Monday, March 1, 2010

Mother Daughter Duet

When a daughter is born, her mother has a thousand hopes and dreams for her, especially that they will be best friends one day.

Unfortunately, even the best of intentions can go awry. There are so many challenges on the journey to adult friendship that the reality is fraught with friction and frustration. But a harmonious relationship is possible.

Award-winning author Cheri Fuller and her daughter, Ali Plum, have been there and have discovered the keys to a healthy relationship. In Mother-Daughter Duet they share their story—each from her own perspective—in which they have experienced distance and tension, growth and challenge, and, ultimately, acceptance and harmony. Filled with personal anecdotes and based on several basic principles (letting go; listening; respect; setting boundaries; and more), Mother-Daughter Duet helps moms repair the breach so that daughters want to draw close.

The mother-daughter dynamic is intense, personal, complex, and unique. But mothers and daughters can achieve mutual respect and learn to celebrate their differences when they learn the two-part harmony of the mother-daughter duet.

 Book Review:

Can you think of anything more complicated than the mother/daughter relationship?    It is like riding a rollercoaster that you can't get off.     Parts of it leave you screaming, "Let me off!"  

Cheri Fuller and her daughter, Ali, have certainly experienced this roller coaster in their relationship as mother/daughter.     With an acknowledgement that there are two sides to every story and everyone has their own story, Cheri and Ali teamed up to write their Mother-Daughter Duet.      Their hope was to not only explore their own relationship, but to hopefully show other how you can get the relationship you want with your mother/daughter as well.  

No book can solve every mother/daughter relationship.      However, they show what can happen when a mother loves her child unconditionally and each person in a relationship is willing to listen to each other.

While I do not have daughters, I have two younger sisters who both have daughters.    Both of them love their girls and want to have amazing relationships with them.     I would love to share this book with them as a resource for their future.     

This book provided for review by Waterbrook Multnomah.

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