For many women, having a baby girl is a dream come true. But as girls grow up, the narrative of innocence and joy changes to one of dread as moms are told, "Just wait until she's a teenager!" and handed a disheartening and too-often-true script about a daughter's teenage season of life.
Author, blogger, and mom to four daughters Kari Kampakis thinks it's time to change the narrative and mind-set that leads moms to parent teen girls with a spirit of defeat instead of strength. Love Her Well isn't a guide to help mothers "fix" their daughters or make them behave. It's about a mom's journey, doing the heart-work necessary to love a teenager while still being a steady, supportive parent. Kari offers wisdom about how moms can:
- Choose their words and timing carefully.
- Listen and empathize with her teen's world.
- See the good, and love her for who she is.
- Take care of themselves and find a support system in the process.
By working on the foundation, habits, and dynamics of the relationship; mothers can connect with their teen daughters and earn a voice in their lives that allows moms to offer guidance, love, wisdom, and emotional support.
Kari gives mothers hope, wisdom, and a reminder that all things are possible through God, who is the source of the guidance and clarity they need in order to grow strong relationships with their daughters at every age—especially during the critical teen years.
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About the Author
Kari’s work has been featured on the Today show, Today Parents, Yahoo! News, Grown & Flown, Motherly, FaithGateway, EWTN, Ann Voskamp’s blog, The Huffington Post, and other national outlets. She also hosts a podcast called Girl Mom. She and her husband, Harry, have four daughters and a dog named Lola.
Table of Contents
Note from the Author xiii
Chapter 1 Choose Your Words (and Timing) Carefully 1
Chapter 2 Listen and Empathize with Her World 17
Chapter 3 Be Her Mom 38
Chapter 4 Make Your Relationship a Priority 69
Chapter 5 See the Good, Loving Her as She Is and Where She Is 92
Chapter 6 Help Her Find Good Friends and Positive Influences 111
Chapter 7 Be Her Emotional Coach 130
Chapter 8 Enjoy Her, Laugh Often, and Have Fun 146
Chapter 9 Take Care of Yourself and Have a Support System for Hard Days 160
Chapter 10 Pray for Her and Empower Her Through Faith 180
About the Author 211