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The Struggling Child


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Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, consultant, and former seventh-grade teacher. He conducts workshops across the United States on social cruelty, children's friendships, and boys' development. With Catherine O'Neill Grace and Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., he co-authored Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children and Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems. With Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., he co-authored the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. He is also the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. Teresa Barker, who collaborated with Thompson on Raising Cain and Speaking of Boys, is a journalist and mother of three school-age children. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois.


"This readable, sensible book helps us see schools through the eyes of our children. Thompson is compassionate, wise, and well informed. He broadens our thinking about that important question, 'Is my child doing well in school?' "
-MARY PIPHER, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia

"The Pressured Child brilliantly reclaims childhood for children. Read this book, follow its advice, and you will reharmonize what has become a cacophonous childhood for many in this country. This book pierces to the heart with its arresting insights, its captivating anecdotes, and its spot-on advice."
-EDWARD M. HALLOWELL, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult
and Driven to Distraction

"A direct, compassionate, and tremendously honest book about the issues that really shape children's lives. Through his own wise and helpful insights, Michael Thompson makes us remember, visualize, and understand the emotional, social, and educational complexities of the school universe in which our children live and grow and, often, struggle. This is a book for parents who truly want to understand and truly want to help-compelling, reassuring, and valuable."
-PERRI KLASS, M.D., coauthor of Quirky Kids "Michael Thompson's depiction of the inner life of today's stressed kids is remarkable-poignant but also very sobering. Any parents who read this book are going to look at themselves and their kids in a whole new way. This is a book that can make a real difference in the lives of today's kids."
-ANTHONY E. WOLF, Ph.D., author of "Mom, Jason's Breathing on Me!" "Michael Thompson has written a very special book. For all parents who feel helpless because they no longer understand their children's daily struggle, The Pressured Child is a true gift, helping us to see life through young people's eyes. With the trenchant insights that only Michael Thompson can offer, he takes us along for a ride that few adults have ever known."
-RACHEL SIMMONS, author of Odd Girl Out:
The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

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