Women who are mothers writing about motherhood what better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to read or share a book like that? One excellent example is Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health by best-selling author Dr. Christiane Northrup (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom). Northrup points out a simple but profound truth: every woman is a daughter. She believes the mother-daughter bond, "in all its beauty, pain and complexity, forms the very foundation of a woman's state of health." Northrup likens the stages of a woman's life to moving through a house, starting at the foundation and going upward. If a woman moves confidently from one room to the next, she builds a legacy of emotional and physical health, a guidepost for her daughter to follow. Failing to do so, however, getting stuck in one room or skipping one, often results in emotional or health-related problems. But she also maintains that despite the connectedness between mothers and daughters, each woman is on her own separate journey, responsible for "her own life, her own choices, her own happiness." Mother-Daughter Wisdom offers a wealth of advice on health eating, exercise, self-esteem, moral decisions, money matters, sexuality and it's a must-have on every woman's shelf.

Linda Stankard is a mother and a daughter.

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