Book Review: How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years by Julie A. Ross


Title: How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years

By: Julie A. Ross

Genre: Non-Fiction/Self Help

Pages: 224

Release Date: January 1st, 2008

Publisher: McGraw Hill

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

“You never listen to anything I say!” Yesterday, your child was a sweet, well-adjusted eight-year-old. Today, a moody, disrespectful twelve-year-old. What happened? And more important, how do you handle it? How you respond to these whirlwind changes will not only affect your child's behavior now but will determine how he or she turns out later. Julie A. Ross, executive director of Parenting Horizons, shows you exactly what's going on with your child and provides all the tools you need to correctly handle even the prickliest tween porcupine.


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I can't stress the importance of preparing yourself for the tween years and beyond. Whether its talking to a parent or friend who has gone through these tough years with a child, or reading a book on the subject, it's important to know what you're getting yourself into. Personally, these years have been harder mentally than when my kids were toddlers, but maybe that's just me.

Julie A. Ross has wonderful stories and suggestions on how to manage a prickly porcupine of a tween. I don't know how many times I've reflected back on some of the words in this book with my honey badger/dark and brooding youngest child. That kid will be the death of me.

Favorite Quote:

"Relationship has to remain at the heart of every interaction we have with our middle schooler."

My rating for this book is 4 out of 5 stars. A good read, wouldn't call it a favorite though.

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