Middle School Makeover

Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years

Michelle Icard

Bibliomotion books + media, May 2014

Middle School Makeover is a guide for parents and educators to help the tweens in their lives navigate the socially fraught hallways, gyms, and cafeterias of middle school. The book helps parents, teachers, and other adults in middle school settings to understand the social dilemmas and other issues that kids today face. Author Michelle Icard covers a large range of topics, beginning with helping us understand what is happening in the brains of tweens and how these neurological development affects decision-making and questions around identity. She also addresses social media, dating, and peer exclusion. Using both recent research and her personal, extensive experience working with middle-school-aged kids and their parents, Icard offers readers concrete and practical advice for guiding children through this chaotic developmental stage while also building their confidence.

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About the Author

Michelle Icard is an author, educator and social leadership strategist, who creates emotional relief for t(w)eens,  parents, and educators by providing clear wisdom and pragmatic tools that ease stress and create connection.

In 2004, Icard launched Athena’s Path, a curriculum that helps girls navigate the tricky middle school social scene. Shortly after, she added Hero’s Pursuit for boys, and in 2011 launched her website about how to parent middle school children: MichelleintheMiddle.com.

Athena’s Path & Hero’s Pursuit have been implemented in 30 schools, in six states and have impacted over 10,000 students. Over 250 teachers have been trained to implement the programs in schools. Michelle regularly speaks at schools and parenting events around the country and hosts Right in the Middle, a conference for girls headed to middle school and their moms. She has also written curriculum for other national programs for adolescents, including Girlology and Girls Rock the House. In addition to her own blog, Michelle writes for Your Teen Magazine, The Karina Chronicles and Charlotte Smarty Pants. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.