8 Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success (Penguin/Random House 2023)
“Michelle Icard is a gift to every parent being bounced around by the waves of advice and expertise. The setbacks are coming. So are the overreactions and regrets. Hold this book close. Refer to it often. Share with your partner. This is terra firma.” – Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place and Tell Me More and Host of the podcast Kelly Corrigan Wonders and the PBS Show, Tell Me More
Every child messes up, sometimes in ways that seem sure to wreck their futures: a bad report card, poor sportsmanship, underaged drinking. These are tough moments for parent and child alike, often complicated by the fear that the misstep is also an indictment of our parenting. But what each of these “fails” has in common for our kids is the precious silver lining of a chance for character building and developing more grit—if we help them process their mistake well.
An invaluable playbook for anxious parents everywhere, Eight Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success offers specific and invaluable advice about what to say, what not to say, and what to do to help children in eight categories of tense situations.
Are you a fan of bullet journaling? Download our free guide to journaling your way through 8 Setbacks! New to bullet journaling? Think of it as a combo journaling – adult coloring book – note-taking activity!
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Once you have your pages, you can cut them and tape/glue them into any A5 size bullet journal. Have fun!
Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen: The Essential Conversations You Need to Have With Your Kids Before They Start High School (Harmony/Random House 2021)
“Icard lays out exactly how to start the critical conversations we want to have with our teenagers, keep these key discussions going, and steer clear of common missteps that often close down lines of communication. This book is a gift to parents and teenagers alike.” – Lisa Damour, PhD., author Untangled and Under Pressure
The fourteen essential conversations to have with your tween and early teenager to prepare them for the emotional, physical, and social challenges ahead, including scripts and advice to keep the communication going and stay connected during this critical developmental window.
Trying to convince a middle schooler to listen to you can be exasperating. Indeed, it can feel like the best option is not to talk! But keeping kids safe—and prepared for all the times to come when you can’t be the angel on their shoulder—is all about having the right conversations at the right time. And from a brain growth and emotional readiness perspective, there is no better time for this than their tween years, right up to when they enter high school.
Middle School Makeover: Improving The Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years (Routledge, 2014)
Middle School Makeover pairs reliable scientific research about adolescent development with Michelle Icard’s personal, extensive experience working with middle-school-aged kids and their parents to offers concrete and practical advice for heling tweens through the socially fraught world of middle school. It’s the primer for the social and emotional changes parents and kids navigate when mid-life meets middle school under one roof.
“Affirming, spot-on advice for guiding kids through the difficult middle school years, blending practicality, and gentle humor.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Was middle school bad enough when you were going through it? Is facing middle school again through your child’s experience giving you pause and anxiety? Worry no more. Michelle Icard has done an incredible job of offering parents not just the empathy they seek but the strategies they need to navigate their child’s middle school year with wisdom, grace, and foresight. Icard so deftly blends storytelling, research, and guidance, you’ll feel like you are having lunch with that smart, compassionate friend who never lets you feel defeated. Middle School Makeover will empower you to capably and calmly parent through the hard times and inspire you to celebrate through them, too.” —Rosie Molinary, author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance
For information on review copies of Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen, please contact Marnie Cochran with Harmony/Random House.
For information on Middle School Makeover, please contact Quinn Davidson.
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Michelle’s literary agent is Anna Sproul-Latimer of Neon Literary Agency.
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