Your journey is so much easier, when you understand your parents’ journey.
and know that our lives mattered.
I started my career out of University, working as a Recreation Therapist with Seniors. I loved that job. I loved working with seniors and learned so much. I loved hearing their stories, their journeys. But the sad truth was that not many of them were all that happy. Many, especially the women, felt like they were being left behind, like their lives didn’t really matter, that they hadn’t really made a difference. And the sad truth is that many had never shared much of their stories with their families.
I found this incredibly sad… and wrong.
I felt is was important that we start asking our parents about their lives. I got to know my mom and her journey quite well. Unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about my dad’s journey. He never shared and the few times I asked, I didn’t know how to get him to keep talking and I never wrote it down.
I realized that many adult children never think to ask their
parents about their lives. My goal is to change that.
After my dad passed away, I spent some time not just getting to know my mom but understanding her, the choices she’d made and I also learned to understand how she expressed love. It transformed our relationship. The eye-openers I got were amazing.
After I healed my relationship with my mom, I understood and healed so much of myself that not only did we get some really good quality time before she passed away but she got to see me step up and live the life I wanted. Because my mom’s story was so inspiring and important, I founded The Women Writes Movement, I help women find their voice through writing.
I was shocked. But as women we are very humble and just do what needs to be done. And especially many women who are in their 70’s or older.
I truly believe that is important that we all learn to reframe our past so that we see it as positive and a great learning experience and to understand that we do what we know with what we have. The more we can shift to see the positive, happier and healthier we will be.
I’m on a mission to ensure that our mom’s and dad’s journeys aren’t lost and to help adult children, to reconnect with their mom’s and dad’s and to heal, mend or grow that relationship.
I do recognize that not all relationships can be healed but they can be from your perspective.
I am Glenna Mageau. I am a multi-award-winning author, and speaker. I write page turning suspense/thrillers (Maggie Thom) and heart-touching, humorous nonfiction (Glenna Mageau). I have interviewed many elderly about their lives and their stories. I am truly inspired by their journeys, their knowledge, their wisdom and believe that we all need to start these conversations so that their journeys can be told and preserved.
My 2 latest books—Do You Know Your Mom’s Story? 365 Questions You Need to Ask Her, and Do You Know Your Dad’s Story? The Unasked Questions. —are a way to get conversations started between Moms, Dads and adult children. Too often as their children, we forget to ask Mom and Dad about their lives, what they wanted in life, what it was really like growing up in the time they did—what were the beliefs, habits, expectations and how did that shape their lives.
These books are a way to get Mom and Dad to share their journey and their life, especially if they are elderly and a way to preserve their journey. Understanding your parents’ journey will help you to understand them in a whole new light, communicate easier and go into old age with a different mindset.
Age with understanding, dignity and respect.
Getting to know and understand your mom and dad will be the best gift you can give them and give yourself.
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“…it reaches far beyond dates of birth, marriage and death and into the heart and soul of a woman and her family…” Multi-Award-Winning Author P.M. Terrell
What do you really know about your Mom?
Do you know what her hopes, dreams and desires were? Did she live them?
Your mom is so much more than the woman who raised you. She grew up in a time very different from yours—there were different beliefs, habits, and ways of doing things. Your mom has seen a lot in her life, getting to hear her journey will help you to understand her in a whole new light. Now is the time get to know her and to document her life. The only way to find out about your mom’s story is to ask… because one day she won’t be there anymore.
When we reach old age we should know our lives mattered, that we mattered, that we are loved, happy and feel connected.
This book offers a way to start conversations between you and your mom—in particular, elderly mothers. It is a guide which provides questions to ask, as well as how and when to ask them. Use this as a way to grow, heal and/or mend the relationship between mom and child; preserve this woman’s journey through life and in particular her role as Mom. Her story is her legacy to you.
Use book that is full of information, how to’s and journal space or workbookspace to keep track of the stories your mom tells you. Enjoy the journey.
“…insightful questions with thought provoking examples and explanations…” Christine Jackson
“…this book, Do You Know Your Dad’s Story?, along with its companion, Do You Know Your Mom’s Story? become more valuable as the decades slip past, providing a snapshot in time not only of the individuals but also of the era in which they lived…” p.m.terrell, award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of history and suspense
What do you really know about your Dad?
Do you know much about his childhood? The difficulties he has faced? The fun things he did? The things he wished he had done?
Your dad is so much more than the man who raised you. He grew up in a time very different from yours—the beliefs, habits, and expectations were very different, as were the way things were done. Your dad has seen a lot in his life, getting to hear his journey will help you to understand him in a whole new light.
Start the conversation with your dad, especially if he is elderly. This book is a guide which provides questions to ask, as well as how and when to ask them. Use this as a way to grow, mend and/or heal the relationship between you and your dad; preserve this man’s journey through life and in particular his role as Dad. His story is his legacy to you.
Use book that is full of information, how to’s and journal space or workbookspace to keep track of the stories your dad tells you. Enjoy the journey.
“…a wonderful way for adult sons and daughters to hopefully improve relationships with their Dad, learn something new or just have intriguing conversations with their fathers…” Christine Jackson