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From Santa to Sexting: Helping Your Child Safely Navigate Middle School and Shape the Choices that Last a Lifetime Paperback – January 9, 2012
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About the Author
Kristen Blair is an education columnist and writer. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Charlotte Observer, the Durham Herald-Sun, and Carolina Journal. Kristen has worked on family and educational policy at the national level for the federal government, a presidential commission, and Empower America. She and her husband Greg are the parents of two children, a tween and a middle school graduate. They live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
Authors Hunter and Blair have combined fierce love of children, years of professional and familial experience, hoards of careful research, and passion for America's faith and future, in order to GIFT every reader with knowledge and tools otherwise inaccessible to him or her. As chapters unfold, meaty information about middle school life in general narrows to provide sharp, and sometimes startling, insight into cell phone, gaming, and social media dangers, as well as the depths of bullying, sexting, depression and teen suicide.
As a single mom, and also a believer in the power of faith in God, I close this book feeling both terrifically disturbed, and profoundly empowered to make informed and intentional choices that will positively affect the lives of my boys (and all posterity) forever.
Thank you SO much, Brenda and Kristin, for the personal sacrifice, skill, vulnerability, and courage that you have laid on the altar of conviction. May America's tweens and teens be blessed as committed parents choose to read and make hard decisions that will brightly color and shape their future.
I enjoyed the informative portions of this book a great deal. Some of the opinions and the less-than-subtle moral agenda didn't fly with my personal take on things, but I also have to say I can understand why the authors have come to some of their feelings on certain issues concerning middle schoolers.
I particularly found the chapter on Empathy very intriguing. Empathy was defined as the ability to feel someone else's feelings, but separating them from your own. The authors explored how this has gained cultural awareness because of the current upsurge in bullying. Even with schools attempting to teach empathy, instruction is only a secondary component. Empathy is learned by parents loving and showing a child empathy. It's not simply gained through cognitive-behavioral education. We can help redirect this in children by modeling empathy. When children of any age are shown empathy, they learn empathy and can then begin to demonstrate empathy to others in their social awareness.
I do part ways with the authors on their position regarding technology and social media. They pretty much purport that children should not have cell phones or access to social media until high school. While I believe in moderation of media consumption, including TV and video games, I don't lean as far towards limitation as they do (this could be because I'm a bit of a techno-geek and and user of social media.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very important subject for all parents to read. We must be aware of the dangerous pitfalls awaiting our children in schools and social media. Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by Amazon Customer
As a teacher to middle schoolers and a parent of a pre-teen I highly recommend this book. Written from a Christian perspective, it helped me solidify some principles we are... Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Joanna
This book had some helpful information,but much of it is common knowledge -- things that I already knew. I wish I would have checked it out at the library instead of buying it.Published on November 26, 2012 by Kelly Mom of 2
To the authors' credit, they apparently have met and talked to actual middle school students, which is more than some authors seem to have done; so, two stars instead of one. Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by Penny Thoughtful
Parenting is not for the faint-of-heart! If you're a parent and you feel like you need some help in parenting your tween or teen, "From Santa To Sexting" by Brenda Hunter and... Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by Craig T. Owens
From Santa to Sexting is a book that every parent must read.
Every. parent. Read more