Monday, March 24, 2008

Starter Questions

I am searching for heartfelt and inspirational stories about mother-daughter relationships, stories that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories from which daughters and moms might derive hope and guidance after reading them.

What did you learn from this unique parent-child relationship, how it has changed over the years, how you two dealt with conflict, etc? The stories can be about good or bad times, as long as the result is something others can learn from. There are no format or length requirements.
For more information about submitting your story, please visit my website, www.gregoryelang.com, and click the red corner on the home page, just beneath the “Projects” tab.

I’m also collecting photos of moms and daughters to display on this blog. If you’d like to submit one, please email it to greg.lang@mindspring.com.

If this is your first visit to my blog, please read the Frequently Asked Questions posted on March 20, 2008.

Now on to today’s post~

Here are a few questions to consider in case you need help getting started:

For Moms
1. What are your favorite memories of daughter-mom moments spent together?
2. What are your hopes and dreams for your daughter?
3. How has having a daughter changed you?
4. What advice would you give new moms of daughters?
5. What regrets, if any, do you have about the way you parented your daughter?
6. If you also have a son, what is the difference, if any, in raising boys and girls?
7. What was the great mystery for you when raising a daughter?
8. How do you want your daughter to remember you?

For Daughters
1. What are your favorite memories of time spent with mom?
2. What aspects of your relationship changed over the years and how do you feel about that change?
3. What advice would you give new moms of daughters?
4. What was the occasion when you first understood how much your mom really loved you?
5. When did you mom begin to see you as a mature adolescent/adult instead of a little girl?
6. In what ways do you hope your relationship with your mom will change?
7. How would your mom say if asked, Tell me about your daughter?
These are just suggestions but anything is game so long as it is inspirational and informative to daughters and moms looking to better understand each other or simply want to celebrate what they share.

I found Violette DeSantis’ review of “Sisters” over the weekend on the BellaOnline website:

“New York Times best-selling authors Gregory E. Lang and Janet Lankford-Moran have completed another book together. Sisters - 100 Ways They Bless Our Lives is a book for any age, timeless enough to sit anywhere in your house just waiting to be read.

The beautiful black and white photography has a color all its own. Photos of young and old alike remind you of the special people in your life and what they meant to one another, as if they were photos of your own mom and aunt, or you and a sister. Inspired by her own experience with her sister, Janet Lankford-Moran wrote Sisters - 100 Ways They Bless Our Lives, with Gregory E. Lang, as a thank you in a way to her own sister for having nearly raised her after their mother passed away when Janet was 8 years old.

Sisters’ has the ability to reflect life the way we remember it. Remember all trying to fit into a bathroom together, or dressed up for Easter posing for a picture, and then down the road having coffee when you’re both all grown up? In the midst of the photos are the 100 ways they bless our lives. They are little thoughtful sayings that continue to remind us of why we love our sisters, and remind us of our own stories that we share together with them. My favorite is “Sisters… make a house a fun place to live.” It makes it easy to cherish the two year old running after the four year old in that pitter patter way that makes one smile. And “Sisters… can get on each other’s nerves, but always get over it.” A bittersweet thought, to remember the differences we have and how we overcome them for love.

Priced nicely at $14.95, Sisters: 100 Ways They Bless Our Lives, is a book perfect for a special gift to your sister, friend or any woman in your life who shares a similar bond with another woman since childhood. Tuck it into a basket of goodies as a special treat or just give as a gift on its own. It is also a great coffee table book for family and friends to peruse during visits.

Sisters - 100 Ways They Bless Our Lives is published by Cumberland House Publishing, (April 2008) which also published Lang and Lankford-Moran’s “Why a Daughter Needs a Dad” and “Why a Son Needs a Dad” and many others.”

As you might guess, I invited Violette to submit a story for Mom’s Little Angel. She has three daughters and I’m sure more than qualified to pontificate on the subject!

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!

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