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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