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Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years by Michelle Icard

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Finishing Touches

Your Middle-Age Construction Project

As we near the end of your Middle School Makeover it’s time for the finishing touches. Last, but definitely not least, let’s talk about you.

While your middle schooler is busy working on the three major construction projects of adolescence—building a new body, brain, and identity—you’re doing the same thing, whether you realize it or not.

Parenting middle schoolers is unique in that parent and child are on similar developmental tracks. You’re both undergoing major changes in body, brain, and identity at this time of life.

An important piece of being a good parent is being good to yourself first. It helps your child develop good self-care habits to see you modeling this kind of behavior ...

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