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Mother's and Daughters

What No One Teaches Us About Love

Ken Page | Posted 12.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Ken Page

We do not have to rid ourselves of our fear of intimacy before we can have deeper love. It's the practice of intimacy that gets us past our fear of intimacy.

6 Things I Want My Daughter To Know

Erin Dullea | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Erin Dullea

I wish I could give my daughter a cheat sheet so that I might spare her any experience that might dim her magnificent light. But this is her story -- heartbreaks, failures, lessons and all. And those will be her guides -- her messengers.

Gratitude for People Who 'Get It'

Meg Seitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Meg Seitz

I don't know if "getting it" is as much a part of any religious faith or doctrine as it is just about being an awesomely aware human. There's no book out there that says to drop off a casserole 24 hours after a lumpectomy and then follow up three days later with People magazine.

Would I Have Been Friends With My Mom if I'd Known Her Back Then?

Jesse Damiani | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

It's a simple question, one that many of us ask ourselves at some point. While scrolling through #tbt photos on Instagram, Danielle Delph, a Portland-based artist, had an epiphany: she wanted to explore the idea concretely.

My Phantom Daughter-in-Law

Amy Barr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Amy Barr

The transition from full time advisor to mind-your-own-beeswax bystander feels pretty jarring. After all, the role of daughter-in-law is a big position that someone will ultimately play in our lives.

5 Money Lessons to Teach Our Daughters

Beth Kobliner | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

Since math and money are so inextricably tied, it's possible that you're transmitting anxieties about both, leaving your daughter less confident to handle personal finance decisions

The 5 Ways I Promise Not to Embarrass My Daughters

Erica Ford | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

I promise not to flop onto her bed when her friends are over, fan out a bunch of Tiger Beat magazines and ask, "So who do you guys think is cuter? Zack from Saved by the Bell, or Ricky from Silver Spoons?"*

10 Things I Want My Child to Learn By Age 10

Mommy Nearest | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Raising a girl takes me back to my own childhood and brings up memories -- both good and bad -- of how fun, wonderful and difficult it can be navigating the move from child to tween.

10 Fall Must-Haves You AND Your Daughter Both Need

Laura Usky | Posted 12.09.2014 | Style
Laura Usky

1. Uggs. Yes, they are cliche and some say not the prettiest, BUT they are definitely comfy and can be thrown on with jeans, leggings and even skirts....

The Secrets to Raising a Confident Daughter

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

We moms want our daughters to feel strong, smart and powerful. But in an overstimulating world of mixed messages -- from school, friends, magazines and TV shows -- the goal of raising a confident daughter can feel understandably daunting.

Raising A Rock Star

Diana Whitney | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Diana Whitney

As parents, I think we need to discover an erotic world in our house that remains separate from the children. The girls have no trouble entering their imaginary realms -- any place, any time of day.

My Mom's Alive, But Her Eating Disorder Took Her From Me

Abby Norman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Abby Norman

By the time I started school, my mother's bulimia was a normal part of my life. But as I grew, her focus on my looks and her fears weighed heavily on me. It would take me years to figure out that it was never about me at all.

Her Heart Remembers: The Doctor's Office

Janelle Capra | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Janelle Capra

I tried to gain composure and looked at my mom through the tears in my eyes. She had been answering those questions like she was someone else. She has no clue that I have been the one paying her bills for the past three years! But, her rambling stopped when she saw that I was the one hurting, that I was the one who needed her.

Why I Want My Daughter to Learn Ballet

Mommy Nearest | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I am so excited for my 3-year-old daughter to start ballet class next week. She has been wearing her ballet shoes and leotard around the house and practicing her twirling in anticipation of the big day. She's excited because she adores dancing and pretty outfits. I'm excited for different reasons.

7 Tips For Surviving a Sleepover Party

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

You may think, "How hard can it be to have a sleepover birthday party for a bunch of 8-year-olds?" Please allow me to be the one to throw a bucket of cold water on your naïve fantasies.

When Your Adult Daughter Moves Home After a Breakup

Amy D. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Amy D. Cohen

Walking away from a relationship that isn't fulfilling you anymore is a huge right of passage for our daughters. And if they trust us enough to come to us for help during this journey, how lucky are we?

Grief In the Rearview: Three Motherless Years

Nicole Belanger | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women
Nicole Belanger

I assumed that it would be loud, dramatic and chaotic. I thought that my body would collapse under the weight of the grief, that I would be so beside myself with sadness that I would be unable to function.

Navigating the Nuptials: Surviving Our Child's Wedding

2BoomerBabes | Posted 11.15.2014 | Weddings
2BoomerBabes

Let's face it, weddings and all the related festivities are opportunities for awkward moments and a bit of hand wringing. As parents, we want to do more than just survive our child's wedding.

101 Things I Will Teach My Daughter

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Sierra Vandervort

Don't regret the times you feel sad. How else will you appreciate the times you feel good?

What I Learned About my Daughter's Identity While Shopping for Dresses

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Julie Flynn Badal

I worried about when and where my daughter would choose to wear the dress. I feared women from the Middle East might assume my daughter viewed the gown as a kind of costume that appropriated their culture. But for my child, I think the dress just symbolized selfhood.

Please Do Grow Up

Wendy Bradford | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

I remember when I realized I had a daughter and not just a baby. It was as if the planet shifted, and I felt close to slipping off. All the hard edges revealed themselves, and it occurred to me I would be teaching a girl how to be in a world I had not yet figured out.

That One Time A Stranger Called My Toddler 'Fat'

Janel Mills | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Janel Mills

To start, let's be real: Bella is not fat, or even remotely overweight. She's not rail-thin like my other daughter, but how many kids are? Bella is a healthy weight for her body and her age. To think someone could look at a child her age and think she is overweight is unnerving.

So Long, Sweet Summer

Courtney Byrne | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Courtney Byrne

I suppose I thought making a memorable summer for my girls had to include traveling to new and exciting places, but we seem to have made a million little memories just enjoying the simple things summer has to offer right at home.

Poet Slams Daughter's Twitter Hater

Tamara Star | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Tamara Star

Shame + embarrassment + grade school. These three words unfortunately seem to go together don't they? Now add in social media's catch fire resp...

Why I Really Love Princesses And all Things Pink And Girly

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

It's her love of pretty clothes, tiaras and princesses that are the threads I clutch to when I can't connect with her on any other level.