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
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.
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.