Mom, They're Teasing Me

Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems

By Michael Thompson
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345450111, 272pp.)

Publication Date: August 3, 2004

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Through vividly written case studies and a reader-friendly question-and-answer format, Mom, They’re Teasing Me is full of specific, how-to advice for parents to help their children navigate the sometimes harsh terrain of social life–which includes name-calling, after-school fights, esteem-crushing cliques, and malicious exclusion by the popular kids. Through thoughtful discussion and insightful suggestions, parents will discover

• The difference between real risk and normal social pain
• The appropriate time to intervene–and when to step back
• Tips on how to mediate between children–without appearing meddlesome
• The importance of teaching and encouraging leadership
• The redemptive power of friendship

Mom, They’re Teasing Me answers key questions about the many manifestations of social cruelty, offers compelling descriptions of prime “teasing” scenarios, and illustrates how to counter them. It is an indispensable book for involved parents who want to make their child’s formative years rich and rewarding.




About the Author
Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, consultant and former seventh grade teacher. He conducts workshops on the development of boys and social cruelty in childhood for both public and private schools across the United States. He is the author of "Speaking of Boys and coauthor, with Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., of "The "New York Times bestseller "Raising "Cain. The father of a daughter and a son, he and his wife observe children's friendships from their home in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Catherine O'Neill Grace, a writer and editor, is a former elementary, middle, and high school teacher, and was the editor of "Independent School magazine. She wrote a column for young readers about health and psychology in "The Washington Post for fifteen years, and is the author of numerous nonfiction books for children. She and her husband, a headmaster, live on the campus of a boarding school near Boston.
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