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Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen

The Essential Conversations You Need to Have with Your Kids Before They Start High School

Trying to convince a middle schooler to listen to you can be exasperating. Indeed, it can feel like the best option is not to talk! But keeping kids safe — and prepared for all the times when you can't be the angel on their shoulder — is about having the right conversations at the right time. From a brain growth and emotional readiness perspective, there is no better time for this than their tween years, right up to when they enter high school.

Distilling Michelle Icard's decades of experience working with families, Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen focuses on big, thorny topics such as friendship, sexuality, impulsivity, and technology, as well as unexpected conversations about creativity, hygiene, money, privilege, and contributing to the family. Icard, author of Middle School Makeover, outlines a simple, memorable, and family-tested formula for the best approach to these essential talks. Like a Rosetta Stone for your tween's confounding language, this is an essential communication guide to helping your child through the emotional, physical, and social challenges ahead and, ultimately, toward teenage success.

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Icard introduces the BRIEF Model: Begin peacefully, Relate to your child, Interview to collect information, Echo what you're hearing, and give Feedback. With wit and compassion, she also helps you get over the most common hurdles in talking to tweens, including:

  • What phrases invite connection and which irritate kids or scare them off
  • The best places, times, and situations in which to initiate talks
  • How to keep kids interested, open, and engaged in conversation
  • How to exit these chats in a way that keeps kids wanting more

Product Details

Author Michelle Icard
ISBN 0593137515
Publication Date Feb 23, 2021
Publisher Harmony
Language English
Category Parent / Child Relationships, Physical / Emotional Development
Parenting Books Age Pre-Teen