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|Title: Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter|
By: Kari Kampakis
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW234182
Now an ECPA Best SellerKari Kampakis's Love Her Well gives moms ten practical tips for how to build strong and lasting relationships with their daughters.
For many women, having a baby girl is a dream come true. But as girls grow up, the narrative of innocence and joy changes to one of dread as moms are told, "Just wait until she's a teenager!" and handed a disheartening and too-often-true script about a daughter's teenage season of life.
Author, blogger, and mom to four daughters Kari Kampakis thinks it's time to change the narrative and mind-set that leads moms to parent teen girls with a spirit of defeat instead of strength. Love Her Well isn't a guide to help mothers "fix" their daughters or make them behave. It's about a mom's journey, doing the heart-work necessary to love a teenager while still being a steady, supportive parent. Kari offers wisdom about how moms can:
By working on the foundation, habits, and dynamics of the relationship; mothers can connect with their teen daughters and earn a voice in their lives that allows moms to offer guidance, love, wisdom, and emotional support.
Kari gives mothers hope, wisdom, and a reminder that all things are possible through God, who is the source of the guidance and clarity they need in order to grow strong relationships with their daughters at every ageespecially during the critical teen years.
Kari Kampakis is an author, blogger, and national speaker from Birmingham, Alabama. Her best-selling book for moms, Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter, and books for teen girls, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know and Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?, have been used widely across the country for small group studies.
Karis work has been featured on the Today show, Today Parents, Yahoo! News, Grown & Flown, Motherly, FaithGateway, EWTN, Ann Voskamps blog, The Huffington Post, and other national outlets. She also hosts a podcast called Girl Mom. She and her husband, Harry, have four daughters and a dog named Lola.
Author: Kari Kampakis
Located in: Birmingham, AL
Submitted: December 15, 2020
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a mom of 4 daughters who lives in Birmingham, Alabama. I have 3 teenage daughters - and 1 pre-teen daughter - and my passion is starting meaningful conversations between mothers and daughters, especially as girls navigate the tricky waters of adolescence. Since I'm in the trenches myself, I wrote this book to encourage moms like me and remind us that we are meant to parent with a spirit of strength, not a spirit of defeat.
This is my 1st book for moms, but 3rd book to write. My first two books are for teen girls, but all 3 are designed to empower females through faith.
What was your motivation behind this project? As my daughters entered the teen years, I made many mistakes. I tried to parent them the same way I did when they were young, and it backfired. It widened the gulf between us. This sent me on a search of how to parent a teenage daughter while also loving a teenage daughter. I wanted to share my experiences to help other moms, and also pass on the advice I've heard and the insight I've gained from writing for teenage girls and spending time with many adults who shape today's girls.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope moms will feel empowered to faithfully continue loving their teenage daughter - even when that love in not reciprocated - and intentionally building a stronger relationship.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? As soon as I started the manuscript, one of my daughters and I entered into a season of locking horns. As my inner critic screamed, "Who do you think you are to write this? You're totally unqualified!" I realized I had a choice. I could either give up and accept defeat - and lean into these feelings and write from a place of vulnerability. How I felt was how many of my readers would feel as they picked up the book, so I kept going with the hope that my personal experience would make the book feel even more real and relatable.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My favorite writer is C.S. Lewis. This book was also influenced by the books I read to help myself in raising teen girls, like THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES OF TEENAGERS, UNTANGLED, THE TEENAGE BRAIN, and all the books by Sissy Goff at Daystar Ministries in Nashville.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'm very grateful for you! And I want you to know how deeply loved you are by your Creator even on your worst days of parenting. Resting in and receiving this love makes all the difference in helping us do the hard work of raising, guiding, and loving our children.
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