Katie's mom, Kim, also read A New Earth and says it has changed the way she parents Katie. When Eckhart explained the role of parents during Oprah and Eckhart's Chapter 4 Web class, Kim says it was a wake-up call for her. "I thought it was my obligation to give her advice whether she asked for it or not," Kim says. "I realized I need to learn that this is a role that's no longer required of me. She's an adult, and I need to relate to her as a mother and be there for her on a different level."
"I was so glad that she watched that class," Katie says. "She hasn't been calling me and giving me unsolicited advice. When we talk, I feel more like we're having a conversation—like she's one of my friends. My mom's my best friend, so I'm happy about the shift."