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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 10 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 10 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 audiobook 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.

Reflection questions are available in the audiobook companion PDF download. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Kari Kampakis (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Must read for all moms!

I found this book well written and in many ways applicable to parenting girls or boys. Kari’s voice was nice and clear. I’ve read a lot of parenting books and have noticed that I often felt more mom guilt after reading them. But not so, with this book. I felt encouraged and uplifted to press on. Thank you, Kari!

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Best book I ever ready about parenting teen girls

I have three daughters age 12, and twins girls who are 8. So much wisdom I got through hearing this book . Thank you so much Kari the Holy Spirit was with you through writing this book and definitely touched my heart in so many ways .I will keep going back to this book over and over.

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Most relatable book on teen girls

Kari has been blessed with so much wisdom on girls and their relationships with their mom and friends. She is vulnerable, authentic and so relatable. Everything I have struggled with in raising a teenage daughter she touched on and gave amazing examples and advice on how to work through it. She is encouraging and thoughtful. It is exactly what I have been looking for in this season in my life and my daughters life. Couldn’t love it more!!

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Must Read!

This book is a gift to all parents. It is a must read for parents, not just parents of teens or just parents of daughters. There is great wisdom and encouragement throughout this book for all parents. Laying a foundation of love, prayer, and wisdom before your child(ren) reach the teens years would benefit families well. This book will help in that effort.

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This book is such a gift!

Thank you so much for writing this book so full of wisdom and love! What a way to glorify God! It was such an encouragement for me and I will keep rereading as I continue the next decade as a mom of teenagers. Thank you!!!!