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Queen Bees & Wannabes
Rate this book. Buy This Book. Enlivened with the voices of dozens of girls and parents, Queen Bees and Wannabes The basis for the movie Mean Girls , is compelling reading for parents and daughters alike. A conversation piece and a reference guide, it offers the tools you need to help your daughter feel empowered and make smarter choices. Parents Can Make A Difference In Girl World Do you feel as though your adolescent daughter exists in a different world, speaking a different language and living by different laws?
Wiseman Defending Ourselves: Prevention, Self-Defense, and Recovery from Rape , offers parents a guide to navigating the adolescent landscape. Acting as a liaison between "Girl World" and "Planet Parent," Wiseman helps parents understand their daughters' friendships, the power of cliques and the roles of girls within them including Queen Bee, Sidekick, Torn Bystander, Messenger and Target. The second half concentrates on boys, sex and drugs as well as what to do if your daughter needs professional help. Within each chapter, "Check Your Baggage" sections challenge parents to recognize their own biases and remember what it was like when they were teens; as well, Wiseman offers scripts for discussing difficult issues and advice on how to deal with them. The author also forthrightly addresses the issue of homosexuality.
Today is Apologies Day in Rosalind Wiseman's class -- so, naturally, when class lets out, the girls are crying. Not all 12 of them, but a good half. They stand around in the corridor, snuffling quietly but persistently, interrogating one another.
I read this book several years ago; I loved it then and I continue to recommend it to parents as a great guide to understanding the world of girls. I also saw Rosalind Wiseman speak in person several years ago, and I found her to have a down to earth, practical and reasonable approach to working with kids in these tough relational situations. Cliques can start forming in elementary school, and this book is a great guide to understanding all the dynamics that happen within one. While there are some topics in this book that are geared for more teen concerns like dating, I still find it to be a great read for parents with younger girls. The whole book has good information to know and you can always go back and revisit once they are experiencing those issues.