Middle School Confessions provides a provocative and sometimes disturbing look at the inner lives of today's adolescents, and the efforts of adults to connect and help the kids they care about to navigate this treacherous rite of passage.
Drinking, sex, violence, depression, suicide, school failure, harassment. These are the daily realities of life for many of today's young adolescents. In intimate conversations with middle school-aged adolescents across the country - from well-to-do suburbs, rural communities and big cities - the years from eleven to fourteen emerge as a difficult and dangerous time of transition. And not just for these young people, but also for their parents.
Adolescence is a period of growth and change rivaling infancy in its speed. It is also a time of risk, where young people begin to adopt ways of thinking and behaving that will accompany them for years to come. For parents, it can be a time of helplessness, where it is all too easy to lose touch. Or it can be a parent's last best shot at helping adolescents emerge on the other side of childhood as competent and caring young adults.
Through these stories and more, Middle School Confessions takes an unblinking look at the speeding world of today's adolescents to encourage parents to bridge the communication gap or risk losing their children at an especially vulnerable and critical moment in their lives. A companion website will offer access to local resources that can help parents to identify problems before it's too late and to take meaningful action.
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