I Am My Mother's Daughter

I Am My Mother's Daughter

Making Peace With Mom-- Before It's Too Late

Book - 2006
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Iris Krasnow--mother, daughter, and best-selling Journalist--tackles the toughest relationship in the lives of many grown women: the mother-daughter bond. With women's life expectancy inching up past eighty, you may be embroiled with your mother well past the time your own hair turns white. The good news: Living longer means more time to make peace--and this book shows you how. Drawing on her own experience with her colorful eighty-four-year-old mother and the collective wisdom of more than one hundred other adult daughters, Krasnow offers a fresh perspective on how to overcome the anger, guilt, and resentment that can destroy a family. The time to repair the bond is now, she reminds us: You can't kiss and make up at her funeral. The key is to let go of the fantasy mom and embrace the flesh-and-blood woman, with all her flaws.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780465037544
Branch Call Number: 306.8743 KRA
Characteristics: xv, 223 p. ;,24 cm


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Jan 23, 2019

Oh dear. I got nothing useful from this book. Perhaps it is too late for Mom & I, she is now in deep dementia, and I am in my mid 70s. We did genuinely try, time and again over the years to find a better way, but invariably one or the other of us would fall off that emotional wagon.
So this book reads for me like a 1980s self-help, complete with every example ending happily ever after. Also, is there anything more annoying than each example giving us 'typical' cases with white, middle-class names and circumstances for each?
I can now be very loving and forget all the past trash now that Mom is in a Home, being very well cared for, and from the time she arrived there, still had most of her mental faculties. Now Lo and Behold, from that moment on she was no longer the low-blow fighter we knew and feared.
I am so grateful that I've been able to live up to my childhood vow "I will never treat my own kids like this.", with only few and short slip-ups. They have now grown up to be so much healthier that my siblings and I. Hallelujah!
I would recommend this book to younger women, filled with optimist hope, and with a far less dysfunctional history and painful memories for both parties.

Aug 31, 2016

Why is it so traumatic, I have just been through the toughest year of my life trying to deal with the death of my Love and my father and there have been many times when I thought that being dead myself would surely be better than trying to deal with the death of two people that were a significant part of my life and all the misery that went with it. What I want to know is, what is the point of grief, why is it so awful to the point that you feel your own life is not worth living, why is the experience so shocking and what do we really gain from it. I know I am not the same person and that everything is different now, I don't view that as a bad thing really but what it took me to get to the other side of this is something I find hard to deal with and I wonder what your thoughts are on grief? Can we ignore it and just get on with our lives because some people seem able to do that, whereas I couldn't carry on, I couldn't even function at all for months and months. Maybe that's a tough journey

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