But what does Mom really want? In a recent national retailers' poll of mothers,
49 percent of mothers expected flowers; 13 percent said they wanted them. Its
presence, not presents, that count.
In MY MOTHER, MY FRIEND: The Ten Most Important Things to Talk About with Your Mother (A Fireside Original/Simon & Schuster Trade Paperbacks; April 10, 2001; $12.00; 0-684-86606-4) author Mary Marcdante interviewed over 400 mothers and daughters. Her research shows that mothers said flowers and candy and other material gifts were nice, but the gift of spending time with them had the most lasting memory. There were four types of appreciation mothers said they wanted most:
∑ Kindness in words and actions
∑ Captured memories
∑ Services that improve the quality of her life
Marcdante is a communication and stress-management expert who presents programs concerning womens health and self care. In MY MOTHER MY FRIEND she guides readers through the process of changing patterns of communication and, ultimately, your relationship to your mother and yourself. Through questions, exercises, sample dialogues, and communication techniques you will learn how to talk to your mother, woman to woman, about the issues of life and death and everything in between including money, aging, family secrets, romance and intimacy, and self-image and beauty.
Unique in style, tone, and content, MY MOTHER, MY FRIEND takes the reader beyond theory and anecdote, and gives adult daughters insights and strategies they need in order to see their mothers as people worth knowing and celebrating.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MARY MARCDANTE is a communication and stress management expert. Since starting her speaking and training company in 1980, she has spoken to over 200,000 people around the world. Her corporate and association clients include Hewlett-Packard, National Association for Womens Health, and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. She lives in Del Mar, California. For more information, contact www.mmymothermyfriend.com or www.simonsays.com
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