Dear Mom

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-03-17
  • Publisher: WaterBrook
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Hear your daughter's heart... without the angst, arguments, or arm-wrestling Raising a teen daughter can be like trying to chart a course underwater. You can drown in an ocean of one-word answers, defensive conversations, and unpredictable outbursts, and never get anywhere. Popular teen girls' novelist Melody Carlson helps you cut through murky, deep, uncharted and seemingly unsafe waters so you can hear what your daughter's really trying to tell you through her anger, silence, and mixed messages: "I need you, but I won't admit it." "I'm not as confident as I appear." "I have friends. I need a mother." Instead of focusing on outward behaviors,Dear Momcaptures your daughter's heart and soul. Youcanknow your daughter's hopes and fears, doubts and dreams about her identity, guys, friendships, and even you. And you can connect on a deeper, more intimate level that will carry both you and your daughter through the stormy seas of life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author Biography

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books for adults, children, and teens, with sales totaling more than three million copies. Beloved for her Diary of a Teenage Girl and Notes from a Spinning Planet series, she’s also the author of the women’s novels Finding Alice (in production now for a Lifetime-TV movie), Crystal Lies, On This Day, These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking, and A Mile in My Flip-Flops. A mother of two grown sons, Melody lives in central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. She’s a full-time writer and an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.


Maybe it’s already too late to tell you to put down this book, because I know you don’t like to waste your money. At least you don’t likemeto waste your money. Anyway, I know you want me to believe that you would never intentionally waste your money—not that I’m totally convinced of this, but never mind about me. It might not be
too late for you, Mom. If you’re still in the bookstore, trying to decide whether or not you’ll like this book, wondering if it will be worth your time (oh, did I mention your money?), it’s not too late to just set it down and walk away. Just walk away, and no one will get hurt, because, seriously, what is there about parenting me (your
sweet, innocent teenage daughter) that you don’t already get? You’re a cool mom—you can handle this, right?

Even if someone gave you this book, that doesn’t mean you need to read it. Who cares if Grandma or Aunt Sue thought it was just the ticket to help you work out things with your beastly teenage daughter.We know Grandma and Aunt Sue aren’t that smart about this stuff.

Oh, maybe they’ve heard you complain about me, or maybe they even heard me mouth off to you (that one time) or saw me freeze you out (I was irritated, okay?), so they decided you need this how-to book to straighten me out. Well, you know as well as I do that they just need to get a life.They obviously don’t realize that you really do know what you’re doing, Mom. They just can’t appreciate that you already have things under control (everything but me, that is, and we both know that’s not gonna happen). So why waste your time with this book?

You’re still reading, aren’t you? You’re still not convinced? Fine, Mom, I’ll make it easy for you. Here are six reasons why you should toss this book right now.

1. You won’t like what you read, and you know the saying— ignorance is bliss.

2. You think you already know what’s up with me.Why trust someone else to fill your head with nonsense?

3. You already know how to fix what you think is wrong with me.

4. Maybe you think I’m perfect as is…At least that’s what I’m hoping.

5. Get real! You don’t really have time for this.What mom does these days?

6. And finally, whatever happened to just leaving well enough alone? Things eventually work out, don’t they?

I see you haven’t given up yet. You’re still reading.Well, don’t say you weren’t warned, and don’t think that just because you’re reading this book, written by a so-called teenage girl, that you’re reading about me. I am a one-of-a-kind book and cannot be read or understood in a single volume.

I know you watch me sometimes, especially if you think I’m not looking. You might assume you’re seeing who I really am.Maybe you are, but maybe you’re not, because I have learned to hide certain things, especially those things I don’t like about myself.

It’s not easy to admit this, but I am practicing the art of concealment. I’m learning to disguise, even camouflage, the parts of me that don’t measure up. You may ask whatmeasuring device I’m using. Well, that just depends. It’s all related to how I’mfeeling at any given moment—and my feelings are constantly changing, and so is the
specific insecurity I’m attempting to hide. Trust me,Mom, there are plenty of them.

The Interior Things

First, there are the inner things, those qualities that the adults in my life try to convince me are the most important, like being honest or kind or generous or faithful. I’m not saying those traits aren’t important because,duh,I know they are, but it’s difficult to get a grasp on them. It’

Excerpted from Dear Mom: Everything Your Teenage Daughter Wants You to Know but Will Never Tell You by Melody Carlson
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