Monday, March 1, 2010

Book Review: Mother-Daughter Duet by Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum

I have two young daughters. Right now, I am their mother—who they look up to and love unconditionally. Knowing what I know as a counselor, I recognize that relationship will change and their may some day be a divide between me and my daughters. How can you keep that loving bond with your daughter that a mother so desires?

Mother-Daughter Duet by Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum attempts to answer that question. Written by a mother-daughter team, they lay out both perspectives of the mother-daughter relationship. In addition, they interviewed many mothers and daughters to gain others perspectives and have shared their findings in this book.

As an older mother, with very young children, I found that I often could see both sides of the relationship with ease. The book offers practical advice for understanding each others life perspectives and addresses various stages in a daughter’s life. I love how she discusses the cycle of hurt and of needing to forgive your own mother in order to pass on healing instead of hurt. As a therapist, many times I see clients doing to their daughters the very thing they hated their mothers for doing to them. Cheri also addresses how mothers view themselves can greatly impact their daughters view of their selves.

I think this is a valuable read for any mother and daughter wanting to improve their relationship as the insights provided are sure to give you something to think about. One party not interested in reading? Then the other party should—it can still be very helpful for the relationship.  Even though this is something written more for mothers of adult daughters, I found the information very valuable to remember to keep your relationship close along the way.

For more information on this book from Random House, please click HERE.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. My review contains my honest opinions.

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