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Dear Mom: Everything Your Teenage Daughter Wants You to Know But Will Never Tell You Paperback – Bargain Price, March 17, 2009
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–Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Christy Miller series and the Sisterchicks novels
“You think this is a book? It’s really a bridge–no, a cord!–that will connect moms and daughters in a way to get through those turbulent teen years. Read it and reap!”
–Dr. Kevin Leman, best-selling author of Have a New Kid by Friday and Running the Rapids
“When it comes to mom-daughter relationships, Melody Carlson gets it. In fact, I think Melody must have had our house bugged. She understands and she cares. Dear Mom is honest, authentic, practical, and hopeful.”
–Jim Burns, PhD, author of Confident Parenting, Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality, and Creating an Intimate Marriage
“Ever want to be let in on the running commentary going on inside your daughter’s head? Now you can. With wit and honesty, Melody Carlson explains what every mom needs to know.”
–Rebecca St. James, author, singer, and actress
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Top Customer Reviews
God didn't send us an instruction manuel for parenting children, wouldn't that be nice! We soon discover as parents what worked for one child doesn't 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 daughter's 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 do's" 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 doesn't live such a carefree life after all. This book reveals teenage life today; it's heart felt and hysterical in parts. Here is a peek into a chapter Melody titled, "Things I don't like; don't like about me and things I don't like about you."
"When you were my age, did your mother approve of your appearance 24/7? I don't think so, but maybe I should talk to Grandma about this. I'm sure she'd have something to say."
"So are you starting to see that my life isn't as simple and fun and carefree as you like to believe? Are you feeling a tiny speck of empathy for me and girls like me, who are trying to find our way through this complicated, confusing, contradictory adolescent world, without being completely destroyed along the way?Read more ›
I just finished reading "Dear Mom, Everything Your Teenage Daughter Wants You To Know But Will Never Tell You" by Melody Carlson. It was an eye-opening read. It was written from a teen-age girl's perspective and I have to admit that it was spot on even though my teen age years were back in the 70's. It brought back a lot of memories of the confusion and social pressure of those formative years. I am sure that the pressures have amped up quite a bit since my teens.
It deals with how to give your daughter a compliment that she will actually believe. How to nurture confidence by your actions toward her. She is watching you so be authentic. Why do teen girls actually need those certain designer jeans. Proper protocol for dealing with your teen's friends and bad influences. How to ask her about everything. It is a must read and devour book for mothers of teen-age girls. Get it at [...]
And her funny, deeply empathetic viewpoint from inside the mind and heart of an American teenager is priceless.
I was able to use her insights, advice and guidance to immediately and lastingly improve my relationship with my daughter.
Thank you Melody - I will forever be deeply in your debt.
[PS - I have given about 20 copies of this book to other parents as gifts - 100% satisfaction so far!]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is good if you don't have any problems with your teen. If they are running around and getting in trouble get a counseler. Not a book. Every girl is different.Published 13 months ago by Pamela Jo Andrews
MY NIECE WAS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER , and she said this book offers some great advice from both points of view..Published on June 2, 2014 by JANONE
i am a teenage girl i read some of this book and it is so true i encouge you mothers to read this book if you have a teenage girl even if you think yall have a great realationship... Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Greg Philpott
Very helpful insight into my daughter and several reminders of what it was like to be her when I was that age. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by josmom
"Dear Mom," by Melody Carlson, is the perfect read for any mom who has moments of struggle or absolute frustration in her relationship with her teenage daughter. Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by GodsDanceralwayz
I got this book from the library. It was so helpful in so many ways that I am going to now buy it for my own personal library. Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by Aliza Burton