Bonding over Beauty a Must Read

by cathy

Erika Katz’s book,  Bonding over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust, is a MUST read for all moms with daughters between the ages of 9 and 18.  It  is one of  the most practical and enlightening books I have read on the subject.

As the oldest of 5 sisters, and mom to one pre-tween I hadn’t spent much time thinking about puberty until this this fall.  Over the summer, my angel-faced 8 year old daughter grew to 5′ tall and required a size 9 woman’s shoe to begin school. Suddenly she wanted to grow her hair long, wear nail polish, and (horror!) disagreed with me about what she should wear.

While encouraging her to focus on inner-beauty, I mourned the changes in my ‘baby’ and wondered how I had missed her little girl stage.  My sisters and our pediatrician warned me that it was time to start talking about puberty and the changes she’d begun.    My immediate response was denial, then panic.   I frantically searched for advice from friends, books and the internet.

When I was offered a free advance copy of Erika Katz’s book,  Bonding over Beauty:  A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust, I jumped at the chance to gain more insight into my own challenge.    I read it in one night, and have spent the last day reviewing sections with my own daughter.  It is the BEST book I have read on this subject.  What an enlightenment.  Erika challenged me to re consider my pre-conceptions about beauty and examine how they impacted my approach to helping Jamie through this time.  It provides specific information about hair, make up, hygiene and self-esteem.   She shares  insights on hot topics like wearing make up to school, shaving legs and tampons.  This book also debunks many beauty myths that are still handed down from Moms to daughters today.

I am so appreciative for  the tips and bonding experiences she suggests as well as the unique approach she takes in tying beauty to self-esteem.  After reading this book, I am much more confident in my ability to help Jamie and I navigate the coming years.  What a wonderful gift.

Buy it, read it and share it with your friends.   This gets’s highest rating.

Visit for Erika’s blog and more terrific tips.

Disclaimer:  This is not a paid review.  I did receive a free advance copy of this book.


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris@Natural Health Goodies March 4, 2011 at 1:04 am

Thanks for the pre-warning we still have a few years until we hit your stage but it comes so fast doesn’t it? :) Sounds like a book I’ll need to keep an eye on.

Copertine March 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm

This sounds really interesting. Bonding is made really easy in this manner

joanna April 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I love this book, I have two daughters who are now all grown up and I really miss those times now. We have a great relationship, all three of us, but whilst they were growing up it was really special and fun.
I am glad you reviewed this book – it is good!
All the best to all – Joanna

Kari Gibson April 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Every mom of a daughter needs this book! While on the surface, this seems like a beauty book, but it is so much more than that. It is really a book about creating a great relationship with your daughter. It actually changed how I parent my daughter. Each chapter has so much vital information. But, it is written so beautifully, I literally read it in 3 days.

I highly recommend this book!

OnlyEssentials May 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

That sounds like a wonderful book. I remember when I was that age, it was so awkward between my mother and I. She wanted me to stay a little girl and I wanted to grow up!

Shannon August 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

So happy I found this review! Our situation sounds very similar and the book sounds perfect. :)

Websgator September 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I was just now searching for about this when I discovered your post. I’m just stopping by to say that I really enjoyed reading this post, it’s very well written. Are you planning to write more on this? It seems like there is more depth here for more posts.

Gordon September 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Looks like a good read would like to check it out.

commercial cleaning in Glasgow September 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

The book is interesting and heart warming! I must have this book and read the tips on it. Surely this will improve my daughters relationships. Thanks for sharing!

Skin Blossom September 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Beauty is a great way to bond with females and mum’s have masses of tips and advice to give their daughters, good idea.

HG October 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Thank you so much for the post…

ovifilm November 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Thank you for sharing, super this page. I loved it, good bye !

Universal Gadget January 4, 2012 at 6:58 am

I love this book.
I highly recommend this book!

sammy January 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

This is a great way to have a bonding and different kind of attachment between a mother and offspring.

Cindi Ford June 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

My daughter is only 6 but I am already worried about times to come. I have two older boys and the puberty transition hasn’t been too bad with them probably because I really have no idea what they are going through. I remember being a young girl though and I remember how big a change it was in my life. I will definitely have to check out this book. Thank you.

Jamie Jefferson September 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Love it! As my kids have reached adolescence, I have found us bonding over these very things – much to my surprise, actually, as I’m not one to spend much time on hair and makeup. My kids love to look at youtube for new ways to curl their hair and new beauty secrets, and they love to try out their new ideas on me. I will definitely have to take a look at this book!

neth the lawyer December 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

This good for a mother anda daughter their bonding moments. We need the mother and a daughter have their boding like make up, or cooking just to let the kids that the mother can be their friends, sometimes they can play also. So that the mother know what the kids want and dislike..

Having a time for a kids are very important for the parents.

kerker January 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book! I think it’s a great way to bond between mother and daughter.

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