Critical Connection is full of thought-provoking stories and practical advice that will help parents raise healthy young teens, inside and out. It teaches parents how to build healthy, loving families that their 10-14-year-olds can rely on for safety, support, and unconditional love. Kids at this stage of development may not admit it, but they need a stronger connection with their parents than ever before. At this stage in life, parents must seek after a better understanding of the age and try new ways to connect with and guide their children.
It discusses how to:
- Connect with your middle school child
- Build a healthy family life
- Discipline with love
- Create resiliency and independence in your child
- Foster a healthy social life in middle school
- Guide their academic, athletic, and artistic life
- Handle the new media and electronic devices
- Develop work ethic and financial sense
Critical Connection is an Amazon Bestseller and has earned 4.9 stars on 44 reviews.
People who loved Gary Chapman's Five Love Languages of Children will love this book.
The Critical Connection Workbook is also now available on Amazon for just $2.99. It is designed for deeper personal introspection and for small group discussions. It is the perfect companion for those who love this book and want to go even deeper.
Andy Kerckhoff has been a full-time educator for 25 years in Texas, Montana, and Missouri. He teaches Global Studies at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. He also coaches cross country and teaches an outdoor adventure class in the summer. He has been the principal of an elementary school, a teacher at an alternative high school, and a middle school coach.
Kerckhoff has been married for 24 years and has two teenagers in the house.
Growing Up Well is Kerckhoff's blog which was launched in 2009.
"I actually underlined a powerful insight on every single page of the book! Andy uses his experiences to help parents meaningfully connect with kids. I have read a lot of parenting books and this is one of the very best. - Rachel Macy Stafford, best-selling author of Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life.
"Critical Connection will give you the hands-on wisdom and will provide success in establishing a stronger heart-to-heart connection. It is a must-have tool that every mom and dad should get to help them navigate those tumultuous years. It's the best resource I have read in three decades!" - Ward Wiebe, Director of K-West summer camp for ages 12-14
"I am a parent to three teenage children, and after reading Critical Connection, I sure wish I had this book a few years ago! It is a must-have for parents of young teens. This is an easy book to recommend to others. I look forward to not only reading it through again to glean more ideas, but also to purchasing copies for friends who would appreciate the encouragement and challenges." - Mike Weinberg, sales coach and author of the best-selling New Sales. Simplified.
"When your kids hit middle school, it's time to make sure they learn responsibility along with independence. That can require parents' patience, prayers, and perhaps a peek at this very book!" - Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids
"Any parent would benefit from reading this book and seriously grappling with its truths, insights, and suggestions, especially in the area of social media and its profound impact on today's teens." - Jim Marsh, Director of the Van Lunen Center, Calvin College