Synopses & Reviews
Reviving Ophelia meets The Mother- Daughter Book Club in a book that offers a proven model for staying connected through adolescence
There is no comment more troubling to the mother of a young girl than she loves you now, but just wait til shes a teenager. Ten years ago, SuEllen Hamkins and Renee Schultz, psychotherapy professionals with a combined forty years experience and both mothers of then seven-year-old daughters, created The Mother-Daughter Project with several other women in their community, with the hope of disproving this damaging assumption. With their young daughters, the group met regularly to speak frankly about such issues as girls friendships (and aggression), puberty, the medias influence on their self-image and esteem, drugs, and sexuality.
As their daughters matured, the mothers marveled at the strength and confidence with which the girls thrived through adolescence. The Project had succeeded in creating a haven from the many perils of teen culture. Equally important, it helped the mothers navigate their own fears and concerns about adolescence with integrity and grace.
At once simple and revolutionary, this book details the success of the Mother-Daughter Projects groundbreaking model, providing the reader with a road map for strengthening her bond with her own daughter, and providing strategies for staying close through adolescence and beyond.
Ten years ago, SuEllen Hamkins, MD, and Renée Schultz, MA, created the Mother- Daughter Project with other women in their community, hoping to strengthen their bonds with their then seven-year-old girls. The group met regularly to speak frankly about such issues as friendships and aggression, puberty, body image, drugs, and sexuality. The results were amazing: confident, assertive teenage girls with strong self-images and close ties to their moms. Equally important, the mothers navigated their own concerns about adolescence with integrity and grace. This book details the success of the Projects groundbreaking model, providing the reader with a road map for staying close with her own daughter through adolescence and beyond.
About the Author
SuEllen Hamkins, M.D.,
was for twelve years the psychiatrist for Smith College. She now has a private practice specializing in womens mental health.
Renee Schultz, M.A., has been a marriage and family therapist for over twenty years.