Dear Mom: Everything Your Teenage Daughter Wants You to Know But Will Never Tell You  -     By: Melody Carlson
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Dear Mom: Everything Your Teenage Daughter Wants You to Know But Will Never Tell You

WaterBrook Press / 2009 / Paperback

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Popular teen girls' novelist Melody Carlson helps moms cut through murky and uncharted waters so you can hear what your daughter is really trying to tell you through her anger, silence, and mixed messages. Dear Mom focuses on your daughter's heart and soul. Get to know her hopes and fears, doubts and dreams about her identity, guys, friendships, and even you. You can connect on a deeper, more intimate level that will carry both you and your daughter through the stormy seas of life.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1400074916
ISBN-13: 9781400074914
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Publisher's Description

Hear your daughter’s heart…
without the angst, arguments, or arm-wrestling

Raising a teen daughter can be like trying to chart a course underwater. You can drown in an ocean of one-word answers, defensive conversations, and unpredictable outbursts, and never get anywhere. Popular teen girls’ novelist Melody Carlson helps you cut through murky, deep, uncharted and seemingly unsafe waters so you can hear what your daughter’s really trying to tell you through her anger, silence, and mixed messages:

“I need you, but I won’t admit it.”
“I’m not as confident as I appear.”
“I have friends. I need a mother.”

Instead of focusing on outward behaviors, Dear Mom captures your daughter’s heart and soul. You can know your daughter’s hopes and fears, doubts and dreams about her identity, guys, friendships, and even you. And you can connect on a deeper, more intimate level that will carry both you and your daughter through the stormy seas of life.

Author Bio

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books for adults, children, and teens, with sales totaling more than three million copies. Beloved for her Diary of a Teenage Girl and Notes from a Spinning Planet series, she’s also the author of the women’s novels Finding Alice (in production now for a Lifetime-TV movie), Crystal Lies, On This Day, These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking, and A Mile in My Flip-Flops. A mother of two grown sons, Melody lives in central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. She’s a full-time writer and an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.

ChristianBookPreviews

Dear Mom by Melody Carlson is a great resource for any mother trying to build a relationship and reach understanding with her teenage daughter. Not everyone has the gift of decoding teenage angst and sarcasm. Melody Carlson is one of those rare people who has a close and accurate grasp on teenage girls' minds. For those who don't, this book is a must.

A favorite Bible verse of most parents is Ephesians 6:1, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Dear Mom illustrates the next part: Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers [and mothers], do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Are you ready to enter the mind of your teenage daughter and see what she has learned from you? The book is written in chapters with subsections told from a teenage daughter's point of view. Dear Momtries to illustrate one possible answer to the question, “What would daughters share with their mothers if they could speak without fear of judgment or punishment?”

For the most part the advice is relevant, clear, and creatively presented, instead of just throwing information in front of the reader to sort out. The book can't possibly speak to every situation, but it, nevertheless, is solid for a generalization. There are multiple topics and subtopics covered in the book, including spirituality, sexuality, communication, and relationships. Carlson, to keep the reader from getting lost, writes in a circular pattern, tying the middle to the beginning and then continuing forward. The style of the book makes the reader really feel like he or she is in the head of a teenage girl.

Whereas the book is directed toward mothers, I would recommend it to fathers as well, because the information learned is so useful. Teens and people just leaving their teens should be able to relate easily to most of the information presented. This book is not the complete answer to all teen problems, but it is a starting point for the journey ahead. – Rebekah Mosolf, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Endorsements

“What a valuable treasure chest of insights into the mind of a teenage girl! This carefully crafted book is a must-read for any mom who desires to see her relationship with her teenage daughter move past the volley of words that pass between them and move into a new season where they can be joined at the heart. Thank you, Melody, for this superb handbook that gives us a glimpse into the teenage mind and equips us with understanding.”
–Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Christy Miller series and the Sisterchicks novels

“You think this is a book? It’s really a bridge–no, a cord!–that will connect moms and daughters in a way to get through those turbulent teen years. Read it and reap!”
–Dr. Kevin Leman, best-selling author of Have a New Kid by Friday and Running the Rapids

“When it comes to mom-daughter relationships, Melody Carlson gets it. In fact, I think Melody must have had our house bugged. She understands and she cares. Dear Mom is honest, authentic, practical, and hopeful.”
–Jim Burns, PhD, author of Confident Parenting, Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality, and Creating an Intimate Marriage

“Ever want to be let in on the running commentary going on inside your daughter’s head? Now you can. With wit and honesty, Melody Carlson explains what every mom needs to know.”
–Rebecca St. James, author, singer, and actress

Publisher Summary

Hear your daughter’s heart...without the angst, arguments, or arm-wrestling

Raising a teen daughter can be like trying to chart a course underwater. You can drown in an ocean of one-word answers, defensive conversations, and unpredictable outbursts, and never get anywhere. Popular teen girls’ novelist Melody Carlson helps you cut through murky, deep, uncharted and seemingly unsafe waters so you can hear what your daughter’s really trying to tell you through her anger, silence, and mixed messages:

“I need you, but I won’t admit it.”
“I’m not as confident as I appear.”
“I have friends. I need a mother.”

Instead of focusing on outward behaviors, Dear Mom captures your daughter’s heart and soul. You can know your daughter’s hopes and fears, doubts and dreams about her identity, guys, friendships, and even you. And you can connect on a deeper, more intimate level that will carry both you and your daughter through the stormy seas of life.

Author Bio

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books for adults, children, and teens, with sales totaling more than three million copies. Beloved for her Diary of a Teenage Girl and Notes from a Spinning Planet series, she’s also the author of the women’s novels Finding Alice (in production now for a Lifetime-TV movie), Crystal Lies, On This Day, These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking, and A Mile in My Flip-Flops. A mother of two grown sons, Melody lives in central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. She’s a full-time writer and an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.

Editorial Reviews

“What a valuable treasure chest of insights into the mind of a teenage girl! This carefully crafted book is a must-read for any mom who desires to see her relationship with her teenage daughter move past the volley of words that pass between them and move into a new season where they can be joined at the heart. Thank you, Melody, for this superb handbook that gives us a glimpse into the teenage mind and equips us with understanding.”
–Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Christy Miller series and the Sisterchicks novels

“You think this is a book? It’s really a bridge–no, a cord!–that will connect moms and daughters in a way to get through those turbulent teen years. Read it and reap!”
–Dr. Kevin Leman, best-selling author of Have a New Kid by Friday and Running the Rapids

“When it comes to mom-daughter relationships, Melody Carlson gets it. In fact, I think Melody must have had our house bugged. She understands and she cares. Dear Mom is honest, authentic, practical, and hopeful.”
–Jim Burns, PhD, author of Confident Parenting, Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality, and Creating an Intimate Marriage

“Ever want to be let in on the running commentary going on inside your daughter’s head? Now you can. With wit and honesty, Melody Carlson explains what every mom needs to know.”
–Rebecca St. James, author, singer, and actress

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome book.
    August 9, 2011
    Christy
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It is just like my daughter wrote it to me. I love how she writes it as though she is the teenager.
  2. Atlanta
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 9, 2009
    Nora Finding Hope
    Atlanta
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Melodys new book Dear Mom, is eye opening and comforting at the same time. On the front cover it says, Everything your teenage daughter wants you to know but will NEVER tell you. How true is that! I did feel like these might be things my daughter would love to tell me, but wouldnt for fear of my reaction. It is crisp, gut level honest, and dynamic. I loved it.God didnt send us an instruction manuel for parenting children, wouldnt that be nice! We soon discover as parents what worked for one child doesnt necessarily mean it will work with the next. We never get this parenting thing down pat. Thank you Melody, for writing this book about our daughters hearts and lives; to help us remember what we went through as teenage girls. Oooh, the pain I remembered. Thanks for giving us hope in the middle of this pain.This is not a book of to dos but a book that takes you to the real heart of our girls. It helped me have a deeper understanding and compassion for my daughter. She doesnt live such a carefree life after all. This book reveals teenage life today; its heart felt and hysterical in parts. Here is a peek into a chapter Melody titled, Things I dont like; dont like about me and things I dont like about you.When you were my age, did your mother approve of your appearance 24/7? I dont think so, but maybe I should talk to Grandma about this. Im sure shed have something to say.I know that Ill be referring to this book again and again; you will too. Melody gives great insight for moms to help develop a special relationship with our daughters. This will assist you in your attempts to stay connected with your teenage girl and figure out a few things about yourself along the way. Thank you Melody, for this very meaningful and sensitive parenting tool. Its a wonderful find and a great treasure.Finding Hope Through Fiction & Beyondwww.psalm516.blogspot.com
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 23, 2009
    Sheri
    Learned a lot of things my daughter says are really not what they seem. Recommend to anyone with kids.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 5, 2009
    Heather Randall
    Melody Carlson is the author of the Diary Of A Teenage Girl series. I became familiar with her writing when I had my teenage cousin Shayla living with me. Shayla would read in her bedroom and come flopping herself onto the furniture and shriek in teenage excitement that this was the best book ever! This endorsement from a typical, hard to please teen was enough for me to respect Melody Carlson for her ability to connect with her audience.In Dear Mom (Everything Your Teenage Daughter Wants You To Know But Will Never Tell You), Melody weaves a beautiful dialogue from a teenage daughter to her mother.Through this rambling, stream of thought letter mothers will catch the heartbeat of their teen daughters. Its like climbing in a time machine and before long you remember making -or thinking- the same requests and complaints of your mother.Dear Mom is written like a letter from a teenager to her mother and it answers many important issues in relating to each other.Imagine being able to get inside your teenagers head, to understand why she pushes you away sometimes. Wouldnt it be nice to get to the bottom of the feelings, attitudes and emotions that they exhibit? Mixed messages can create a mess. Mothers need help, understanding and answers.Dear Mom is a sweet and carefully worded book that gives you the truth that most teenage girls arent prepared to admit. With raw conversation similar to reading a diary, this book captures the emotion and struggle of connecting with Mom.At the same time, its the kind of book a teenage girl should want her Mom to read. It says everything, while respecting the nature and trials of the teenage years. Its fair. Its realistic. Its honest. Its extremely readable.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 3, 2009
    Christy Lockstein
    Dear Mom by Melody Carlson is an invaluable book for mothers of teenage daughters. The book is written as a letter from a teenage daughter to her mother confessing the deepest needs and desires from her heart that your daughter will never actually reveal. First of all, I think that Carlson should cough up part of the proceeds to the actual author: my daughter. Because while Carlson's name is on the book, I swear that every word sounds as though it came straight from Molly's mouth! All kidding aside, Carlson nails the ambivalent, passive-aggressive, love you/hate you attitude that is second nature for teenage girls. And because it rings so true, I paid attention to every word. She offers solid advice about when to offer freedom and when to limit it, as well as the best ways to succeed at the nearly impossible task of not embarrassing your daughter. I gave the book to Molly to read to see if she agreed, and not only did she think that it sounded just like her, she occasionally pointed out specific passages to me that she wanted me to pay close attention to. I'm also a bit concerned that Carlson has a hidden camera in my house, because the section about Sisterly Love was taken almost word for word from an argument that took place a few weeks before I received the book. I definitely took those words to heart. I also counted several blessings in the reading, because while the author disavows ever confiding in her mother, Molly and I do have some real conversations, and now I know just how rare and precious that is. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, especially to moms who are struggling to get along with their daughters. Carlson lays out exactly what a girl's expectations are of her mother in a way that a girl could never really verbalize. I learned a great deal from reading this, and I know that Molly appreciated it.
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