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Things I Want My Daughters to Know: A Small Book About the Big Issues in Life Hardcover – October 5, 2004
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About the Author
Author of twenty-four books, Alexandra Stoddard is a sought-after speaker on the art of living. Through her lectures, articles, and books such as Living a Beautiful Life, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, Time Alive, Grace Notes, Open Your Eyes, and Feeling at Home, she has inspired millions to pursue more fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband in New York City and Stonington Village, Connecticut.
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Top Customer Reviews
What follows beyond the Forword, where the author more or less introduces her qualifications for writing a book filed with advice, is just that. Lots of useful advice for getting through life. The conversational and rational writing style immediately allowed me to GET OVER MYSELF, and just enjoy the various topics. I found it hard to disagree with anything she wrote. Everything is based on the author's experience, and much of it is universal. The suggestions, "It's Easier to Get into Things Than It Is to Get Out of Them," or "In Really Tough Times, Regularly Take Time Off," for example, are pearls of wisdom for mothers to not only pass onto their daughters, but also to remind themselves of every now and again.
This is a well written collection, with a mature and rational sensitivity. It's an excellent gift book--for our daughters, and our friends who have daughters, and, of course, for mothers too. I recommend it.
"When you've made your point, sit down," reads the last entry. So, I will.
From the author of "A Line Between Friends," McKenna Publishing Group.
She also talks about dedicating your life to your kids but talks about how she refused to help them with homework. Nice.
This author struggles with what I call the Martha Stewart affliction. Fifteen years ago, you would watch the only Martha Stewart show on and realize two things...she has a talent that maybe you would like to have yourself and she has no clue that everyone else does not live like her. Martha got smart and realized her earnings were limited by only talking to the rich people and took her case to K-Mart. Stoddard is Martha 15 years ago. She comes off as a snob and a bit selfish and yet, you can tell in her stories that she doesn't get it. Real life means making choices and sacrifices. I don't get the feeling that she has had to do a whole lot of either of those things.
"In my desire to give my children honey, I raised them as though they were my grandchildren. They both went to good, strict private schools, where their teachers demanded a great deal from them. I tended to hug then and reinforce their great qualities and strenghts." I just shook my head when I read this. I actually re-read it 3 times. Not everyone has the money to send their children to private schools to do a parents "dirty" work. Even if I did have the money to send my children to private school, it felt like she didn't want to seem "strict" or "difficult" in any way, or for her children to not like her, she she was the one to give the lollipops and ballons while the teachers did the discipline. Not admirable. Not someone I would take life lessons from.
Another excerpt that stood out was when she advised to pay attention to your children's requests. She mentions that one time she asked her daughter where she wanted to go on her winter break, and when her daughter replied PARIS..they flew to Paris, just her and her 2 daughers. How lovely!
This book has to some small degree facts that are helpful bits on life such as being grateful and not expecting gratitude, and Pain is inevitable; Suffering is a choice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read for me, then I passed it on to my daughter and she read it with my granddaughters. They all love it and keep it now for reference. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sandra Rainwater
I like how real and simple her observations are! With her wisdom I am able to be more mindful and thoughtful off my choices.Published 23 months ago by Gary Payne
I enjoyed reading this book myself so I purchased copies for each of my daughters for Mother's Day. Great insights into daily living.Published on June 14, 2014 by Helen I. Roberts
its ok, its basic information that you would know already, however its only a few dollars of an investment ..Published on March 22, 2014 by ms johnson
Stoddard always has something apt to say and this book was just right for a Mother's Day gift. I pre-read them and hope my daughters enjoy.Published on June 8, 2013 by Val
I really enjoyed the advice Alexandra Stoddard gives. A lot of it is generic, but she has some good quotes and really makes the reader think about things in life. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Wonder_Vegan
this was a very nice product and i was pleased with it. i would prefer not to have a minimum number of words you have to writePublished on August 13, 2012 by kkmarie