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Mother Daughter Relationship

Hurry Up, Rapunzel!

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

As parents, we do our best to plan for memorable moments. To create and capture the perfect photo opps. We watch as the baby fat fades and the school years pass, and we want to make it all count. Every second. Every moment. But why are we trying so hard?

Mothering Without A Past

Rachel Sherman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Sherman

All mothering attempts seem to be a reaction: you either emulate your own experience, or you rebel against it.

Pick a Body Part You Love Between Your Neck and Knees

Michelle Cove | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Girls pick up on our every sigh when we try on jeans that are snug, every groan when we don't like how our dress fits. And they hate hearing our disparaging remarks. It makes them feel sad because they love us. Our comments also normalizing the act of trash-talking our bodies.

I Just Discovered the Truth -- I'm a Happy Mom

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

On one worksheet, the students were supposed to use the vocabulary words they had studied in a sentence. My daughter, however, chose to write a sentence on her own, using none of the required words. The sentence stopped me in my tracks.

What Great Mothering Is Really All About

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Great mothering lives in being the biggest fan. It means letting children be who they are instead of trying to change them to be who we want them to be, and it means guiding them gently in the way they should go.

A Birthday Letter to My Almost 12-Year-old Daughter

Amy Arndt | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Amy Arndt

You don't need a significant other to be significant. I wish I'd spent less time as a teenager thinking I "needed" a boyfriend. Enjoy friendships. They usually last longer, anyway.

Is This the Little Girl I Carried?

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents
Leslie Kendall Dye

She's mesmerized by the girls, and I'm fascinated by her. I can feel her leaning into them. We are social animals and her timer has gone off and she wants to participate. She wants friendships and cross talk with children her own age. She yearns to be close to older children, older girls.

Advice for My Daughter on Her 10th Birthday

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

This "deodorant effect" applies to life in general: Anytime you can do something simple to ward off a problem down the road, do it. It gives you the best chance to come out smelling like roses... or at least not like body odor.

Teaching my Daughter That Her Voice Matters

Becky Tountas | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

Every time I hear her loudly demanding to watch Frozen again or asking for the RED cat shirt, not the white one, I think to myself: Yes, speak up! I silently hope she will always take up space and use her strong voice.

Letter to My Pre-Teen Daughter

Marwa Azab | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Marwa Azab

As desperate as my pre-teen might be to shed her childhood, I am desperately holding on to whatever childish reminders kind moments offer me.

Dear Daughter, I Just Wanted You To Be Better Than Me

Julie Maida | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Julie Maida

I always thought it was my job to teach you about life, but I fear you may not have learned as much from me as I have from you.

How To Hit The 'Reset' Button If Your Mother/Daughter Dynamic Is Messed Up

Posted 03.27.2015 | Dr. Phil

Amber, 24, says her mom Julie failed her as a parent. "At this point, I am through with her unless I see some drastic change but I don't think she's c...

Why There's an Age Gap Between Our 3 Children

Alishia Osborn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Alishia Osborn

She is the most determined, tough little girl I know. She doesn't take crap from anyone. She loves hard, plays hard, tries new things, doesn't give up and leaves me amazed at what she can accomplish.

Why 21-Year-Old Blames Her Mom For Weight Struggles

Posted 04.21.2015 | Dr. Phil

“My mother is always mean to me and constantly making comments about my weight,” says 21-year-old Dominique, who weighs 229 pounds. “She always ...

8 Things My Very Tall Daughter Can Expect

Ali Solomon | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Ali Solomon

If people who see your your elongated limbs assume you run fast, are graceful or have coordination, don't correct them. By the time they learn the truth, you'll already be the team captain.

The Frenemy In The Mirror

Georgia Kolias | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Georgia Kolias

If my daughter had my body, did that mean that she would have an adversarial relationship with her body? Or was it possible that she could retain that natural self-acceptance that children are born with?

How I Coped With My Mom's Breast Cancer

Meg Seitz | Posted 03.06.2015 | Women
Meg Seitz

It's a total head game when someone you love is diagnosed with cancer. You start to question absolutely everything -- what you do, what you say, who your friends are, who you date, who you are.

Mothers, Daughters and Eating Disorders

Rosjke Hasseldine | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosjke Hasseldine

Mother blaming is patriarchy's age-old way of taking the focus away from the harm that it causes women by making women responsible for harming themselves.

Why I Want to Be Outwitted By My 3-Year-Old (Sometimes)

Jamie Harrington | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Jamie Harrington

I'm not there on the playground when she has to decide if the best decision is to hit a kid or to convince them to give her the ball. Hopefully, the argumentative skills she's learned at home teach her to get that ball without being aggressive.

Best Supporting Actress? Mom

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I pulled her into an empty rehearsal room and wracked my brain. When in my life had I been truly scared? And what had people said to ease my fears?

I Had A Baby, But I Was Nobody's Mother

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

I kissed a girl for the first time when I was 22 years old and fell madly in love. For nine months before, she had been my constant companion, a blind little flounder that swam and bubbled under my skin. She was warm and wet and growing every day; I was terrified.

The Lessons My Daughter Taught Me

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

One of the hardest things about single parenting is accepting my children's choices without apology, shame or judgment.

How the Dynamics Change When Your Teen Gets Her Driver's License

Judy Mollen Walters | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Judy Mollen Walters

I like getting to talk to my daughter, and the car is one of the best places. There's little or no eye contact, so we can talk about lots of things we might not otherwise talk about.

To My Daughter, At Halftime

Whitney Fleming | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

Although other moms have warned me that the second half is hard -- perhaps the hardest -- part of having a daughter, I think we're ready to tackle it. Like any good coach, I've got a game plan, and I know what worked in the first half probably won't work in the next.


Amy Elias, MS | Posted 03.31.2015 | Women
Amy Elias, MS

Of all the words there could ever be titles and fashions of the lady I love, Mother shines way above the beauty of all tragedy. Of all the...