Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter

Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter

by Kari Kampakis

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Overview

Moms are eager for tips and wisdom to help them build strong relationships with their daughters, and Kari Kampakis’s Love Her Well gives them ten practical ways to do so, not by changing their daughters but by changing their own thoughts, actions, and mind-set.

For many women, having a baby girl is a dream come true. Yet as girls grow up, the narrative of innocence and joy changes to gloom and doom as moms are told, “Just wait until she’s a teenager!” and handed a disheartening script that treats a teenage girl’s final years at home as solely a season to survive.

Author and blogger Kari Kampakis suggests it’s time to change the narrative and mind-set that lead moms to parent teen girls with a spirit of defeat, not strength. By improving 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.

As a mom of four daughters (three of whom are teenagers), Kari has learned the hard way that as girls grow up, mothers must grow up too. In Love Her Well, Kari shares ten ways that moms can better connect with their daughters in a challenging season, including:

  • choosing their words and timing carefully,
  • listening and empathizing with her teen’s world,
  • seeing the good and loving her for who she is,
  • taking care of themselves and having a support system, and more.

This book isn’t a guide to help mothers “fix” their daughters or make them behave. Rather, it’s about a mom’s journey, doing the heart work and legwork necessary to love a teenager while still being a strong, steady parent. Kari explores how every relationship consists of two imperfect sinners, and teenagers gain more respect for their parents when they admit (and learn from) their mistakes, apologize, listen, give grace, and try to understand their teens’ point of view. Yes, teenagers need rules and consequences, but without a connected relationship, parents may never gain a significant voice in their lives or be a safe place they long to return to.

By admitting her personal failures and prideful mistakes that have hurt her relationships with her teenage daughters, Kari gives mothers hope and reminds them all things are possible through God. By leaning on him, mothers gain the wisdom, guidance, protection, and clarity they need to grow strong relationships with their daughters at every age, especially during the critical teen years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781713528814
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/18/2020
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is an author, blogger, and national speaker from Birmingham, Alabama. Her books for teen girls, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know and Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?, have been used widely across the country by teen youth groups and church groups to empower girls through faith.

Kari’s work has been featured on the TODAY Show, TODAY Parents,Yahoo! News, EWTN, Proverbs 31, Ann Voskamp’s blog, The Huffington Post, and other national outlets. She and her husband, Harry, have four daughters and a dog named Lola. Learn more by visiting www.kari kampakis.com or finding Kari on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Table of Contents

Note from the Author xiii

Introduction xvii

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

Conclusion 193

Acknowledgments 197

Notes 203

About the Author 211

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