How parents re-live high school traumas at Back-to-School night

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How parents re-live high school traumas at Back-to-School night

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It is not uncommon to go to school for a Back-To-School night or to a PTA meeting or a Booster Club meeting and all of a sudden feel like you’re 15 again. You know, the smell of a school sometimes could be a huge trigger for parents. And it can be really, really stressful. So here is what I want you to think about when you’re wanting to participate in these things. And I really mean that, I mean wanting to participate. You’re not a better or worse parent for your contributions to these events or to these groups, you know? Absolutely, it is true that schools depend on these parent organizations to do a tremendous amount of work, but if it is too much for you, it is too much for you and that is okay. It has nothing to do with your relationship with your child. You can have a fabulous relationship with your child and never attend a PTA meeting or a Booster Club meeting. So I know that it is important for everybody to chip in and help out at the school, but what’s most important is your relationship with your child. And if you have a very limited amount of time, and you want to spend that with your child instead of going to the PTA meeting, then spend it with your child.

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Rosalind Wiseman

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Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. Rosalind is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the groundbreaking, fully-revised edition of her bestselling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. Her follow-up book, Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, addresses the social hierarchies and conflicts among parents and is now being made into a major motion picture by New Line Cinema. In 2010, Rosalind published the  young adult novel Boys, Girls, & Other Hazardous Materials, which was recognized by the American Library Association as one of their Most Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.  She is now writing a set of companion books for boys and their parents, scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2013. In addition, Rosalind has written the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 6-12 which is in widespread use across the country.  She writes the monthly “Ask Rosalind” column in Family Circle magazine, and is regular contributor to several blogs and websites. Also, Rosalind is a spokesperson for LG’s Text-Education Council that aims to inform parents about responsible monitoring of teen cell phone usage. Each year Rosalind works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, counselors, coaches, and administrators to create communities based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity. In 2011, she was one of the principal speakers at the White House Summit on Bullying.  Other audiences have included the American School Counselors Association, International Chiefs of Police, American Association of School Administrators, and countless schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. National media regularly depends on Rosalind as the expert on ethical leadership, media literacy, and bullying prevention.  She is a consultant for Cartoon Network’s Speak Up, Stop Bullying campaign. She is a frequent guest on the Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360 and Dateline.  She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, Oprah, Nightline, CNN, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio affiliates throughout the country. Rosalind holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Occidental College. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two sons.

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