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Mother's and Daughters

Mothering Without A Past

Rachel Sherman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Sherman

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

Notes On My Mom's iPhone

Sasha Bronner | Posted 06.20.2015 | Women
Sasha Bronner

Someone famous once observed that the eyes are the windows to the soul. But in 2015, I am pretty positive that it's the notes section on our iPhones.

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

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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.

6 Mother's Day Gifts That Mom Actually Wants

Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents

Another gift-giving holiday is upon us, and this time it’s Mom’s turn to be pampered and showered with attention. However, the perfect gift for he...

Laughs and Lessons Learned Through Motherhood

Honey Good | Posted 06.14.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

My phone rang and I heard a young voice say, "Hello, my name is Lizzie Forman and I am calling to make an appointment for my mother. She needs help! I am out of school at 3:05 everyday. I want to bring my mom to see you!"

Two Women from India, and God: A Review of Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

I am yet to meet Lom Harshni Chauhan, but I'm quite sure that if any of the sort of unpleasant men who have been spotlighted in recent news stories about India got near her, she would leave them feeling truly sorry.

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

Amy Arndt | Posted 06.13.2015 | 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.

Life After Death: A Widow In The World

Melissa Gould | Posted 06.13.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

I am definitely a blank screen for everyone's projections. Lots of people need me to be OK. Some need me to be sad -- aren't all widows supposed to be sad? Others seem happy for my happiness, although slightly bewildered -- are widows supposed to be happy?!

9 Pieces Of Advice Every Mother Should Pass On To Her Daughter

Honey Good | Posted 06.12.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

The mother-daughter relationship is complicated. Most have hills and valleys. My relationship with my mother was no different.

Is This the Little Girl I Carried?

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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.

Rowing to Survive Breast Cancer

Ami Dudzinski Mehr | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Ami Dudzinski Mehr

There is no one size fits all for dealing with these situations, and I feel the way I approached my journey and recovery can empower other women. I didn't let cancer define me, but instead tried to look at the good that would come out of the situation to help other women.

Why I Refuse to Talk To My Children About 'Fat' and 'Thin'

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 06.06.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

I cannot protect my children from all possible health issues. Not every disease or disability, such as mine, is preventable. But I can enforce healthy choices, empowering my children with education and options.

Teaching my Daughter That Her Voice Matters

Becky Tountas | Posted 06.01.2015 | 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.

Remembering My Mother on Her 75th Birthday

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

The emptiness and loss never leave us, but in time, our memories soothe us. When life gets hard, I wish I could call my mom. Instead, I think of what she'd say.

You Are A Good Daughter

Rebecca Emily Darling | Posted 05.31.2015 | Women
Rebecca Emily Darling

If you have loved your mother enough to feel the pain of her hurting you, and the pain of you hurting her, you are a good daughter.

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

Julie Maida | Posted 06.03.2015 | 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.

Life After Death: When Looks Are Deceiving

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Gould

I know in time, things will feel better. It really does help heal. I still have some really sad days. I have some incredibly happy days, too. On a lot of days, I feel both. But still I grieve... which for now, is exactly what I need to do.

Is 'Pretty' A Bad Word?

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Leslie Kendall Dye

My mother told me I was pretty all my life because she never would have thought otherwise. She didn't insist I was pretty because she was obsessed with looks. She insisted because I was her daughter.

All Recipes Have a Secret Ingredient

Nancy Sommers | Posted 05.26.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Sommers

Though her memory doesn't cooperate any longer, I persist. "Mom -- do I use walnuts or almonds, red delicious or honey crisp apples? Should I use red wine or white?" It is Passover; time to make haroset, a sweet mixture of apples, nuts, and spices to recognize the hardships of slavery and the sweetness of freedom.

3 Words That Made My Relationship With My Kids So Much Better

Galit Breen | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

They were there to cheer on their sister; there didn't really need to be more than this to the day. It was enough.

A Letter To My Teenage Daughter While You're Still A Little Girl

Lauren Cormier | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

In case we lose our way somewhere in the next 16 years, and you find yourself standing some distance from me on the day you leave the nest, I want you to know what our relationship is like right now, when you're 2.

8 Lessons I Learned From My Daughter's Cheerleading Tryouts

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Whatever happens, it's all good. In every scenario there are lessons to be learned and opportunities to grow.

3 Powerful Lessons I Learned From my Mom

Barb Abramson | Posted 05.24.2015 | Women
Barb Abramson

Although she was not a risk-taker and often saw the negative aspects of a situation first, I could not have had a better role model than my mom.

A Letter to My Daughters

Kristen Elechko | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Kristen Elechko

I promised you, in those very first days, that I would always be available to you. I vowed that I would, most importantly, help you to develop a solid sense of self.

When Your Daughter's Purple Hair Is Making Yours Gray

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.23.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My daughter has purple hair, colorful tattoos and teaches physical and mental health to her loyal clients. I have thin hair, gnarly age spots and tell jokes until people snort beer from their noses.