Maybe you’re lucky, maybe your tween is well-behaved, always does his or her homework and is never late for school. But for those who have kids who just have the knack of getting into trouble, or perhaps think you’re “the worst parents in the whole world” – don’t worry because the ultimate cheat sheet is at hand.
Julie A. Ross’ How to Hug a Porcupine gives you over 100 tricks, tips and techniques to help you cope, but more importantly, describes the ideal environment for your children to prosper. Written in a reassuring yet clear and accessible style, How to Hug a Porcupine is a good read as well as an effective reference point during those especially challenging times. Chapters are organized by each specific ‘growing pains’ that you may encounter in your relationship with your teenager. Themes include independence and self-esteem, and the gentle give and take of responsibility required to build a successful relationship.
The opening chapter, “Middle Schoolers: Hormonal, Disorganized, and Defiant,” manages to hit the nail on the head with each paragraph. It describes the perfect blueprint of all the usual issues that parents face. However, Ross provides a unique take on the solutions by showing what your kids are thinking and their perspective on the situation. With plenty of anecdotes to keep it humorous and relatable, the tips, supported by other expert opinions, are applied on real life scenarios that Ross picked up through her work as a counselor and mom.
You may think your tween is hard to deal with, but you’ll be reassured by the fact that you’re not alone. Those simple techniques and tips can help you and other parents get through these tough times. In addition to this, the book goes on to cover sex, drugs and alcohol and peer pressure.
Parenting is hard at times, and tweens can make it even harder, so it’s okay to get a few pointers. Taking the reader through each stage of ‘tweenhood,’ Ross offers a look behind the curtain into the thought process of your child and gives you the tools for how to react accordingly to the challenges
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