For the 20 million parents of 10- to 15-year-olds, "The Roller-Coaster Years" is a lively guide to mastering the ups and downs of early adolescence. Every parent knows about the terrible twos and the brooding teens, but few have anticipated the wild ride of these magical yet maddening years that can provide all the thrills and chills of a carnival ride.Now, drawing together the latest information from experts, supported and advised by the National Middle School Association, and with surprising insights from the authors' own surveys of parents, teachers, and the children themselves, "The Roller-Coaster Years" covers every facet of the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of early adolescents, including: r Appearance Anxietyr Distractibilityr Fears and Other Emotionsr The Battle for Independencer Sibling Rivalryr Success in Schoolr Friendship and Peer Pressurer Sexual Awakeningr The Lure of Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcoholr The Promise and Peril of Electronic Mediar Sticky Questions About Your Own PastCharlene C. Giannetti is a journalist and the author of three previous books. She is the mother of two children going through the roller-coaster years and lives in New York City. Margaret Sagarese taught young adolescents for several years and has written many books. She is the mother of one roller-coaster-years child and lives in Long Island, New York."Honest, insightful, contemporary and helpful. Seldom will you find solid research and sound advice packaged so engagingly."--John H. Lounsbury, National Middle School Association"Parenting children during the 'tween years from ten to fifteen is like buildinga bridge that enables young persons to cross from childhood into adulthood. The practical and informative tools in this book will help you bring out the best in your teenager--and yourself." --William Sears, M.D."Buckle-up and read "The Roller-Coaster Years" for its empathy, invaluable information, and practical tips. It is a well-researched and user-friendly guide that can help you help your child build skills, gain confidence, and prepare for the breathless ride toward high school."--Carol Weston, author of "Girltalk"