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Are you a post-traumatic parent struggling to navigate the complexities of relational aggression and bullying? Tune in to today’s episode where we’ll dive into the world of relational aggression with Rosalind Wiseman, the author behind “Queen Bees and Wannabes” – the book that sparked the hit movie “Mean Girls.” 

You’ll discover how to empower your children and yourself to rise above bullying, maintain dignity, and foster respect in the face of life’s challenges. We’ll explore the invisible rules of social dynamics that can leave us feeling lost and the importance of understanding the difference between respect and dignity. Rosalind will share lots of practical examples on how to deal with passive-aggressive behavior within families and how to support your kids through discomfort without overprotecting them. 

This episode is a must-listen for any post-traumatic parent seeking to navigate these difficult social challenges so they can provide a healthy childhood for their children.


More about Rosalind Wiseman:

Rosalind Wiseman challenges us to understand the power of dignity to build courage, connection, and community. She is a speaker, writer, advisor, and thought leader on leadership, culture, conflict, and young people.

She is the author of nine books including the multiple New York Times Best Sellers: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World —the groundbreaking book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life. Her ninth book, published by Chronicle Books in the fall of 2022 with co-author Shanterra McBride, is Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Brave, Life Changing Conversations about Race and Racism.


Topics covered on Navigating Relational Aggression Bullying for Post-Traumatic Parents:

  1. What is relational aggression bullying, and how does it affect children, especially those with traumatic backgrounds?
  2. How did the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” inspire the movie “Mean Girls,” and why is it a must-read for understanding girl dynamics?
  3. Why are dignity and respect crucial in post-traumatic parenting, and how can parents ensure their children feel their inherent worth?
  4. How can post-traumatic parents help their kids navigate social challenges effectively?
  5. Practical examples of how to deal with passive-aggressive behavior without losing authenticity or self-respect.
  6. How to ask the right questions that lead to self-reflection and better management of difficult conversations.
  7. What strategies can post-traumatic parents use to manage their bandwidth and still connect authentically with their kids during tough times?


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More about Post Traumatic Parenting:

“How can I give my kids a normal childhood, when mine was anything but?” Post-Traumatic Parenting is the podcast for anyone who has ever asked themselves that question. Robyn Koslowitz, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and Post-Traumatic Parent, combines the fields of post-traumatic recovery and growth with our best understanding of how to raise Little Humans. Through interviews with experts in the fields of behavior science, psychology, trauma, and child development, as well as interviews with toy developers, children’s book authors, and anyone else who makes childhood a delight, Dr. Koslowitz explores how trauma impacts our parenting, and how to hack our traumas into superpowers and super-parenting.

Each week, Dr. Koslowitz unpacks how to survive and thrive as a Post-Traumatic Parent. She shares behind-the-scenes insights into the research that underlies what we know about parenting, child development, and trauma recovery. Each podcast provides actionable tips about how to transform our Post-Traumatic Parenting and how to turn our parenting journey into a post-traumatic growth experience. Dr. Koslowitz interviews some of the famous names in these fields, and some experts you’ve never heard of (but should have!). Ready to go from survivor to thriver? Ready to become the parent you’ve always dreamed of being? Join us!