Probably the worst thing about these years is not knowing how to handle things and feeling like you are the only one who feels different. Navigating through the middle school years is challenging. No matter how good a mother/daughter relationship was, it can be rocked during the middle school years and suddenly, moms don't understand anything (in the eyes of the young teen).
I remember my middle school years, and although they weren't horrible, they were tough. And mom didn't seem to be the person to go to because I thought (notice, I said thought) she didn't understand. Sometimes, friends were okay to talk to, other times, they weren't. It would have been nice to have a guide to navigate through the teen years.
Fortunately, now there is a great guide--four, in fact. The Discovery Girls Middle School Survival Guide is a series of four books that address all sorts of common middle school situations, from mean girls to boys.
The first book, Friendship Hardship, Mean girls, jealousy, stuck in the middle...here's help, covers many aspects of friendships. It teaches girls how to evaluate friendships and decide which ones aren't worth pursuing along with teaching girls how to be the best friend they can be.
The second book, Sticky Situations...and How to Get Through Them, contains 67 situations that kids might find themselves in, from getting locked out to being cyber bullied.
The third book, Ask Ali, All the Advice You'll Ever Need, deals with school, boys, friends, family and more. Ali is an advice columnist for Discovery Girls Magazine and she tackles questions from girls on a variety of topics that come up in girls lives.
The fourth title is My Worst Day...and How I Survived It, Inspiring Stories from Girls Who Have Overcome Tough Times. These seven chapters cover When You Don't Fit In, Friendship Troubles, When Parents Let You Down, Tough Times for Families, Loss, Making Amends, and Living with Disabilities.
As a mother and a child counselor, I LOVE this series! The authors did an excellent job in addressing the issues of middle school girls (and younger and older, too). The books are written in simple, easy to read language. Girls will easily identify with situations in the books. The advice given is solid and encourages positive self-image, confidence and character building. Girls will learn to grow from disappointments and failures. They will learn to seek solid advice and are encouraged them to talk to their parents (who really just might know a thing or two). In my opinion, this is a must read for any middle school girl. In an ideal world, schools would adopt these books in their curriculum along with group discussions. If they did, test scores might go up because girls might navigate the middle school years with ease and be able to focus more on school. But, since that is not likely to happen, I do recommend having teen daughters read this series. (Moms might learn a thing or two from the Friendship book themselves.)
These books are sold in stores or can be purchased as as series from Amazon.com. They are definitely worth every penny!
Disclosure: I received Discovery Girls Middle School Survival Guide Series in order to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review. As always, this review contains my honest opinions.