Whether or not you’ve read one of her New York Times bestselling books, you’re probably familiar with Rosalind Wiseman’s work – you just might not know it. That’s because Rosalind is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, the book upon which Mean Girls is based.
It’s hard to believe, but the book is now 20 years old, and as relevant as ever. For many of us who watched Mean Girls as teenagers, we’re now preparing to parent adolescents ourselves. In today’s podcast episode, Georgie spoke to Rosalind about what it means to parents teenagers in today’s world, how the issues they face have changed (and how they haven’t!) and how we can support them through this rocky period of their lives.
Rosalind is now the founder of Cultures Of Dignity, working with communities to shift the way we think about young people’s physical and emotional wellbeing. She’s also a sought-after speaker and presenter, and the author of multiple books about parenting, bullying, adolescence, and more.
She spoke to us about:
- How social media has changed the world of girls
- Why we need to stop telling girls “I know what it was like to be your age”
- How we violate our children’s privacy by sharing them online
- How to talk to girls about their changing bodies
- The puberty ‘track’ and how girls compare themselves
- How sexual aggression is normalized for girls
- Why she’s not a fan of doing surveillance on your kids social media
- Why it’s important for other children to sometimes reject your child
- Why we need to stop talking at our kids
- How to talk to boys about consent and respect
- Her connection to the word dignity and why she believes it’s so important
You can find out more about Rosalind and her work here.
Follow Rosalind on Instagram @culturesofdignity