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Bonding over Beauty: A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-esteem, Confidence, and Trust Paperback – March 1, 2011
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''Are you having a difficult time connecting with your tween or teen daughter? If you feel a little lost on how to talk with her during this difficult time as she goes through puberty, check out a great new book from former child actress and model Erika Katz, who's now a mom in New York City. Bonding Over Beauty offers a down-to-earth guide for moms to help address all the beauty, grooming, hygiene, body issues and questions their daughters have, while also making it fun. Best of all, it offers some great bonding time for mothers and daughters as they paint their nails together or learn to make organic face scrubs from scratch.'' --New York Family Magazine
''I would say that Erika hit the mark with her book and then some. If you have a daughter or know someone with a daughter, this book would be a great thing to have as we try to help our girls make their way through this world we live in.'' --3 P's in a pod
''Containing numerous bonding activities that can ease the difficulties faced by young girls on the road to physical and emotional maturity, the book also lets mothers know the crucial topics they need to address regarding the confusing effects of puberty. From step-by-step recipes for creating inexpensive, at-home body scrubs and acne remedies to advice on how to deal with unwanted body hair and even more unwanted periods, to recommendations for the best and most age appropriate beauty products for girls to use, Bonding over Beauty is an essential read for anyone raising a 'tween girl'' --Pink Lemonade of Life
''I don't think there is anything this book does NOT cover! I even found hair and makeup tips for me! If you have daughters, or your friends/family members do, you need this book! Think of it as a primer to the tween/teen years and as a modern resource! I am NOT saying that we need to emphasize beauty with our daughters, but rather good skin/hair care, proper hygiene, nutrition and exercise, and the realities of being female. The external world WILL put emphasis on these things to your daughter, whether subtle or unavoidable, they are realities that kids face today. Why not be proactive and emphasize the things in this book ALONG with intelligence and making intelligent choices? That's the key--well armed, your daughter can make great decisions and save herself (and you) hours of heartbreak and drama. Isn't that worth it? So go check out this book, you won't be disappointed, and your daughter will thank you! --Bless Their Hearts Mom
''I loved this book because I could relate to a lot of things in it from my own experience and what I am already noticing in my daughter. You may think that from the title it's all about beauty, which you may not be interested in. There is so much more to it...'' --Tiff's Pixie Dust
''The author has produced a helpful guide full of creative ideas for mothers in creating better bonds with their daughters. This book will benefit mothers who have trouble communicating with their tween daughters and who consequently feel out of touch. Written with empathy and love, this book will prove useful in facilitating communication and fusing the important bond that is necessary for a healthy family relationship.'' --ForeWord Magazine
About the Author
Erika Katz was initiated into the beauty industry at the age of three months, when she appeared with her father on the front cover of Babytalk magazine. By the age of thirteen, she had appeared in more than a hundred television commercials and several Hollywood and television films, had been photographed by Richard Avedon, and had modeled for numerous catalogs and national magazines.
After graduating from Dartmouth College with degrees in French and psychology, Erika interned in the beauty department at Seventeen magazine. Using her experience at Seventeen, cosmetology classes, and lessons learned through her extensive work in television and modeling, she created a beauty guide that served as the foundation for Bonding over Beauty.
Erika lives in New York City with her husband and two children. She is involved with NYC-Parents in Action and blogs for her website bondingoverbeauty.com.
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Also as a gay man who is contemplating having children, Ms. Katz' book helps alleviate my anxieties about how I would relate to a daughter over hygiene, hair care, and especially puberty and periods. It always comes down to finding a way to communicate and relate in a way that builds trust. This book is a must have.
Ms. Katz is a former child model and actress, and I think this experience has left her very out-of-touch with how many moms feel about the use of makeup, chemical hair procedures, and permanent hair removal treatments by very young girls. It's a bit ironic that I read this book the same week there was a lot of media attention over a provocative spread of a heavily made-up pre-pubescent 10 y.o. model in the French edition of "Vogue". I was expecting discussions of 'tween-appropriate beauty & grooming like the use of lip gloss & tinted moisturizer, curling & flattening irons, shaving, etc. Those things are in the book but so are discussions of using peroxide for full-head bleaching, Japanese hair-straightening (a process the author notes uses formaldehyde), complete makeup application, electrolysis, laser hair removal, and so on. Yikes!
Ms. Katz writes in her afterword that "I want you to be seen like the 'coolest' mom in the world to [your daughter]." This is not something I personally aspire to be. In fact, I'd rather be seen as the "mean" mom who puts her foot down on things that are age-inappropriate no matter what the other moms allow their kids to do. Ms. Katz takes the attitude that "you might as well say 'yes' because even if you say 'no' your daughter will just do it behind your back." This is horrible parenting advice! Limit-setting is very important for 'tweens and teens. Kids may not always obey your rules, but research has shown that permissive parenting dramatically increases the risks of bad outcomes. If you are afraid to say "no" to your 9 y.o. wanting to wear makeup, how on earth are you going to tell her "no" when she's 17 and wants to rent a hotel room after prom?
There's a lot to like about Ms. Katz's book, which is why I decided to give in 3 stars rather than 2. I would recommend it to moms with daughters in the 12-15 y.o. age range.