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 Momgadget.com’s highest rating.
Visit www.bondingoverbeauty.com 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.