In the first book to focus on the traumatic effects caused by cliques in our schools, an acclaimed parenting-advice team offers a fresh perspective and an innovative eight-step program to turn around the culture of cruelty that torments all students.
There have always been "in crowds," but today's social pressures force children into explosive, destructive, and even life-threatening situations. No matter what role your child plays in this schoolhouse drama--clique leader, victim, or innocent bystander--this book is a must-read. Giannetti and Sagarese have honed in on this little-understood phenomenon and come up with insights that parents can use immediately. Read Cliques to understand:
* Who the clique leaders are in your child's school
* What you can do NOW to help your child avoid abuse
* Times during the day when cliques are visible to adults
* Where in your school you should start to lobby for change
* Why your "innocent bystander" may not be so innocent
* How you can rid your child of bully-like behavior
Cliques is more than just a manual for cheering your child on--it brings hope and a truly comprehensive understanding of adolescent society to the millions of families struggling against this divisive force. Within its pages, you will find the tools you need to make a difference.
About the Author
Charlene C. Giannetti is the Editor of the award-winning website Woman Around Town for women in New York and Washington, D.C. She has been the recipient of numerous awards from the New York Press Club. A graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications, Charlene is a former editor at "Business Week" magazine and her articles have appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications. She is the co-author with Margaret Sagarese of seven books for parents of young adolescents: "The Roller-Coaster Years: Raising Your Child Through the Maddening Yet Magical Middle School Years" "Parenting 911: How to Safeguard and Rescue Your Child from Substance Abuse, Depression, Sexual Encounters, Violence, Failure in School, Danger on the Internet, and Other Risky Situations" "Cliques: Eight Steps to Help Your Child Survive the Social Jungle" "What Are You Doing in There? Balancing Your Need to Know with Your Adolescent's Need to Grow" "Boy Crazy! Keeping Your Daughter's Feet on the Ground When Her Head Is in the Clouds" "Good Parents, Tough Times" For the teacher market, Charlene and Margaret wrote "Keep Cliques and Bullies from Invading Your School." Charlene, an adoptive mother, is also the author of "Adoption: Parenthood Without Pregnancy" and "Who Am I? And Other Questions of Adopted Kids." She served on the advisory panel for the Association of Middle Level Education (previously the National Middle School Association), and is on the advisory committee for NYC-Parents in Action. She is on the board of Catholic Guardian Services, a family service agency in New York. She and her husband, Tom, have two adult children and divide their time between homes in New York City and Alexandria, Virginia.
Sagarese taught young adolescents for several years.