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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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There’s More Than One Way to Be Cool

Helping Your Son Make Connections with Other Guys When He Doesn’t Play Sports

My son is such a good guy, but he doesn’t play, or even have much interest in, sports. He has a hard time getting to know other boys without the natural sports connection. How can I help him fit in better with his peers?

I hear it often from parents of middle school boys: “It would be so much easier for my son if he could play sports.”

True. Playing sports is a rite of passage for many boys, and the lessons, camaraderie, and thrills brought by being part of a team are priceless. But we do boys a disservice when we glorify sports as the be-all and end-all of popularity. There are lots of ways boys can develop social collateral ...

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