Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Planet Middle School: A Book Review

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.

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.


You can read an excerpt of Planet Middle School here, in PDF format

About The Author:

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 through hundreds of radio and television programs, such asFox & FriendsThe ViewToday, Dr. Bill Bennett's Morning in America, CBS's The Early ShowThe 700 Club, and CNN. A New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than fifty books about marriage and family issues, including The Birth Order BookMaking Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Have a New Kid by Friday. Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and two grandchildren.

My Review:

Dr. Kevin Leman has been a favorite psychologist of mine for several years and I have read many of his books. He has been one of the authors that has been a guide as I have dealt with a number of parenting challenges over the last nine years. And with this book in my arsenal, and with God by my side, I know that I and my husband will be able to embrace the journey of parenting in the middle years. While we have about a two and a half years before middle school officially enters our home, we have already one tween in the house and another will join the ranks of "tween" in the summer. And to be completely honest, this mama and her heart is NOT ready for this new phase of parenting. We have already began dealing with emotion changes, some back talk, and oh the wonderful mood swings that coming with having a tween girl. I know that this book will be perfect for this journey. It is full of classic advice and humor from Dr. Leman, and yet I learned a lot of new things too! He covers every possible topic that parents of middle school student may encounter and I look forward to being able to use his advice down the road! If you are a parent of a middle school student, or work with them, you need this book in your arsenal to get through this sometimes difficult period. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Planet Middle School at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I  received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications Inc., and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


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