The 10! Show

If you missed the segment discussing It’s Either Her or Me on NBC Philadelphia’s 10! Show on Monday morning, you’re in luck – you can watch the clip below!

Remember to watch FOX TV in Philadelphia Thursday between 9:30 and 10 a.m. for another great chat about fostering a positive relationship between a mother, her son, and his significant other.

30
Mar
2010

Upcoming Media Events for "It's Either Her or Me"

The first couple of weeks a book is released, the author is on a whirlwind of interviews. And then peace. But until then, here’s some of what’s happening:

Sunday, March 28: Interview on CBS’s New York affiliate station at 8:20 a.m.   Launch of new book at Borders in Langhorne, PA at 1 p.m.

Monday, March 29: Interview on NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate station on the 10! Show at 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 1: Interview on FOX TV in Philadelphia between 9:30 and 10 a.m.  Book Party in New York 7 p.m.

I’ll keep you posted of any changes!

26
Mar
2010

Ellie talks with Joan Hamburg on WOR710

Listen to my interview with Joan Hamburg on New York Radio Station WOR from March 23rd. We discussed It’s Either Her or Me about 12 minutes into the broadcst and covered a lot of those tricky bases with mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law!

Let me know what you think and if you have anything to add to the discussion!

24
Mar
2010

Sisters, Sisters

I’m often asked what prompted me to write on the topic of mothers of boys and their significant others. People often assume it had something to do with my feelings toward my son’s girlfriends or toward my own mother-in-law. But actually, it had little to do with me. And everything to do with my daughter.

I have been a single mom since my daughter was nine and my son was five and my husband, Charlie, died suddenly. Despite those young years of my kids acting like typical siblings and squabbling over the inequalities of bedtime or reprimands, they ultimately became very close. I like to take some credit for this, though I think it is more likely happenstance than parenting skills that made them appreciate they were all each other had. I figured the peace would be everlasting.

And then I experienced the effect of a stranger bursting into our family. It could be a man I’m dating, or someone my kids are. If it’s me, my kids become a unified force, simultaneously rolling their eyes and gaining solace knowing they both think that Mom has lost it. If my daughter brings home the stranger, my son doesn’t think any deeper than “Now I have company to watch sports,” and that he has a reprieve from my asking him to get off the couch. He assumes correctly. I don’t want to make my daughter’s boyfriend think that HE has to get up to help, too. Most important, this guy doesn’t affect my son’s relationship with his sister.

But my son’s choices? That is different. If his sister doesn’t like his girlfriend then I can kiss family vacations and get togethers goodbye. While my daughter isn’t leaving the family regardless of what we think of her boyfriend, my son will easily spend more time with his girlfriend’s family and less time with his own if he thinks she isn’t welcomed. And since the communication skills of males gradually lessen as they age, a mom could be devastated if some woman keeps her son at bay just because his sister doesn’t like her.

So when I write about “It’s Either Her or Me,” I am as much referring to the guy’s sister, as I am to his mom and significant other. Is this an issue in your family? At least – for what it’s worth – know you’re not alone.

24
Mar
2010

"It's Either HER or Me" on Sale Today!!

The day has arrived! “It’s Either Her or Me. A Guide to Help a Mom and Her Daughter-in-Law Get Along” goes on sale today in bookstores and online stores. I hope you enjoy reading it! I know many of you tuned into CBS The Early Show this morning to catch my scheduled interview but it has been rescheduled. Sorry! But completely out of my control. I will let you know when it is set, which will be within the next several days. I’m busy with radio interviews including the Joan Hamburg Show on WOR Radio in New York and will appear on NBC’s 10! Show on Monday, March 29 at 10 a.m. In the meantime, if you are in the area on Sunday, drop by the book launch at the Borders on Route One in Langhorne, PA. I’d love to meet you. In fact, the first five people who mention one of my earlier blogs will receive a free signed copy of “It’s Either Her or Me.” Thank you for tuning in!

23
Mar
2010


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