Parenting expert to speak at Cannon School

Child/teen expert and best-seller author Rosalind Wiseman will speak with parents at a community event held at Cannon School on Oct. 22.
Child/teen expert and best-seller author Rosalind Wiseman will speak with parents at a community event held at Cannon School on Oct. 22. COURTESY OF ROSALIND WISEMAN

Rosalind Wiseman, the parenting expert whose best-selling book on high school cliques inspired a Hollywood blockbuster starring Tina Fey, will speak Oct. 22 at Cannon School.

Wiseman, a child/teen expert who focuses on bullying and social justice issues, will offer parents techniques to help them navigate alongside their sons and daughters through the teenage years.

Wiseman has written numerous books on the topic. Her New York Times best-seller, “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World,” served as the basis for “Mean Girls,” a teen comedy that depicted the often-agonizing world of cliques for high school girls. The film starred Lindsay Lohan and featured Tina Fey, who also wrote its screenplay.

In her latest book, “Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World,” Wiseman tackles the kinds of issues adolescent boys are most likely to face.

With the surge of new technologies and the loudspeaker effects of social media channels, it’s a different world for teens today compared to when their parents were younger.

Wiseman’s insight into the realities unique to teens growing up in the 21st century has made her a sought-after guest in recent years, appearing on national television and radio programs, and as an expert at the White House Summit on Bullying in 2011.

Her peek inside the teenage world and her common-sense advice has made her a popular speaker among school administrators as well.

“Her books are really practical, and a lot of the things she talks about are questions that our parents have been asking, that they want answers to,” said Michelle Alexander, Head of Lower School. “We felt that she could really speak to the hearts of the issues our parents are facing.”

Wiseman’s program at Cannon School is sponsored by the Maria DeHaas Lecture Series, which offers free community presentations focused around family-centered topics. The series was named after former Cannon School counselor and parent, Maria DeHaas, who died in 2012.

Lisa Thornton is a freelance writer:

Want to go?

The Maria DeHaas Lecture Series presents Rosalind Wiseman, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Cannon Performing Arts Center, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Free and open to the public. Registration is required: For information about Rosalind Wiseman, go to