Parenting through a pandemic is no easy feat, as we’re all learning for the first time. But parenting middle schoolers seems extra challenging. But thanks to the insights of our guest Judith Warner, author of several best selling books and the new And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School, we’ve got a much better handle on understanding what they’re going through, and how to help them. And even if you don’t have middle schoolers, you’ll still appreciate this thoughtful conversation.

You can listen live right now — it’s our 200th episode! — then be sure you’re a Spawned subscriber on Apple Podcasts so you never miss an episode.

Judith Warner's new book: And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School

Here’s what we discussed on this episode

– How understanding the minds of middle schoolers has a lot to do with looking at ourselves.

– The differences between middle schoolers today and when we were middle schoolers. (Spoiler: Not that much!)

– What’s going on developmentally with middle schoolers that we should know about.

– What challenges parents of middle schoolers are seeing right now.

– Where we can start with our own middle schoolers to do better for them.

And a whole lot more. Be sure to grab a copy of Judith’s new book, And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School, which is available at bookstores now.  

Cool Picks of the Week

These customizable face masks from Apolis support families in need

This is not what Liz’s mask said… Kristen went political, of course! 

Judith: Ozark! Which is a CMP fave as well if you haven’t seen it yet.

Liz:  A customized mask that Kristen had made for her, that you can order for yourself. Proceeds support charity!

Kristen: Goldbelly.com, which we’ve featured lots on Cool Mom Eats, and this year in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

Top Photo by Chang Duong on Unsplash, CMP is a reward style affiliate

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