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Mother's and Daughters

Mothering Our Maidens -- and the Perfection of Limitation

Jesua | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

What an incredible transition I have found myself in, mothering my daughter through this potent, renowned "nine-year change" -- navigating her swings...

6 Truths About Motherhood

Mommy Nearest | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Isn't it amazing how it's possible to never have a minute alone and yet to be heart-achingly lonely at the same time?

Passages

Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

This story is included in Tricia McCallum's first book of poetry: Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered .

To My Daughter, At Halftime

Whitney Fleming | Posted 12.30.2015 | 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.

You Are a Miracle: A Letter to My Future Daughter

Kerry Vollherbst | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Kerry Vollherbst

Daughter, when you feel surrounded by darkness, it's tempting to think you're meant to be dark, too. You might ask, "If others aren't beaming in this way, surely I'm not meant to; and surely I'm not capable of bringing light, right?"

What Losing My Wedding Ring Made Me Realize About My Daughter

Susan Fishman | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Susan Fishman

When she's tested, when she's standing face-to-face with fear, these are the things I'd like to tell my girl to not only hold on to, but to OWN

Mother

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 mou...

The Mother-Daughter Relationship

Honey Good | Posted 03.28.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

The truth of the matter is, I am my mother's daughter and have been for years. The ties between my mother and me are fierce and forever.

With a Conscience -- 'Our Mother's Daughters'

Claudia King | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Claudia King

In the end, there is only love of all the memories we were given. We are our mother's daughters. We have traditions, talents and our dreams just like them. We have our individuality, in spite of the occasional dissensions.

A Birthday Message to My 14-Year-Old Daughter

Kristen Daukas | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Kristen Daukas

I love the fact that I still get to catch glimpses of you as a little girl when you get excited over things. Sometimes I'm jealous of the secret giggles that you share with your friends -- especially when I ask what's so funny and get that look that teenagers are so good at giving

Sometimes I Just Miss My Daughter's Babyhood

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

I'm not tempted to have another baby, because that wouldn't solve the problem.I don't yearn for another child. I yearn for Jane, for Jane as a baby, the baby I miss sometimes.

To My Daughter, Who Turns 5 Today

Farah L. Miller | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Farah L. Miller

I saw it happen this fall. You turned from a toddler into a little girl right before my eyes.

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Alexis Meads | Posted 03.23.2015 | Women
Alexis Meads

A client told me how she noticed the color and taste of everything in a way she doesn't normally notice, and felt a profound gratitude for life. We've all known these moments. And the beautiful thing is that you don't need a lot of time to find the eternal in a common moment.

How To Communicate With Your Teen Daughter, Explained

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Trisha de Borchgrave

Telephone occasionally and bring the call to an end yourself, citing things you need to do. If leaving a voicemail (not more than one or two, max), don't sound breathless with that feigned surplus of activity, just minimally distracted by the fulfillments of your own life.

What Losing Your Mother Feels Like

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Losing a mother is like being on a ship that has lost it's ballast and is now at the mercy of the deepest ocean and all it holds within. I bob around without a foundation to bring me back to the same balanced spot each time, a spot I just can't get right.

A Whole Year Of Motherhood In Just 6 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents

A lot can happen in a year. If you need proof, try documenting it. Photographer and mother Fally Afani used a GoPro camera to film moments of her...

Why I'm Glad I Have a Distracted Kid

Mommy Nearest | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I have a child who doesn't sit still -- ever. Over the years, I've watched her peers learn to sit long enough to draw pictures. I've watched others learn to stay seated for an entire meal. My 5-year-old girl operates quite differently.

Being Afraid for My Daughter Will Not (Always) Save Her

Wendi Nunnery | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Wendi Nunnery

I've learned most mothers are good at what they do, flaws and all. In fact, it's our flaws that make us capable of instilling grace in our children. We have to learn to trust our instincts and trust that even when giving our best fails us, we are not failures.

As If Rinsing Out Ballet Tights Were The Truest Form of Love

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

I remember watching my grandmother, her wrinkled, blue-veined hands turning vermillion in the hot, Ivory soap-sudded water, working the day out of my stockings and slips.

The Importance of Wild, Complicated Women's Stories

Nicole Belanger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Nicole Belanger

When a female character is given full license to explore the boundaries of her humanity -- in all directions -- she represents pure possibility for the women on the other side of the screen or the page, consuming the story.

This Little Girl Is Married To Her Dad, And It's Not Up For Debate

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.08.2015 | Parents

Someone's a daddy's girl. When this mom asked her daughter "Who's married to Daddy?" her daughter had a very firm response. "I'm married to Dad...

6 Of The Biggest Parenting Regrets I've Had

Mommy Nearest | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

My baby was bald for her first two full years. Desperate to make her look girlier, I tracked down non-slip hair clips for "ultra fine baby hair" and stuck them on her two strands of hair. When I look back at photos, it just looks like she has a piece of felt glued to her bald head. Major fail.

When My 9-Year-Old Daughter Told Me I Was A Terrible Mom

Diana Whitney | Posted 03.08.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

How many angry letters and emails have I written in my lifetime? Volatile letters that brought powerful release for me, the writer, but perhaps churned up pain for their recipients?

I Sort of Love You

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

She may not love us as she thinks she should. "Should" is a nasty word -- she will learn that, too, as she learns to navigate the world that has disappointed her so. For now... I will take what I can get. And give all. As always. Because she is the best thing I have ever done.

My Mother Was Diagnosed With Alzheimer's When I Was 26

Rebecca Emily Darling | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Rebecca Emily Darling

This woman looks like my mother. She sounds like my mother. She smells like my mother. There is that visceral feeling when I hug her, that I am hugging the woman I came from, the woman of whom I am a piece, a rib. But each time she opens her mouth, I find that she is just an echo.