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The Roller-coaster Years

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
For the 20 million parents of 10- to 15-year-olds, The Roller-Coaster Years is a lively guide to mastering the ups and downs of early adolescence. Every parent knows about the terrible twos and the brooding teens, but few have anticipated the wild ride of these magical yet maddening years that can provide all the thrills and chills of a carnival ride.

Now, drawing together
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 5th 1998 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published 1997)
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Filled with quite a bit of practical information and insight, but did feel a little outdated, and included a lot that felt irrelevant to my specific circumstances. 3.5 stars
Nice overview of 10-15 yr olds/"Middlers": Kids this age develop sophisticated reasoning & sense of humor, still need and seek approval of adults, believe they can make a difference, develop personal values, sympathetic and (with guidance) will meet needs of others. I found the parenting advice to be extremely basic, though.
Mar 08, 2014 Sandee rated it liked it
I guess, if anything, this book reminded me to be empathetic and helped me see that I wasn't totally screwing up navigating the teen years with my daughter. There was some helpful advice, some scary statistics, and some hope for the future!! I usually do not relate to parenting books but this one was ok.
Nov 01, 2008 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: haveread
The counselor at school suggested that we read and discuss this book with any parents interested in being involved with this book-club activity. This book is about understanding how best to live with/teach with middle-school students. It was accurate and informative.
Aug 13, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for parents of "middlers" (kids aged 10-14). It gave me a good insight on what kids that age are going through mentally and physically. Hopefully, it helps me understand and love my middlers even more.
Jun 19, 2009 LaDawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this book when my oldest daughter was around 12. It did help explain a bit of what she was going through. And I remember my own "roller coaster years" all too well!
Beth Shorten
Nov 19, 2016 Beth Shorten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dated but a good resource
Jun 20, 2011 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable trip down memory lane by a witty author
Jan 20, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First good one I have seen on the in between years. Child manual.
Jan 21, 2016 Priscilla rated it liked it
I loved learning about the internal, emotional worlds of middle schoolers.
Jul 05, 2013 Anne rated it liked it
Glad I read it, but really wish it was updated for modern times esp. vis a vis media/tech. It has helped me think through and anticipate life with my "middler."
Feb 26, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
One of the few books that talks specifically about the period before tweens/teens, i.e. 10 years old.
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