiting for? This purchase is a no brainer!

received this book free of charge in return for my honest review from Graf-Martin Communications. Thank you Graf-Martin!


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