Stop Yelling, Start Listening -- Understanding Your Middle School Child

Leslie King, LCSW, and Darryl Sollerh offer a fresh, deeply compassionate yet practical approach that takes into consideration both the parent and their child's point of view. Filled with examples, they guide moms and dads through the likely flashpoints for family conflicts, providing insights that Kirkus Reviews calls "Sage advice for frustrated parents." More

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About Darryl Sollerh

Leslie King, LCSW, has worked as Crossroads School counselor in Santa Monica, CA. for 20 years while maintaining a private practice, working with both adults and children. She is also a single mother of three sons.

Darryl Sollerh, a writer, married, has also been a class teacher at Crossroads School (Literature, Ethics), and a tutor and mentor for the past 15 years, working with students of all abilities, as well as with parents and families in crisis.

We have worked with hundreds of families over the years, assisting them with a wide range of both short-term and ongoing parental and life challenges. Through our mutual belief in a compassionate yet practical response to the kinds of challenges most families face, we have developed what we have found to be a gentle, yet realistic approach that takes into consideration both the teens' and their parents’ point of view. In so doing, we seek to spark and support an empathetic awakening in both parent and child, not only as they each meet the initially difficult phases of any family challenge or crisis, but also as they move into the future, guided by a new, foundational awareness and understanding of each other – an awareness capable of supporting their ongoing efforts to grow and evolve in relationship through the years to come in a shared dialog of mutual respect and understanding. Or as we like to envision it: the dance.


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