2013 ParentMap Lecture Series: Rosalind Wiseman

September 19th, 2013

by Katrina Brooke

Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes, a massive bestseller and the basis of the hit film Mean Girls, upended assumptions about how teenage girls relate to one another. But lost in the attention was an equally important and vulnerable group: boys.

Less prone to talk about their feelings and stereotyped as settling every dispute with a fistfight, boys face social issues that have long been ignored as an important key to understanding their behavior.

Wiseman, a mother of two boys, now pulls back the curtain on “Boy World,” creating a vital roadmap for parents, teachers, and leaders to better understand boys and provide the critical support they need to succeed and be happy.

Working collaboratively with middle-school and high-school boys for over two years, Wiseman has explored their complicated, emotional world. What she learned is fascinating, and critically important for all of us to know as research shows that boys in the United States are struggling.

Boys commit suicide at five times the rate of girls, do worse in school, have more social problems, and are less likely to attend college. Boys feel pain and need support just as much as girls — but they’re far more likely to hide their feelings, claim everything is “fine”, and believe that adult involvement will only make their lives worse. We owe it to our boys to break through communication barriers so we can recognize what they’re dealing with.

Wiseman uncovers what really matters to boys, how to build trusted relationships with boys and social dynamics that influence their interactions and motives. Wiseman has identified common-sense solutions to deal with the frequent struggles between boys and their parents.

Wiseman will present her key findings in selected cities around the country. We are pleased to co-host her talk in Seattle. Optional reception precedes the talk.

Signed copies of Wiseman’s brand new book will be available: MASTERMINDS AND WINGMEN Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World (Harmony Books; On-Sale Date September 10, 2013, $25.00),


Rosalind WisemanThe Secret Life of Boys: How to Help Your Son Thrive October 8, 2013 at Town Hall, Seattle Tickets: $20 Topic age range: 6-18 years Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes, a massive bestseller …


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