This is a series of five articles written for the parents of young teens, focusing on each of the modules that comprise the Kids Now program. Kids Now provides free skill-building programs for middle school students, helping them navigate the teen years and transition into high-school more successfully. To find out more about the program’s coping and development modules, resources for parents, and more, go to

For further information on topics that relate to the Kids Now series of articles (on building self-confidence, setting goals, strengthening relationships, developing confilict resolution skills, and dealing with stress), check out Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids by Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster (House of Anansi Press). For kids who have difficulty with pressures and task completion, see Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Kids Overcome Procrastination and Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate by Joanne Foster (Great Potential Press.) For additional resources, have a look at the wide range of articles accessible on the resources page at