Finding Normal in the Middle School Years

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Parenting the Middle School Years

Hormones, peer pressure and all the other reasons you no longer recognize the person living in your child's bedroom. Explore why our middle schoolers seem like strangers - and how we can stay connected to and communicate effectively with our teens.


Michael Dib, EdD Principal, Brownell Middle School

Michael Dib, EdD has been an educator for over 31 years. The first fourteen years were spent teaching grades 2-6. Mike has also been an elementary principal for five years and an adjunct professor at Oakland University.

Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW Clinical Therapist in Private Practice

Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW is a member of the The Family Center's Association of Professionals, Advisory Council and Program Planning Committee. She is a Clinical Therapist who works with children, adolescents and adults.


Presented by The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods in partnership with
Brownell Middle School
Grosse Pointe Public School System

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