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"Relatable examples with guidance fleshed out in clear explanations, which form an easily navigable roadmap...Never feels clinical...Sage advice for frustrated parents." -- Kirkus Reviews. Through their years of working with Middle Schoolers and their parents, Leslie king, LCSW, and Darryl Sollerh have developed a deeply compassionate yet realistic approach that takes into consideration both the parent and child's point of view. filled with examples, they examine the likely flashpoints for family conflicts, from Middle Schooler social lives to their homework habits, from their moodiness and misrepresentations to their calls for fairness, from their demands for independence to their need for dependence. King and Sollerh's approach, at heart, seeks to spark an empathetic awakening in both parent and child, not only as they each meet the initially difficult phases of any challenge or crisis, but also as they move into the future, guided by a new awareness capable of supporting their ongoing efforts to grow in a relationship of shared dialogs, mutual respect and deepening understanding. Or as King and Sollerh envision it: the dance.

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