Dial Up the Dream Book

“With a focus on the “challenges, obstacles, stressors, and traps” for the mother-daughter relationship during the tricky “emerging-adult” stage of teen girls’ lives, therapist O’Grady offers clear-eyed, practical guidance for mothers about facing drama, rash decisions, and general edgy teen-ness with love and understanding—all while protecting the daughter and the relationship” – Publishers Weekly

Colleen O'Grady

Dial up the Dream

Make Your Daughters Journey to Adulthood the Best for Both of You

What if you knew what to expect about the emerging adult years?

What if you could stay close even when she leaves home?

What if you had a coach who could help empower you for your new role and help you avoid all the typical traps moms fall into?

You can! bestselling and award winning author Colleen O’Grady will show you how.

“O’Grady proves assured and inviting, offering wisdom—”As the consultant, Mom’s role is one of a coach”—that her book exemplifies: it’s a work of first- rate coaching itself. Smart, concise action steps, exercises, and chapter summaries round out this polished, approachable volume.” – Publishers Weekly


About the Book…

A DAUGHTER’S TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD can be even more stressful on mothers and daughters than the teen years. In this follow-up to her bestseller, Dial Down the Drama, family therapist Colleen O’Grady helps you navigate this tumultuous time with an essential guidebook to this important stage of life and your evolving relationship.

Packed with insights into what you are feeling and experiencing with your daughter right now, and a roadmap for what’s coming.

You’ll learn:

What's going on with your daughter emotionally and physiologically, so you can set realistic expectations

How to avoid common emotional traps that mothers can get caught in

Why it's important to change your parenting role from monitor to trusted consultant--and how to do that

How to use this phase in your daughter's life to dial up your own dreams

How to set the stage for a vibrant, meaningful, lifelong mother-daughter relationship

“I wrote this book for you!” Colleen writes. “I not only have helped thousands of moms through this transition, I have lived this with my own daughter. Even though I had been a therapist for twenty plus years I was surprised at how challenging and concerning this time was. We kind of think that after our daughters graduate from High School we’re done. They are legal adults right? But then one day it hit me. If their brains are not fully developed till 25 no wonder we are confused. Moms you have a role to play but it’s a delicate balance because your daughter needs to find her way.”

Dial Up the Dream Book

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About Colleen

COLLEEN O’GRADY, MA, is a licensed therapist, coach, and trainer who helps moms reduce drama, reclaim their lives, and dial up their dreams with their teen and young adult daughters.

After fifty thousand hours of working with moms and daughters and having lived it with her own daughter, she published her award-winning and bestselling book Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage Daughter—A Guide for Mothers Everywhere.

Colleen has shared her message of practical hope with moms worldwide in Parents magazine, Wall Street Journal Lunch Break, popular parenting podcasts, and on the red carpet at TEDxWilmington. Colleen is the host of the Power Your Parenting: Moms with Teens podcast; in 2021, it was ranked number one among podcasts on parenting teens.

About Colleen O'Grady