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Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads by Rosalind Wiseman, Elizabeth Rapoport

Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads

Coping with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Rule -- or Ruin --Your Child's Life

by Rosalind Wiseman, Elizabeth Rapoport
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  • Mar 1, 2006
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Some useful tips from Rosalind Wiseman (more at The Seattle Times):

  • If you have a problem with a parent, teacher etc, speak one-on-one first because challenging someone's authority in front of others is likely to backfire.
  • Avoid inflammatory words. E.g. trade "acknowledge" for "apologize."
  • Be wary of "advocates" - however strongly a parent may feel about his/her child's cause it doesn't warrant uncivil behavior.
  • Don't promise you won't get involved. It's usually best to give kids a chance to resolve issues on their own, but with adult support.
  • Step in if you see a pattern of unfairness or disrespect. But in most cases, let kids work out grades with teachers.
  • Gather information first. There are always two sides to a story!
  • Don't go above someone's head until you and your child have tried addressing the issue.
  • Don't make friendship the goal. If you speak with other parents about the way their child is treating yours, be clear that you aren't saying the kids have to stay friends.

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