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For every woman who wishes she could talk more openly with her mother, this practical, compassionate book introduces a step-by-step plan for breaking down barriers and discussing such matters as health, money, family secrets and aging. MY MOTHER, MY FRIEND is the first book to offer realistic strategies for opening and deeepening the path of communication between adult daughters and their mothers. In a direct, user-friendly style, communications expert Mary Marcdante takes readers through a process of learning how to ask questions while supporting their mothers through their own emotional and practical issues. Emphasising that each reader can adapt these methods to suit her own particular situation, Marcdante provides - Explicit communications techniques and precise phrases a daughter can use to strengthen, heal and enrich the connection between her mother and herself - Helpful lessons on breaking free of stereotypes and treating one's mother as an equal - Suggestions for activities that will bring mother and daughter closer together.
Mary Marcdante, a communication and stress management expert, started her own speaking and training company in 1980. She had presented programs to more than 1500 businesses and associations, concentrating on the area of women's health care, one of the fastest growing industries in America. Her short story, "Squeeze my hand and I'll tell you that I love you" is included in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE MOTHER'S SOUL