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Mother's and Daughters

Words For My Daughter On How To Be Still

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
Monica Stevens-Kirby

Sabbath is a lyrical word, a reminder of quiet places, sweet spots of shade and sunlight, warm, protecting. Sabbath is spoken with a whisper. At night, I sing the hymn, "In the Garden" to my daughter. Its melancholy lilt is knitted in a promise that God is with us.

What I'm Still Learning From My Mom, 20 Years After Losing Her

Ali Wilkinson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Ali Wilkinson

My mom died of brain cancer when I was in high school, 20 years ago now. And for many years, I missed her vividly. With time, the rawness of her loss faded. Because I lost her so young, I find that I don't miss her as much because of the experiences we shared or the conversations we had. I miss her for those we didn't.

Missing Mommy

Kyle Koeppel | Posted 05.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kyle Koeppel

Twenty-three years ago today my mommy died. Naturally, I have always spent this day in mourning. However, as I have grown up, the nature of my grief ...

How To Raise Brave Girls

Margie Warrell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Margie Warrell

Too often, somewhere between wearing tiaras and leaving school, we dial down our dreams and reset our sights as the realities of the real world crush in on us.

Raising Brave Daughters

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

Here we were, two 36-year-old women weeping at an elementary school talent show. And I suspected we weren't the only ones.

It's Casual Remarks Like These That Hurt Our Daughters

Janine Huldie | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Janine Huldie

The remark that my husband made to our older daughter stung. I had truly hoped that I had a bit more time before she worried about her looks and appearance, but just like that, my baby girl is growing up.

Are We Teaching Our Daughters the Right Lessons About Weight and Self-Esteem?

Susan Bodiker | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Susan Bodiker

Family time is precious. Serve healthy foods in healthy portion sizes, but don't make an issue out of who's eating what and how much.

5 Reasons to Hate School Spirit Week!

Nancy Laws | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Nancy Laws

Although most of this year's experiences have been incredible, the moment I saw the Spirit Week form this past Friday, I cringed, and got five new reasons to hate Spirit Week.

First Mother's Day Without Mom

Di Ana Pisarri | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Di Ana Pisarri

Man, did my mother love me. She loved me in ways she could not love herself. And now I am faced with this daunting task to love myself the way my mother loved me.

Bearing Witness

Annie Lascoe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Annie Lascoe

Until that February evening, I had never known of the pain that screams from the earth in that small village in the mountains of Caucasia.

My Fabulous Mother

Honey Good | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

No matter how angry I have been with her, there has never been a time I did not pick up the phone and call my mother and say, "Please let's not argue. I am sorry this is happening between us." My mother is the most important woman in my life. I love and respect her unconditionally.

My Mother, Not Me

Renee Fisher | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

By the time LBL's kids were teens, they had developed a real preference for any food product sold in cardboard boxes.

Don't Grow Up, Grow Beautifully

Kate Russell | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Kate Russell

I picked up the piece of paper as tears started to sting my eyes. Those letters were proof that my baby is growing up. I looked at her, my strong, spirited, joyful girl and said, bursting with pride, "When did you learn to write?"

My Daughter Is My Soulmate!

Eleni Makedonas | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Eleni Makedonas

What if we explored the definition of a soul mate and considered the possibility that a soul mate doesn't have to be a romantic connection? What if a soul mate could be anyone you choose. Suppose a soul mate is someone who you love deeply and dearly, but not necessarily in a romantic or sexual way?

Life Lessons I Learned In a Beauty Salon

Jacqueline Whitmore | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Jacqueline Whitmore

I'm not sure if any of my mother's customers knew how broken she was or how difficult it was for her to put a smile on her face each day, especially since she struggled with alcoholism. But because mom knew how to pull herself together, no one ever suspected what was hidden beneath her artfully applied make-up and stylish polyester pantsuit.

Love and Lipstick

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Tara Cousineau, PhD

I loved the Avon travel suitcase with its rows of compartments containing miniature lipsticks, nail polish bottles and sample packets of Skin So Soft oils. The lipsticks were the perfect size for me and my sister to play with and put on our baby dolls.

5 Lessons I Want My Daughter to Learn from 'The Golden Girls'

Mommy Nearest | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

The Golden Girls shouldered each other's burdens and shared in each other's good times. It is funny, heartbreaking and beautiful to watch. I hope that my daughter is blessed with great friends with whom she can share both joy and sadness.

Why Moms Make the Best Business Partners

Lisa Curtis | Posted 05.11.2015 | Women
Lisa Curtis

Not only is the timing right for mothers and daughters to start businesses, the combination is also an incredibly powerful one. My mother and I have practiced "working" together my whole life, and we've witnessed each others' leadership and partnership styles in every kind of situation -- I'd be hard-pressed to find a business partner I understood as much.

The Gift of Having a 'Second Mom'

Dina Strada | Posted 05.11.2015 | Women
Dina Strada

I want to salute all of the women out there who have taken someone in who is not their own daughter and made her feel loved.

To My Mom: All The Things I Never Told You

Sonya Matejko | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Sonya Matejko

Here it is as a testament to how much you mean to me. I am sorry for the things that I never told you. Mostly though, thank you for being my mother, and I know that I will love you always and forever.

An Other Mothers Day

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

Sure, take your mom to brunch if that's what she really wants. But today is not about seafood omelets or exclusivity. Today is about celebrating mothering. Let's minister to the sick, defend the weak, nurture the young, the old, the poor.

Mixed Feelings About Mothers' Day

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 05.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joanne Fleisher

As I've watched my mother grow old I realize how little control we have about how long we are fated to live. I've changed my thinking about the goal of a long life. Quality of life is more important to me. And how much control do we have over that? Still, I hope I will have the kind of spirit and pride Mom shows the world despite her certainty that she has outlived her time.

Mother's Day Cards I Could Use As An Estranged Daughter

Katie Naum | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Katie Naum

Thank You For Carrying Me In Your Womb and Giving Birth To Me. (inside) That Part Went Pretty Well From My Perspective. Remember The Time When We We...

How My Grandma Taught Me About The Beauty of Motherhood

Nicole Scott | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Nicole Scott

With wildflowers, my grandma taught me to see beauty in all things. To see the beauty that lies in the grittiness of life.

Mama Love Letters, Or The Beauty of the Napkin Note

Jenn Horton | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Jenn Horton

I'm a big believer that school lunch isn't just about what's between the bread -- my mom taught me that. Tradition or bust, in the napkin note we trust.