An eye-opening and practical handbook on the social competition between parents. In her groundbreaking international bestseller, Queen Bees and Wannabes, Rosalind Wiseman revealed the social hierarchy and unspoken rules of Girl World and Boy World, and how parents could help their teenage daughters. Now in Queen Bee Mums and Kingpin Dads she reveals the unspoken rules of Perfect Parent World, a place in which a few parents set the rules for all parental involvement, the perceived standards are virtually impossible to achieve, and most parents feel frustrated or disempowered. Perfect Parent World leaves parents of teenage children struggling over involvement - what's appropriate and what's not in school and in their children's social lives. Often the problem is not the lack of parental involvement but, according to Wiseman, an excess of the wrong type of involvement - with parents acting out their own issues through their kids. It's a world that has parents reliving the traumas and dilemmas of their youth - and being surprised to learn that those decades-old obsessions are still alive.
'Queen Bee Mums and Kingpin Dads' is honest and wise. As a father, I found the insights, stories and practical information in this book very powerful.' - Michael Gurian, author of The Minds of Boys and the Wonder of Girls Rosalind Wiseman is a cofounder of the Empower Program, a non-profit organisation that works to empower adolescent girls and boys and stop violence. She is an adviser to Liz Claiborne's Women's Work program and has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN, and in publications such as USA Today and the Washington Post. She lives in Washington, D.C.