Category Archives for Mother-Daughter Relationships

Want to Have a Great Relationship with Your Adult Daughter? Throw Away the Manual!

You love your daughter so much.  You’ve given much of your life to raising her the best you possibly can. You’ve given her lots of love and have made so many sacrifices for her.  Now that

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Back to Basics: 4 Tips for Being Authentic with Your Kids

As a parent, sometimes it seems like our kids just aren’t listening to us. Don’t let them fool you.  We have no idea how much of what we say they absorb, assimilate and recall as adults. This

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The Changing Job Description of “Mother”

Your daughter isn’t a kid anymore. She hasn’t lived at home for years, maybe even decades.  You don’t want to be shut out of her life, but maybe you feel that way. Is it because you

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How to Turn Off the Warning Sirens

There is nothing I have ever done in my life that has made me feel as vulnerable as becoming a mother.  Not even falling in love. As parents, we are pretty much constantly concerned about the wellbeing

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Come Down From Your Helicopter!

By now, most people have heard the term “helicopter parenting.” It refers to parents who hover over their children as much as possible, and do things for their children that their children are capable

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Manage Expectations for a Healthy, Loving Relationship With Your Daughter

One of the things I hear mothers of adult daughters talk about a lot is their expectations. Whether we voice them or not, we all have hopes and expectations for our daughters, both big things and little

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You Can’t Teach Your Kids What You Don’t Know

Sometimes being a parent can be so overwhelming. We want to be the best possible parent, but we make that a higher priority than being the best possible person.  We give our kids lots of love and

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Mothers and Daughters: Criticism and Acceptance

The single biggest complaint daughters have about their moms is, “She’s always criticizing me.” If you are a mom, you may be thinking, “I can’t open my mouth because my daughter takes

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Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Daughters!

For me, being a mom is the most challenging and most rewarding endeavor I have ever undertaken. The mother-daughter dynamic is amazing. As linguist Deborah Tannen describes in You’re Wearing THAT? They

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Are You Raising Your Children to be Approval Addicts?

We’ve all heard that being a parent is the hardest job on earth. I agree. But are we really making the job easier by teaching our children to obey us to obtain our approval and love? If you answer, “YES”

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