Hi! I'm Michelle Icard, parenting author and speaker, specializing in helping parents and kids through the middle school years. Thanks for visiting my school!

Please see my newest course: Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen, where you'll learn how to tackle big, thorny topics with your child before they start high school - and have fun doing it!

"What I love about Michelle’s teaching style is that she is accessible, relatable, honest, and has considered it all. I want to approach my tween in a non-judgmental, low pressure, loving way that centers his well-being as opposed to my anxiety, and her deep wisdom, thoughtful ideas, gentle humor, and understanding help me channel a curious and supportive energy that serves everyone better."

- Rosie M., mom of a 6th grade boy 

Hi, I’m Michelle.

I'm a speaker, author, and educator who helps kids, parents, and teachers navigate the complicated social world of early adolescence. My latest book, Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen (Harmony/Random House 2021) guides readers through the fourteen essential conversations parents need to have with their kids before they start high school. My first book, Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years, is a primer for the social and emotional changes parents and kids navigate when mid-life meets middle school under one roof.

I am a member of the TODAY Show parenting team and NBC News Learn. My work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Chicago TribuneCNNTime, and People Magazine. My middle school leadership programs, Athena’s Path & Hero’s Pursuit, have been implemented at schools across the country and I speaks around the globe at schools and parenting events.

I'm glad you're here!