Do you feel as thought 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 better understand and help daughters navigate through these crucial years.
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.
This book helped me navigate the messy waters of high school that my teenage daughter is currently swimming through. Gave me insight and perspective about her experience and tools to engage in productive dialogue with her about those experiences.
This is a terrific book for anyone with a daughter. It provides a plethora of information about "girl dynamics" that most mothers know, but have forgotten. I think that every mother or father with a girl should read this book
As the father of a teen and a pre-teen girl, I was shocked and blown over by the fierce world my girls had suddenly stepped into. With the help of this book, I feel like I'm going from helpless victim to nominal expert on the intense and often vicious relationships awaiting my darlings with their peers, all desperately and very messily figuring out how to grow up in this society.
Enjoyable reading and marvelously informative.