Read this great Washington Post article by middle-school expert Phyllis Fagell. Many teenagers find themselves in all these roles at different times: bully, victim, hero. As parents, coaches, and mentors, it's our job to guide them through the first two, and encourage them in the third.
I recently received an email from Kathy P., the mother of a teenager. Reactions like this are the real payoff for the four years I spent working on this book. Thanks, Kathy! I started reading Mentoring Teenage Heroes this morning at 9:50AM. At 11:45AM I had finished your book, didn't pause for a second, I actually couldn't. That's how compelling I found it. With [my son] sleeping the morning and early afternoon away, I am mixed with feelings of comfort and anxiety. After rea