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Using Movies to Start Meaningful Conversations—A Guidebook for Parents and Children Ages 10 – 14
by Rhonda A. Richardson, PhD and A. Margaret Pevec, MA
ISBN-13: 978-1-889242-31-6; $12.95, trade paperback
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Over 1100 middle schoolers (ages 10–14) answered this: “If you could ask your mom or dad one question and know you would get an honest answer, what question would you ask?” Real questions asked by the children led to the topics in this family-focused guidebook for keeping lines of communication open during the transformative middle-school years. Themes include—
extended families peers and friendships
parents as individuals romantic relationships
parents as a couple (or not) school
the child’s early years work
support and conflict adulthood
trust and responsibility life

Each chapter discusses the theme’s importance to children ages 10–14 and summarizes a recommended movie (including cautions). Next, both the parent and the child get their own talking points and additional easy-to-do activities. Space is also provided for kids to write specific burning questions of their own.

“If you’re tired of getting little response when trying to converse with your middle schooler, you need this book!” —Judy Galbraith, author, When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers

“An intriguing, novel, and nonthreatening approach for getting parents and kids energetically involved with each other.” —Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, author, 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2­12

“The key to positive development among young people is high quantities of high quality time with their parents. This book gives parents and their children the knowledge and skills for engaging in warm, rich, and mutually beneficial relationships. It will be a vital resource for families navigating the early years of adolescence.” —Richard M. Lerner, PhD, Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University

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