Here are some wonderful new books available that deserve a look. I’ll break them up by our “Building Blocks.”
Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years by Eliza and Lil Reynolds. This book reminds me a lot of Hold on to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld, in that it stresses the importance of the parent/child bond throughout all of childhood and that tension and hostility during the teens years are not inevitable. This book is devoted to the mother/daughter relationship. 1/2 the book is read by mom and the other 1/2 by the daughter; the authors are a mom/daughter team.
Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters by Susan Forward. If you grew up with a distant, narcissistic, or abusive mother, you will benefit from this book — it will help you heal so you can become the mother you deserve to be.
Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Your Marriage by Greg and Lisa Popcak. This is a much-needed guide for newly married couples so they can get off on the right foot, creating the kind of bond that will stand the test of time.
Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality of for the Home by Tim and Sue Muldoon. This book gives great suggestions to real families, with real lives, in how to grow spiritually with our children.