We all want our kids to be happy, fulfilled and engaged their full potential — wherever their talents may lie. But navigating today’s parenting waters is tough. Knowing when and how to push and when (or how) to back-off is a skill we all have to continually hone. Enter gender differences. How you raise your daughter may be different than how you raise your son, simply because they are facing different social pressures.
Speaking of boys, are you raising a mastermind or a wingman?
Rosalind Wiseman‘s new book, Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World hits bookshelves this month. According to national statistics, 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 do ‐ 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.
That makes it tough for a parent, right?
MASTERMINDS AND WINGMEN helps expose boys’ thoughts on everything from cliques and social hierarchy, to dealing with lying (research shows that 96% of all kids lie to their parents), to social networking (few things are more valued and important in guy world), to problems with girls. Complicated issues that don’t make parenting easy.
It’s not just rhetoric and stats. Wiseman can relate. A mother of two boys, her book pulls back the curtain on “Guy 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. Wiseman worked collaboratively for two years with 150 middle‐school and high‐school boys to write MASTERMINDS AND WINGMEN, exploring their own complicated, emotional world. And what makes this story even more unique is the fact that these boys also help Wiseman write a book for their peers, The Guide: Managing Douchebags, Recruiting
Her book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl Worldwas a massive bestseller and the basis of the hit film Mean Girls. This newest book is just as poignant an exploration into the world of boys and upends just as many assumptions we make about our children.
Want to learn more? Wiseman is bringing her book tour to Gilman School on September 11 at 7 pm, as her national book tour makes it’s Baltimore stop. Hosted by Gilman and held in their Alumni Auditorium, her FREE program will include a 60-minute presentation followed by a Q&A and book signing. No cost to participate and it’s open to the public; however, seating is limited. Click here to reserve a spot.
Rosalind Wiseman: Masterminds and Wingmen
60 Minute Workshop and Book Signing
September 11, 2013