Our new book, Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years, is out!
We are Sil and Eliza Reynolds, a mother and daughter team. In our workshops and writing together, we teach the radical notion that mothers and their daughters can not only survive the adolescent years, but also thrive in them. It has been our experience—in contrast to conventional wisdom—that preteen and teenage daughters actually want and need a close relationship with their mother.
What if teenage daughters could see their mothers as a great ally as they grew up and became independent? What if mothers could create safety for a teen daughter’s experience of herself, consciously guiding her to be who she was born to be? Join us on the journey to reclaim your mother-daughter bond for life! Order your copy today, or sign up to join us for the intensive Mothering & Daughtering workshop experience!
"What Sil and Eliza Reynolds teach mothers
and their teenage daughters is profound,
essential and revolutionary."
# 1 New York Times bestselling author of Women, Food and God
"If these challenges [between mother and daughter]
are a generational thing, Sil has surely broken the
pattern with her own daughter."
actor and author of My Life So Far
"Mothering and Daughtering has been deeply meaningful to us. Sil and Eliza have given us practical tools and wisdom that transformed our relationship and deepened our bond during the challenging teenage years. This beautifully written book is fresh with creative ideas and is a gift to all mothers and their teenage daughters."
Eileen Fisher and Sasha Fisher-Zweibel
"What you hold in your hands is more than a book--it’s a lifeline to mothers and daughters who want to move through the teen years with a real, loving, and lasting relationship. Both Sil and Eliza believe that as girls grow away from childhood and toward adulthood, they actually want and need to stay close to their mothers; and that mothers also want and need closeness, even as they help their girls find their own voice and spread their wings. In this guidebook for a new kind of mother-daughter relationship, Sil and Eliza challenge the stereotype of the broken bond between mother and daughter. They provide inspiration and tools honed from their own experience, and from the hundreds of moms and girls they have helped in their workshops. If you are a mother or a daughter who wants to navigate the teen years side-by-side, please read this book. "
Cofounder, Omega Institute and author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
""In this powerful book, Eliza and Sil Reynolds offer mothers and daughters the only kind of wisdom really worth giving--a reminder that the big secret to a resilient bond is nothing less than love. They're voices intermingle authentically and eloquently, a model for us all of shared, intergenerational leadership and the power of courageous communication.""
Courtney E. Martin
Author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters and Do It Anyway
"Mother-daughter conflict during the teen years is neither inevitable or healthy. There’s another way. Read this book and learn how to keep your mother-daughter bond strong and healthy for a lifetime."
author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom
"Mothering & Daughtering is a gem, a precious insight into the growth of mothers and daughters, and into the honesty and cherishing of each other."
Jungian analyst and author of Addiction to Perfection
"What I love most about this book is how honest and down-to-earth Sil and Eliza are about themselves and their relationship. Girls and their moms will find comfort and companionship from two people who have themselves struggled -- and who offer strategies and wisdom that will help all of us become more aware, authentic mothers and daughters."
author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl
"This book is a precious gem that I wish had been around for my daughters’ adolescence. Sil and Eliza give a timeless gift to mothers and daughters to help them deepen their love and understanding of each other before, during, and after adolescence. Moms who dread the thought of raising their daughters in their teen years will value this lifesaver of practical wisdom. Daughters who are in the midst of figuring out who they are separate from their mothers will appreciate Eliza’s advice on how to have a supportive relationship with their mothers without constant fighting. Even though my daughters are now wonderful women, I want to share this book with them and look forward to the conversations and new understandings that this book encourages."
editor New Moon Girls Magazine
A Mighty Girl Pick of the Day: "Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teenage Years" by Eliza and Sil Reynolds. Many mothers assume that their relationship with their daughters will become strained in the teenage years. But what if mothers and daughters work together to make the teen years a time of closeness? This book offers two breakthrough guides in one: one for mothers, teaching them how to create a safe space for their daughters as they move into adulthood; and one for daughters, encouraging them to consider their mother their closest ally as they test out their independence.
This recent release treats the mother/daughter relationship as a developing partnership, as a daughter moves from a dependent tween to a confident young adult setting out on her own. The authors provide more complex techniques for the moms, drawn from Sil Reynolds’ clinical experience, while the advice to daughters features age-appropriate suggestions for balancing the need for independence with a positive relationship with mom. Highly recommended for parents of tweens and teens and for girls ages 13 and up.
To learn more about "Mothering and Daughtering," visit http://www.amightygirl.com/mothering-and-daughtering
There is also a very popular mom/daughter shared journal -- recommended for girls 8 and up and their mothers -- designed to strengthen the mother-daughter bond, "Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms" at http://www.amightygirl.com/just-between-us
If you're looking for information or advice to help you on your parenting journey, A Mighty Girl's parenting section features over 180 books especially geared toward parents of girls at http://www.amightygirl.com/parenting
And, for many fictional books for children and teens about the love between parents and their daughters, visit our posts on "Celebrating Mighty Moms and Their Daughters" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=3145 and "A Father’s Love: A Mighty Girl Celebrates Dads” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=3637