about the author
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is an author, blogger, and national speaker from Birmingham, Alabama. Her books for teen girls, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know and Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?, have been used widely across the country by teen youth groups and church groups to empower girls through faith.
Kari’s work has been featured on the TODAY Show, TODAY Parents,Yahoo! News, EWTN, Proverbs 31, Ann Voskamp’s blog, The Huffington Post, and other national outlets. She and her husband, Harry, have four daughters and a dog named Lola.
Favorite way to celebrate.
K: Christmas is our family’s favorite holiday. A few ways we celebrate are: watching all the Christmas movies in the week before, celebrating Advent and lighting candles on the Advent wreath, picking out and decorating our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, gathering with our large extended family (that includes 17 cousins total), wearing matching Christmas PJs on Christmas Eve, and going to Christmas Eve Mass.
B: A busy season, no doubt!
Favorite indoor activity.
K: watching movies, reading, doing classes on the Peleton bike, and organizing the house.
B: I thought we were really connecting until you mentioned the last two, lol! I am a newbie treadmiller but I wouldn’t put it or housework on my favorites list!
K: spanakopita, spaghetti and meatballs, Greek salad, pastitsio, and my daughter’s delicious cakes (follow her on Instagram at Baking with Ella K)
B: Carbs and sweets, now we are talking! Your daughter’s Instagram feed made me drool!
Favorite television series.
K: This is Us is our new favorite after we binge-watched it during the start of quarantine. Shows that I loved in the past are Downton Abbey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, and Castle.
B: I’ve heard This is Us is pretty popular! I’m more of a #ratherbereading kind of gal. 😉
Favorite places to visit.
K: Greece (my husband has relatives there), Italy, Montana, Fairhope, and Charleston.
B: Oooo! Those sound like some gorgeous destinations! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us, Kari!
about the book
Love Her Well by Kari Kampakis
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: August 18, 2020
Genre: Christian Living/Parenting
Moms are eager for tips and wisdom to help them build strong relationships with their daughters, and Kari Kampakis’s Love Her Well gives them ten practical ways to do so, not by changing their daughters but by changing their own thoughts, actions, and mind-set.
For many women, having a baby girl is a dream come true. Yet as girls grow up, the narrative of innocence and joy changes to gloom and doom as moms are told, “Just wait until she’s a teenager!” and handed a disheartening script that treats a teenage girl’s final years at home as solely a season to survive.
Author and blogger Kari Kampakis suggests it’s time to change the narrative and mind-set that lead moms to parent teen girls with a spirit of defeat, not strength. By improving the foundation, habits, and dynamics of the relationship, mothers can connect with their teen daughters and earn a voice in their lives that allows moms to offer guidance, love, wisdom, and emotional support.
As a mom of four daughters (three of whom are teenagers), Kari has learned the hard way that as girls grow up, mothers must grow up too. In Love Her Well, Kari shares ten ways that moms can better connect with their daughters in a challenging season, including:
- choosing their words and timing carefully,
- listening and empathizing with her teen’s world,
- seeing the good and loving her for who she is,
- taking care of themselves and having a support system, and more.
This book isn’t a guide to help mothers “fix” their daughters or make them behave. Rather, it’s about a mom’s journey, doing the heart work and legwork necessary to love a teenager while still being a strong, steady parent. Kari explores how every relationship consists of two imperfect sinners, and teenagers gain more respect for their parents when they admit (and learn from) their mistakes, apologize, listen, give grace, and try to understand their teens’ point of view. Yes, teenagers need rules and consequences, but without a connected relationship, parents may never gain a significant voice in their lives or be a safe place they long to return to.
By admitting her personal failures and prideful mistakes that have hurt her relationships with her teenage daughters, Kari gives mothers hope and reminds them all things are possible through God. By leaning on him, mothers gain the wisdom, guidance, protection, and clarity they need to grow strong relationships with their daughters at every age, especially during the critical teen years.
(2) winners will receive a print copy of Love Her Well by Kari Kampakis!
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