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Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescenceby Rosalind Wiseman
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The Basis for the Movie Mean Girls
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? She does.
This groundbreaking book takes you inside the secret world of girls friendships, translating and decoding them, so parents can better understand and help their daughters navigate through these crucial years. Rosalind Wiseman has spent more than a decade listening to thousands of girls talk about the powerful role cliques play in shaping what they wear and say, how they feel about school, how they respond to boys, and how they feel about themselves. In this candid and insightful book, Wiseman discusses:
• Queen Bees, Wannabes, Targets, Torn Bystanders, and others: how to tell what role your daughter plays and help her be herself
• Girls power plays, from birthday invitations to cafeteria seating arrangements and illicit parties, and how to handle them
• Good popularity and bad popularity: how cliques bear on every situation
• Hip Parents, Best-Friend Parents, Pushover Parents, and others: examine your own parenting style, “Check Your Baggage,” and identify how your own background and biases affect how you relate to your daughter
• Related movies, books, websites, and organizations: a carefully annotated resources section provides opportunities to follow up on your own and with your daughter
Enlivened with the voices of dozens of girls and parents and a welcome sense of humor, Queen Bees and Wannabes 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.
"Wiseman's straightforward humor, sound advice and practical approach make this a must-read for anyone involved in the lives of teenage girls." Publishers Weekly
"[E]xcellent....[A]dmirable, groundbreaking insight into an all-too-common issue...[this book] will be invaluable to any adult struggling to help a girl get through her teens." Gillian Engberg, Booklist
"[A] must-have....The book is remarkably clear of jargon, making it totally accessible for any reader. The tone is conversational, the advice is direct, and the insights invaluable." Teri Lesesne, VOYA
"Who?s in? Who?s out? Who?s cool? Who?s not? Why is one girl elevated to royal status and another shunned? Queen Bees and Wannabes answers these unfathomable questions and so many more. Wiseman gives parents the insight, compassion, and skill needed to guide girls through the rocky terrain of the adolescent social world. This is such an honest and helpful book; we recommend it highly." Nina Shandler, author of Ophelia?s Mom and Sara Shandler, author of the bestselling Ophelia Speaks
"Laced with humor, insight, and practical suggestions, Queen Bees and Wannabes is the one volume that?s been missing from the growing shelf of girl-centered publications. Wiseman explains the inner workings of teen culture and teaches parents, educators, and peers how to respond." Whitney Ransome and Meg Miln Moulton, executive directors, National Coalition of Girls? Schools
"Rosalind Wiseman invites us into the 'Girl World' with insight, honesty, and humor. Based on the most thorough, helpful research I know of, this book should be required reading for parents, teachers, and health professionals." Edes P. Gilbert, acting president, Independent Educational Services
"Wise, humorous, life-affirming advice for parents that is utterly respectful of girls. I recommend parents mark it up, turn the corners of pages, and heed Wiseman?s creative and practical strategies for guiding girls along the sometimes treacherous pathways of growing up today. Queen Bees and Wannabes is Mapquest for parents of girls, from fifth grade all the way to young adulthood." Patricia Hersch, author of A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence
"Wiseman cuts through wishful parental thinking with a wonderful mixture of humor, facts, girls? voices, and a healthy dollop of reality. No, the harm cliques cause is not a natural fact of life. Wiseman gives us both hope and strategies to help our girls (and boys) build a more healthy, nurturing world for themselves." Joe Kelly, author, Dads and Daughters: How to Inspire, Understand and Support Your Daughter When She's Growing Up So Fast, executive director, Dads and Daughters
Queen Bees and Wannabes has already generated a storm of publicity attention. Author Rosalind Wiseman, her book, and her work with adolescent girls have been profiled in a New York Times Magazine cover story as well as on The Oprah Show, Good Morning America, and CNN. Like Reviving Ophelia, the pioneering book in this genre, Queen Bees and Wannabes now stands to enjoy its greatest success in paperback.
When Rosalind Wiseman first published Queen Bees & Wannabes, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls friendships and conflicts–from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influenced by their interactions with one another.
Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her groundbreaking book for a new generation of girls and explores:
•How girls experiences before adolescence impact their teen years, future relationships, and overall success
•The different roles girls play in and outside of cliques as Queen Bees, Targets, and Bystanders, and how this defines how they and others are treated
•Girls power plays–from fake apologies to fights over IM and text messages
•Where boys fit into the equation of girl conflicts and how you can help your daughter better hold her own with the opposite sex
•Checking your baggage–recognizing how your experiences impact the way you parent, and how to be sanely involved in your daughters difficult, yet common social conflicts
Packed with insights about technologys impact on Girl World and enlivened with the experiences of girls, boys, and parents, the book that inspired the hit movie Mean Girls offers concrete strategies to help you empower your daughter to be socially competent and treat herself with dignity.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -327) and index.
About the Author
ROSALIND WISEMAN is cofounder of the Empower program, a not-for-profit organization that works to empower girls and boys to stop violence. She is an advisor to Liz Claibornes Womens Work program and has been featured on The Oprah Show and CNN and in publications such as USA Today, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She lives in Washington, D.C.
From the Hardcover edition.
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