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Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters

A Guide for Separation, Liberation & Inspiration
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Transform your relationship with your mother.

The best news on the planet is that your mother doesn't have to change in order for you to be happy. In fact, author Karen C.L. Anderson will take it a step further and say your mother doesn't have to change in order for you to be free, peaceful, contented, and joyful.

You can emotionally separate without guilt: Inspired by her own journey, Anderson's Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters: A Guide for Separation, Liberation & Inspiration shows women how to emotionally separate from their mothers without guilt and anxiety so they can finally create a life based on their own values, desires, needs, and preferences. Not to mention being able to like and respect themselves during the process.

Learn through the experiences of others: Through personal stories and experiences, practical tools that can used right away to feel better, and journal prompts, Anderson compassionately leads women who struggle in their relationships with their mothers through a process of self-awareness and understanding. Anderson's work with hundreds of women and her own personal work have resulted in profound growth and transformation. Anderson knows the results are nothing short of miraculous.

Funny and compassionate: This audiobook is about Anderson discovering and accepting the whole of who she is (separate from her mother), and making her discoveries accessible to women struggling to redefine their challenging relationships with their mothers. Her writing is relatable, real, funny, and compassionate.

What you'll learn inside this audiobook:

  • Why mothers and daughters tend to have difficult relationships
  • How to heal and transform your mother "wounds" from sources of pain into sources of creativity and wisdom
  • How to tell your stories in a way that empowers you, rather than making you powerless
  • How to handle the uncomfortable emotions that seem inevitable when it comes to your relationship with your mother
  • The art of creating, articulating, and maintaining impeccable boundaries
  • How to stop "shoulding" when it comes to yourself and your mother
  • How to "re-mother" yourself and acknowledge, honor, and meet your own preferences and needs
  • And much, much more
©2018 Karen C.L. Anderson (P)2018 Vibrance Press

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  • Michelle Groom
  • 2019-03-07

freedom in a book.

freedom in a book. a must read if you want to move on in your life. no matter your age.

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  • NewfoundPeace
  • 2019-06-19

WOWZA!!!!

If you are even debating this book.. DO NOT debate any longer.. it has surpassed my expectations!!!! The first 30 seconds I felt like Karen was talking to me, she has this way of helping you breakdown what you feel is happening and what might actually be happening. At the end of each chapter is a overview, breakdown and activity to help you put all this great information into action. This book does not shame your mother but instead focuses on you. What I love the most is how she teaches you it’s okay to have emotions, have feelings and what to do with them. I like that she helps you find the best path for yourself and for your mother. She talks about being emotionally enmeshed with your mother and how to find yourself without losing yourself. I’ve already sent this book to 3 friends because I cannot believe how much insight this book has given me. Whether your mother is currently alive or has passed away this book is for you. I cannot say enough great things about this book. I will be buying a paperback copy so I can highlight important parts and really take this book to heart. Thank you to the author Karen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-29

Had to return the book

I was annoyed with the condescending tone in the beginning of the book. Whenever people with childhood trauma are accused of having victim mentality is a red flag for me. I guess that's expected from a coach,real therapists know you have to acknowledge the anger and hurt and empathize with your vulnerable parts before you can move on. The author makes it sound like you can just snap out of it and calles it "wallowing" and being a victim, we are doing this to ourselves as it turnes out. I get that she was trying to "empower" but there are more compassionate ways to do it. Yes you can get stuck in your "wallowing" but you don't need to kick yourself about it, it just means there's more healing to do. You can calmly react to your mother's shenanigans only after you work through your hurt feelings with compassion. Even Bethany Webster who is a coach btw and whom the author quotes here acknowledges that you need to go to real therapy before you are ready to work with her. This book is not for people with CPTSD developed as a result of cruel abusive mothering. Mothers who can't love and Toxic parents by Susan Forward, Will I ever be good enough by KarylMcBride and Complex PTSD by Pete walker still remain better options.


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  • Joni Fortin
  • 2019-05-12

Buy the book

The content was solid. Narration was difficult to listen to, extremely robotic. I should have bought the book.