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I Am My Mother's Daughter: Making Peace With Mom--Before It's Too Late Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 10, 2006
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I called my mother to discuss the book, only to discover that she hasn't even read it! Obviously, her "gift" was just another attempt to manipulate and control through guilt.
That said, I think this book is very good if your relationship with your mother is less than close, and if both parties want to live in harmony. However, if your mother continues to attack your self-worth and self esteem, I highly recommend another title, Susan Forward's Toxic Parents. Some relationships are just toxic at the core, and thus, need not be repaired. You should not be made to feel guilty if you can't fix it before they pass away. It takes both parties to call a truce.
If you take the time this year to read only one book, make it this one.
In reading this, it gives you a perspective that whatever you have experienced with your Mother, you are not alone in that experience, other women have been through similar, some have overcome hardships with feelings of anger and resentment and now have managed to forgive to experience beautiful close bonds that they never believed possible. Others still see-saw between annoyance and admiration, with some tips on how they are working through their issues and what works for them in dealing with feelings of irritation that arise. It is inspiring to be able to read the words of women at various stages of life.
The best thing about this book is that it is not written by one person with one opinion that may or may not be relevant to the reader's situation, it is written by many women beautifully collected and put together by the author and so there will be relevance to all readers within it's pages.
This book is life changing for all that seek to create a deeper bond with their Mother's - highly recommended.
"I challenge every midlife daughter to consider this: What good is this old hate doing for you, for her, for your children, for your spouse, for anyone else you know? Letting go of hating your mother is actually more selfish than selfless. Because you just may find, as I did when shaken awake after my mom lost her leg, that the woman who bore you still has a lot to teach you about courage and commitment and growing up at any age. Don't miss out on the final act - it's the best part of all in the mother-daughter show. Listen hard and spill all while your aging mother is present and when change is still possible. I'm asking every question I was afraid to ask and talking very fast as my mother's short term memory is fading. Closing the wounds takes backing off from a stubborn stand-off, sucking it up, and saying 'I'm sorry,' even if you're not sorry one bit. Who cares if you are right and your mother is wrong? It won't matter when she's dead. What matters is coming to a resolution, smoothing things out - now. Your mother will win anyhow, when she passes into heavenly peace while you are left behind simmering in guilt and rage. Making up in this lifetime makes you the winner.Read more ›
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book was in excellent condition.. interesting.. and gifted to anotherPublished 6 months ago by C. E. Gors
I found Iris Krasnow's research and insight into the complicated relationships of mother's and daughters most refreshing and insightful. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Auntie Bee
I am the mother, and after reading the book, it gave me insight into my "difficult" daughter. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Joyce L. Shelso
I am taking care of my mother after a 30 absence of living out of state. It has really helped me to appreciate the opportunity at hand and dealing with the day to day stress of... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by deena novotny
Good book to see the "other" side of your parent. Realizing that they learned how to "love" from their parents.Published on June 28, 2013 by Stacey in OC
I read this book at age 47 at the suggestion of a friend. My friend read this book a year prior to her mother's terminal cancer diagnosis. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Cyellis
THIS WAS A VERY ENLIGHTENING BOOK....... THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPECTING A MOTHER WHO HAS HAD HER OWN PAST DIFFICULTIES....HAVING EMPATHY AND LEARNING TO FORGIVE..Published on March 24, 2013 by karen
I loved this book because Iris is a Great Writer! It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. I have now forworded it to my daughter, it is a must read for everyone, and the... Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by NB
I loved this book, I saw myself and my Mother and my Sister and my Daughter in so many of the stories. I laughed, I cried, I had my heart strings pulled a little. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Cheryl Hazlett