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 and 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:
Why PTA meetings and Back-to-School nights tap into parents' deepest insecurities
How to recognize the archetypal moms and dads, from Caveman Dad to Hovercraft Mom
How and when to step in and step out of your child's conflicts with other children, parents, teachers, or coaches
How to interpret the code phrases other parents use to avoid (or provoke) confrontation
Why too many well-meaning dads sit on the sidelines, and how vital it is that they step up to the plate
What to do and say when the playing field becomes an arena for people to bully and dominate other kids and adults
How to have respectful yet honest conversations with other parents about sex and drugs when your values are in conflict
How the way you handle parties, risky behavior, and academic performance affects your child
How unspoken assumptions about race, religion, and other hot-button subjects sabotage parents' ability to work together
Wiseman also 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 and Kingpin Dads is essential listening 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.
©2006 Rosalind Wiseman; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.