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Queen Bee Mums and Kingpin Dads: Coping with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches and Counsellors Who Can Rule, or Ruin, Your Child's Life [Paperback]

Rosalind Wiseman
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8 Jun 2006
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.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (8 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749926929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749926922
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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 'Essential.' INDEPENDENT

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'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.

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2.0 out of 5 stars How to micromanage your kids life, and then some 16 July 2014
If you’re a fan of useful tips, a smattering of humour, and fascinating insights into the Mommy (and Daddy) Wars, then this is NOT the book for you. Someone called Miss Wiseman (real name – no pun) a self-appointed, non-qualified, non-parent - has written a book all about parenting. What would possibly go wrong, folks?

Mildly informative yet condescending throughout, this book had such potential. After all, its title sets the bitchy tone perfectly. Yet, whilst the book IS more catty than a SATC reunion - and in that sense entertaining - it is needlessly so. The author seems to have a hyperbolic imagination of what bitchy mums ‘may’ be like, which she inflates beyond recognition. In reality, when a mum says she’s proud of her child, she is just that – proud of her kid. She’s not having a dig at other kids, honest. But the author is more than a little paranoid, and this hits you with all the subtly of Samantha Jones on Viagra.

Another thing: the book warns of the perils of micromanaging your child’s life – and then it goes on to recommend doing just that! Assorted busybody goings on include: drilling your child on correct confrontation etiquette; phoning other parents to negotiate on your teenager’s behalf; informing the school that you found porn in your kid’s bedroom (Why not just put his social status in the stocks and pelt it with fermented apples?)

Worth noting is the interesting (but relatively minute) section touching upon how socio-economic differences between families can engineer friendships. However that gem is overshadowed by the ‘mums as meddlers’, ‘dads as apathetic’ pigeonholing rhetoric that litters every chapter.

All-in-all, by reading this book you might learn a thing or two, but you’ll be rolling your eyes out of their sockets fast enough to negate any benefit.
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Fantastic book for how to negotiate other children's parents as well as difficult teachers once your kids start school. Really thorough and full of good advice and practical tips. Worth reading alongside Queen Bees and Wannabees if you have girls. Highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE OTHER EYE OPENER 5 Sep 2012
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