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Mama Drama: Making Peace with the One Woman Who Can Push Your Buttons, Make You Cry, and Drive You Crazy Paperback – March 15, 1999
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“A must-read for anyone who wants to improve the quality of her relationship with her mother.” ―Arielle Ford, author of HOT CHOCOLATE FOR THE MYSTICAL SOUL
“This wonderfully written book is loaded with practical, positive, and uplifting ideas to heal and build perhaps the most important relationship of your life.” ―Brian Tracy, author of MAXIMUM ACHIEVEMENT
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"For her lessons on love and forgiveness, author Denise McGregor deserves to be named the Dr. Spock of Parent Care." --New York Daily News
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Top Customer Reviews
Mama Drama does a good job stressing the positive aspects of a controlling mother while outlining ways for you to gain control. I found that it does speak to both women and men, and I find it unfortunate that so many books target the mother/daughter relationship; my fiance is living proof that these relationships also exist between mother and son.
I can not stress how great this book is. Like I said, I have read many many many, and now I feel like this is it. I do not have to read any more mother daughter books ever again. This one book has set me on the road to healing and improving my relationship with my mom. I hope it can help you too.
I'm sort of in the midst of some major issues with my mother (again) and the one thing I am struggling with are feeling of guilt and isolation and the "why me" mindset as it relates to my mother. Wondering why I can't have a good relationship with my mother like I see other women have with their mothers. I feel further isolated since I don't have a sister or an aunt and my grandmother has passed so there's not even another woman in my family that I can share my feelings with to help me feel better. This book provides lots of examples that help you realize you are not alone and that it is possible to not be super close to your mother and still be a good person.
There is one thing I struggled with that the author says. She says that your mother isn't out to hurt you and she even pointed to examples of child abuse and extreme cases where mothers have killed their children and she still says that those mothers weren't out to hurt their children and that their actions were about their issues and so forth (please read the book for the exact wording on this topic).Read more ›
If your mother has ever significantly harmed you, do not get this book. (Unless you want to get it to light it on fire with friends, or something.)
I can't really put this in strong enough terms - if your mother has a personality disorder of any kind, if she's molested you or allowed other people to do so, if she has any kind of pronounced pattern of abuse or manipulation, you might be far better off with Victoria Secunda's "When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends," which is far more compassionate, reasonable, empathetic, and informed.
What McGregor has to tell you about your mother is basically what someone might have told you in the 1880s if you were beaten by your spouse. That you deserved t, basically, and that the person who beat you had your best interests at heart, and only did it because you made them, and so on.
McGregor would perhaps have been wiser to limit the reach of her book to people whose relationships with their mothers had been difficult, but not included psychological disturbance or violence. She doesn't, and in a few short paragraphs dispatches the concerns of these people she seems to know very little about. Her advice for people who have been the victims of abuse: "Your mother only wants the best for you!" She quotes a woman convicted of killing her children who wrote Erma Bombeck a fan letter. In the letter the woman says that Bombeck's book was so good, if only she'd read it earlier she might not have killed her kids.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Right off the back, the title is what grabbed me. It suggested every issue I needed to address. Even more insightful, are the suggestions that are offered for dealing with a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by LaToya
This book is written in a friendly tone, so it is easy to see yourself and your mother. This has helped me with my relationships with my mother as well as given me insights in to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ann W.
Just reading the list of questions to identify whether or not I had Mama Drama in my own life made me realize that my Mama Drama actually turned me into THE Drama Queen. Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by Christopher Bieschke
When I found this book and read the title, I thought that this book was written for me! After years of extreme frustration and many tears, I felt like I was at the end of my rope... Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by Betty Wright
Perfect book for learning how to create a strong, healthy mother/daughter relationship! I marked page after page of things to remember and build on in the future! Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by Natalie Bergstrom
I have had a strained relationship with my mother since I was a teenager. I'm now almost 28 years old and have a 13 month old son. Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by Kristen Simpson
I found this book very disappointing. It kept repeating that we should let things go, that we should reestablish a good relationship with our mother, with no guidance whatsoever. Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by Theodora
I was a little unsure about this book after reading the first 40 pages or so, and then I was shocked and so thankful for all the amazing and wonderful insight this book has to... Read morePublished on January 22, 2008 by T. Bailey
This book was so helpful that I passed it on to a friend. I have actually used advice suggested by the author and my life with my mom has improved significantly. Read morePublished on April 11, 2007 by Susan Savelli