What happens to Queen Bees and Wannabes when they grow up?
Even the most well-adjusted moms and dads can experience peer pressure and conflicts with other adults that make them act like they're back in seventh grade. In Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads, Rosalind Wiseman gives us the tools to handle difficult situations involving teachers and other parents with grace. Reassuring, funny, and unfailingly honest, Wiseman reveals:
Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads is filled with the kind of true stories
that made Wiseman's New York Times bestselling book Queen Bees &
Wannabes impossible to put down. There are tales of hardworking parents
with whom any of us can identify, along with tales of outrageously bad
parentsthe kind we all have to reckon with. For instance, what do you do
when parents donate a large sum of money to a school and their child is
promptly transferred into the honors programwhile your son with better
grades doesn't make the cut? What about the mother who helps her daughter
compose poison-pen e-mails to yours? And what do you say to the parent-coach
who screams at your child when the team is losing? Wiseman offers practical
advice on avoiding the most common parenting "land mines" and useful scripts
to help you navigate difficult but necessary conversations.
Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads is essential reading for parents today. It offers us the tools to become wiser, more relaxed parents and the inspiration to speak out, act according to our values, show humility, and set the kind of example that will make a real difference in our children's lives.
Perfect Parent World, Land of Perpetual Judgment
"You couldn't pay me enough to go back to seventh grade."
People love to tell me this. Teachers, parents, counselors, principals, people on the street, people at parties--everywhere I go, people tell me that they shudder at the thought of waking up one day transported back to seventh grade. But when I tell them I'm writing a book on parents' social competition, their eyes grow wide with delight or dismay--and always with recognition. "Do I have a story for you," they say conspiratorially. Clearly, few of us have left seventh grade completely behind.
My goal in this book is to get you to do exactly what almost no one wants to do: Go back to seventh grade and understand how the lessons you learned as a child and adolescent affect the way you parent. And when I say "parent," I'm not just ...
Wiseman's first book exposed the bitchy world of cliques and "queen-bee" teens - but here she goes further into the hive, to explore the psyches of the queen bee moms (and king-pin dads) who were once teenagers and who, more often than not, are busily nurturing the next generation of "queen-bees". Wiseman counsels parents to find a happy medium between being overprotective parents and frighteningly passive - offering advice on how parents should approach difficult situations with coaches, teachers and, of course, other parents.
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Some useful tips from Rosalind Wiseman (more at The Seattle Times):
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