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Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Through vividly written case studies and a reader-friendly question-and-answer format, Mom, They’re Teasing Me is full of specific, how-to advice for parents to help their children navigate the sometimes harsh terrain of social life–which includes name-calling, after-school fights, esteem-crushing cliques, and malicious exclusion by the popular kids. Through thoughtful dis ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2002)
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I like the authors' perspective in these issues. I guess the book is somewhat reassuring. My impression is that it is better at giving guidelines about when to vs. when not to get involved rather than what should be done. Some of the question/answer sections are valuable if your kid is having that particular problem. More valuable than the last book on the subject that I read...
Seems more useful for teachers than parents, also while he has measured counsel on a few points, his viewpoint is sort of negative, that kids are horrid and cruel. I think a more current book (post Wonder) would highlight the power parents, teachers and kids have to see beyond and be kinder and more inclusive. Maybe I am naive. I was looking for tips for my child who has a sometimes visible ailment that her classmates notice and found nothing of use for how she can better deal with questions com ...more
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand the "big picture" surrounding bullying in schools and in society. Instead of consoling targets and punishing bullies, this book advocates preventive measures for bullies and the empowerment of targets. I am starting to see that regular, consistent training for members of any social group (such as an elementary school classroom) in positive social skills is a must. This book is going to become part of my permanent tool box.
This book was insightful in distinguishing between what is normal and abnormal in childhood social situations. It was helpful in illustrating many of the situations children experience in elementary, jr. high and high school. It also made me realize that often what we think might be a traumatizing situation for our child turns out to be not that bad. My only wish was that there was a little more advice on how to help children cope with the all too real pain of exclusion and teasing.
Excellent, helpful book. One of the things I find most challenging about being a parent are the social issues my child faces in interacting with other children. This book gives great advice for parents and educators in helping children through the ups and downs of social living without living their childhood for them (or imposing your own childhood woes on them).
This book was the most realistic representation of childhood I've ever read. But I felt that most of the advice was how to have a more accurate perception of what was going on in your child's life, not as much how to help him or her change what was going on for the better.
Interesting discussion of what is truly problematic and what is just "normal social pain".
Feb 03, 2013 Ruth rated it 5 of 5 stars
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A great book for teachers to read.
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psychologist, school consultant and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools and parenting
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