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Julie Firman & Dorothy Firman

- About the Book

DAUGHTERS AND MOTHERS:
MAKING IT WORK

by Julie Firman and Dorothy Firman
Published by Health Communications, Inc.

Empowering and nurturing or destructive and dispiriting, the mother/daughter relationship is life's most profound bond. Whether your relationship is fortified with love and encouragement or weakened by hurt and shame, this book will change your life for the better.

Mother-and-daughter therapists Dorothy and Julie Firman have taught thousands of women how to bring new trust, healing and energy to their mother/daughter relationship. Now they bring their popular relationship program to you in this practical guide. Through thought-provoking exercises and poignant personal stories, you will talk more honestly about your feelings; find a new appreciation of your strengths; move beyond negative patterns; and create a mutually beneficial relationship based on friendship, respect, trust and genuine caring.

As a daughter you'll learn how to:

  • Stop blaming your mother and become the architect of your own life
  • Recognize and harness your authentic power and personal strengths
  • Identify and abolish negative habits from childhood
  • Appreciate your mother's unique life experience
As a mother you'll learn how to:
  • Stop feeling guilty for what you did wrong
  • Appreciate your daughter's uniqueness instead of judging her
  • Support your daughter without stifling her
  • Renew your dreams and goals outside of your role as a mother

This is a book for women of all ages, one that is never too late — or too early — to read!

"This book is the absolute best! Nothing is to be cherished more than a good mother/daughter relationship, and no book is more likely to restore health, hope, happiness and emotional energy to that relationship than this book. It's a must-read."
- Mira Kirshenbaum, author,
The Emotional Energy Factor and Parent/Teen Breakthrough: The Relationship Approach

"[This book] has transformed my relationship with my mother from one of duty and obligation to a source of learning and joy for both of us."
- Marilyn Harris Kriegel, coauthor,
The C-Zone: Peak Performance Under Pressure

Copyright (c) 2003 by Julie Firman and Dorothy Firman. All rights reserved. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file, as long as the contents are not changed and this copyright notice is intact.

 

- About the Book

DAUGHTERS AND MOTHERS:
MAKING IT WORK

by Julie Firman and Dorothy Firman
Published by Health Communications, Inc.

Empowering and nurturing or destructive and dispiriting, the mother/daughter relationship is life's most profound bond. Whether your relationship is fortified with love and encouragement or weakened by hurt and shame, this book will change your life for the better.

Mother-and-daughter therapists Dorothy and Julie Firman have taught thousands of women how to bring new trust, healing and energy to their mother/daughter relationship. Now they bring their popular relationship program to you in this practical guide. Through thought-provoking exercises and poignant personal stories, you will talk more honestly about your feelings; find a new appreciation of your strengths; move beyond negative patterns; and create a mutually beneficial relationship based on friendship, respect, trust and genuine caring.

As a daughter you'll learn how to:

  • Stop blaming your mother and become the architect of your own life
  • Recognize and harness your authentic power and personal strengths
  • Identify and abolish negative habits from childhood
  • Appreciate your mother's unique life experience
As a mother you'll learn how to:
  • Stop feeling guilty for what you did wrong
  • Appreciate your daughter's uniqueness instead of judging her
  • Support your daughter without stifling her
  • Renew your dreams and goals outside of your role as a mother

This is a book for women of all ages, one that is never too late — or too early — to read!

"This book is the absolute best! Nothing is to be cherished more than a good mother/daughter relationship, and no book is more likely to restore health, hope, happiness and emotional energy to that relationship than this book. It's a must-read."
- Mira Kirshenbaum, author,
The Emotional Energy Factor and Parent/Teen Breakthrough: The Relationship Approach

"[This book] has transformed my relationship with my mother from one of duty and obligation to a source of learning and joy for both of us."
- Marilyn Harris Kriegel, coauthor,
The C-Zone: Peak Performance Under Pressure

Copyright (c) 2003 by Julie Firman and Dorothy Firman. All rights reserved. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file, as long as the contents are not changed and this copyright notice is intact.

About the Authors

Julie Firman, M.S.

I have watched my goals and perspectives change dramatically over my 80+ years. I was married before graduating from college even though I had gone for all four years. I just decided not to take any final exams because marriage seemed so much more exciting. Then we had three children and I decided I wanted to teach school. I went back to college and I received my degree when I was in my early 40s. I found I was a good teacher and taught school in various places when we moved around. Then when I was fifty I decided to get a Master's Degree in Counseling and did so. I also trained in Transactional Analysis and became a Clinical member and along the way took some training in Gestalt therapy.

My daughters married and I became a grandmother and found a new way to be nurturing and loving, perhaps, at times, trying to take over when it was unwise to do so. I continued to learn and take courses and to change my way of seeing the world and of loving people.

In 1979 Dorothy (nicknamed Didi) and I decided to try working together as two adults rather than as mother and child. A wonderful experience. Since then we have shared many days working together. As we worked together, I became more confident of myself and found that I, too, could speak to groups. I became interested in aging and how many choices we had as elders to lead full and inspiring lives. I still considered myself half of a team but ventured alone to give classes and talks on the process of growing old.

Dorothy Firman, Ed.D., LMHC

I've been a daughter my whole life, a mother for 30 years and recently I've become a grandmother. It's not the whole story. I'm a sister, wife, friend, psychotherapist, trainer of psychotherapists, writer, beginning potter.... and more. I have a daughter, a daughter-in-law, nieces, a grand- daughter, lots of "daughter" age people in my life. The mother/daughter relationship plays out not only with a mother and daughter but with many of the mother-age/ daughter-age relationships. It's a great thing, being part of the lineage of women, from the oldest to the youngest. I'm thrilled to have so many generations of our family available to each other.

I also know from my own family experience and from my twenty-five years of work as a psychotherapist that the relationship can be hard, painful, hurtful. I am deeply grateful that this work that my mother and I do touches women in a way that helps them find what is best in this relationship. I hope that this work touches you and that you in turn touch others.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Julie Firman and Dorothy Firman. All rights reserved. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file, as long as the contents are not changed and this copyright notice is intact.

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