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Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs by Pearl Cleage

In this inspiring memoir, the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisces on the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to become a successful writer.

In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit, but there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and ’80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amid personal and professional tumult.

Though born and raised in Detroit, it was in Atlanta that Cleage encountered the forces that would most shape her experience. At the time, married to Michael Lomax, now head of the United Negro College Fund, she worked with Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African-American mayor. Things I Should Have Told My Daughter charts not only the political fights but also the pull she began to feel on her own passions—a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment. This fascinating memoir follows her journey from a columnist for a local weekly to a playwright and Hollywood scriptwriter whose circle came to include luminaries Richard Pryor, Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Shirley Franklin, and Jesse Jackson.

In the tradition of giants such as Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, and Maya Angelou, Cleage’s self-portrait raises women’s confessional writing to the level of fine literature.
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30 Compliments I’m Going To Give My Daughter (That Will Have Nothing To Do With How She Looks)

The next time you see someone greeting a little girl, pay attention to what they say to her. I consider your feelings equal to mine, not a burden to me. I love you, which means I like you, and I want you to be happy, and I want to protect you. Your uncle said that to me when he was three. And you are great with knowing when you need to tell a grown up even if you promised not to. I love what you painted, I think it looks great. I admire how well you play pretend, I was never great at it, will you teach me how to do it better?

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8 Ways to Improve Parent Child Relationship

The moment my daughter was born, I knew my life had changed for the better. My daughter was born on a warm June night nearly nine years ago. Hours after she came into this world, my husband slept as I held my firstborn, my little girl, in my arms and we stared at each other. It was our first time to be alone. She didn't cry or squirm. We just silently studied each other's face by the dim light of the hospital hallway and I knew right then that my life had changed for the better. Her beauty takes my breath away.

In a world where saying "no" is usually a lot easier than saying "yes," it is important to bring up children who don't feel that negativity has a higher value than positivity. Encouraging words can have a truly lasting effect on your kiddos years and years after you've said them, so we should choose to use phrases that will make them feel good about themselves inside and out, things that will stick with them as words that got them through tough times. Whether you want to tell them how great they were at their soccer game, or how much you love spending time with them, here are 66 positive and encouraging things to say to your child on a daily basis. Our Family newsletter is a little parenting cheat sheet, delivered to your inbox daily. View On One Page. Photo 0 of 7.


  1. Daniel H. says:

    For the past two years I've published a personal post about my relationship with my only daughter on her birthday. And so on this day, which.

  2. Stephane D. says:

    I love that her imagination is so wild that we had to ban one of her made-up friends from visiting her anymore because of the things she was.

  3. Anne Z. says:

    66 Positive Things You Should Be Saying to Your Child

  4. John B. says:

    You love singing and will sing me a song whenever I need to be cheered up. Even though you don't know all of the words to your favorite songs.

  5. Rene N. says:

    You probably remember your daughter's first day of school as if it were yesterday.

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