Middle School: The Inside Story

by Marya Mesa

5 Minutes for Mom contributor, Marya Mesa, is here with a great book suggestion for parents with kids nearing or currently in middle school. In this sponsored giveaway post you have a chance to win a copy of Middle School: The Inside Story.

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Do you remember middle school?

Most parents would agree that it was not the best time of their lives. Those years are frequently filled with social awkwardness, frequent bullying, peer pressure and increasing conflicts at home. Worse, children often start keeping their feelings to themselves.

Middle School: The Inside Story gives parents helpful and practical advice to help their children prepare for and navigate the middle school maze of changing social and emotional pressures.

Written by learning styles expert Cynthia Tobias author of The Way They Learn as well as several other parenting books and Sue Acuna, a veteran teacher, you’ll gain many helpful tips to help your middle schooler succeed. Discussion topics include the physical and emotional changes of adolescence, parenting and discipline tips, friendships and school issues.

This looks like an incredibly helpful read for parents of middle school students, possibly even older elementary school kids or high school students, depending on where they are developmentally.

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1 Vicky Harinski August 5, 2014 at 8:22 am

I have my youngest starting middle school I the fall and I am starting all over again. I havent been heree in 5 years


2 Vicky Harinski August 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

Yes new middle schooler


3 anne August 5, 2014 at 10:46 am

Not yet but waiting.


4 diane August 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Yep, my son is going into 7th grade!!


5 DanielM August 5, 2014 at 7:01 pm

nope not yet another year to go


6 amanda August 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I don’t have a middle schooleer of my own, but my husband and I are youth pastors and I work in a middle school. This would be a wonderful resource!


7 Staisha August 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Middle school teacher :) This would be helpful during PTC’s.


8 Donna Lamontagne August 5, 2014 at 11:53 pm

I have a Middle Schooler this year and will have another next year. I truly could use all the help I can get. Can’t wait to read!


9 Heather A. August 6, 2014 at 12:05 am

My daughter starts middle school in September.


10 Melanie August 6, 2014 at 12:32 am

My son is starting 7th grade. Last year was a challenge. We really hope this year goes more smoothly.


11 Shirley Martin-Tutolo August 7, 2014 at 8:16 am

My grandson is in middle school. Would love to win


12 Patricia Wojnar Crowley August 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm

My nephew is starting middle school this year!


13 Cindy Brooks August 9, 2014 at 3:33 am

Our grandson (we are raising him) is going into the 6th grade. In our district middle school is 5-8.


14 amanda hardesty August 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I have 2 in middle school this year


15 anne hill August 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

no but my sister in law does & she is a teacher so i would give her this book after i read it in the hopes it would help her out. i would like this book cuz i can always get more insight into kids reading anything about them!


16 Suzanne h August 10, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I do not have a middle schooler yet, but soon enough will.


17 Valerie Taylor Mabrey August 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

i have a grandson that age.
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18 Mary Martin August 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Do you have a middle school aged child?’

Yes, I have two! A 6th grade girl and 7th grade boy!


19 Daniel Darcy August 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Not quite yet, but this will be good preparation.


20 Nannypanpan August 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm

I don’t but my nephew is starting middle school


21 xty cruz August 15, 2014 at 12:45 am

No, I dont have one


22 rickel bart August 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm

no, but my wife writes fiction for middle schoolers. she could use this!


23 Laurie Emerson August 16, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Not yet but I will in another year.


24 Charlene August 19, 2014 at 8:35 am

Yes, my only son begins Middle school in two weeks. I am more nervous about it than he is, I am sure. EEK!


25 Gina Brandt August 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I have a son in middle school


26 Lynelle August 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Yes, I have a new middle schooler and we just went to an all-girls event today before school starts next week. Would love some advice!


27 Tracey Brewer August 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

Yes – I have a 13-year-old 8th grader!


28 Angela Saver August 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm

My kids are not in middle-school, but I have nieces & nephews that are in middle-school!



29 Emily August 24, 2014 at 6:50 am

Yes, I have a 7th grader!


30 Francine Anchondo August 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Yes just this year.


31 Caitlin McClure August 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

My boys aren’t in middle school yet.


32 Rebecca Parsons August 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I have a grandson that is in middle school.


33 vickie couturier August 28, 2014 at 6:56 am

yes I have a granddaughter in middle school


34 Barbara Platt August 28, 2014 at 8:10 am

yes, a grandson


35 sandra August 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

in another year, i’ll have a middle-schooler


36 Mia Dentice Carey August 28, 2014 at 8:54 am

Not yet but I’m already trying to prepare him for it!


37 Jenny August 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

My son will be in middle school next year.


38 Janice Crespo August 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

One of my grandson’s half sisters is starting middle school and this would be good for her.


39 Staci A August 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm

My son heads to middle school next year.


40 rabia August 29, 2014 at 12:26 am

My daughter is in grade 2 but she has all the problems of middle school


41 Jenny Moses August 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

No but my nephew will be in one year. I think this would be perfect for my brother and sister in law. Then, they could share it with me in 8 years. :)


42 Denise S August 31, 2014 at 9:17 am

Yes, I have a middle school aged daughter.


43 Paula Noyes August 31, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Our oldest son starts middle school this fall.


44 Gail Fernandez August 31, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Yes, I have a daughter in eighth grade this year. My son will be in middle school next year, in fifth grade.


45 Leela September 3, 2014 at 5:27 am

Yes, I do have several.


46 Mihaela Day September 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Yes my oldest daughter is in 8th grade :)


47 victoria September 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

Yep I do. My son started 6th grade this year. I just don’t know where the time went.


48 Ed September 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I have a niece.


49 Brandi B September 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

I don’t yet, but my son will be next year.


50 Linda Bradshaw September 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Yes, I have a middle school aged child. High school child also


51 stephanie sloim September 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Yes, my son just started 6th grade :)


52 susan smoaks September 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm

our son is in middle school this year


53 Brenda Elsner September 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Yes, I have a middle schooler!!!


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