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Mother Daughter Relationship

Pretty Party

Kristin Armstrong | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women
Kristin Armstrong

Accepting our aging is an act of love towards ourselves; an act of grace, generosity and freedom to the people we care about; and a welcome offering of humility to the world.

My Daughter Can Never Know I Think I'm Fat

Keesha Beckford | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Keesha Beckford

I never want my daughter to know that at any given moment, I see myself as 5-10 pounds shy of my goal weight. And happiness. And I never want her think that a natural part of being a woman is living in a chronic low-grade fever of body dissatisfaction.

Go Ahead and Fail, Baby Girl

Leslie Blanche | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Leslie Blanche

I know that I can never live up to the image of perfection that she has of me right now, so I will enjoy it while it lasts. Truthfully, I don't want her to be just like me. I want her to be better than me. I want her to be HER.

Where Baby Ends and Mom Begins

Jill Patir | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

Is it really the baby who needs a strict, set routine? Or is it my own anxiety that is eased when things are predictable? Where exactly do her needs end and mine begin?

6 Things You Can Teach Your Daughter About Her Body

Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill & Dr. Alane Park | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill & Dr. Alane Park

Little girls don't stay little forever. And as your daughter develops into a young woman, you'll need to have the "talk" with her about her changing body. Here are six topics you should cover to ensure she has the information she needs about her developing body.

At the Risk of Sounding Cliché...

Jill Patir | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

Becoming a mother has opened my eyes to a world of experiences that sometimes, for better or worse, can only be summed up with a cliché.

Ban Bossy

Kim Keating | Posted 03.13.2014 | Women
Kim Keating

Once I learned that being "bossy" was necessary if I wanted to get ahead, I got comfortable being assertive.

Parenting During a Crisis

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

She knows I am sad. And she has seen me cry. I just don't want her to witness me losing control. I think that could be scary for her.

6 Questions Everyone Needs To Ask Their Mother

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

When my mother was just six years old, her mother died unexpectedly. Much of my mother's image of her own mother has been shaped by a few old photos, anecdotes from a cousin or two, and the dim but cherished memory of being loved.

Real Love Letters: My Mom's 20+ Years of Writing to Her Kids

Idealist | Posted 02.28.2014 | Women
Idealist

Septuagenarian bicyclist, landlord of historic homes, singer in the choirs... The lady has always rocked life with gusto and generosity, and very much to her own beat. This could not be better illustrated than by the over 20 years of letters she's faithfully written to me and my older brother.

What Happened When I Took a Selfie With My Daughter

Jessica Braun | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Jessica Braun

I asked Emma why she started smiling with her lips together. "Because I hate my teeth," she said. "I stand in front of the mirror and practice smiling with my mouth closed." She's 7.

There Is No Greater Fury Than a Mother Scared

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Lisa Longo

I know a better, safer, stronger, more secure world is possible. We do not have to accept this world as it is, we can create the world we want in our own image. Nothing is beyond our ability, I truly believe that. We simply need to find our resolve to do it.

The Girl With the Faraway Eyes

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

There was a time when my siblings and I bought presents for my mum and dad on New Years Eve -- the night they were married. It's been nearly 20 years since my dad passed away. I wonder, if like me, my siblings are remembering special dinners, pretty dresses and two people in love.

Jumping With Both Feet into the New Year

Pia de Jong | Posted 03.02.2014 | Women
Pia de Jong

I can see her in front of me, her two braids dancing on her winter coat, her flushed cheeks, jumping faster and faster, her eyes on the far shore, which now seemed farther and farther away.

Why I Bought My 80-Year-Old Mother a Tiara

Emma Nicholson | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Emma Nicholson

I decided this Christmas to give her something to remind her of how special she is and how much fun there is yet to be had...

The Best Christmas Gift I Could Give My Daughters

Virginia Sullivan | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
Virginia Sullivan

My mother was raised to find a good husband. In her era, it was important that she know how to clean a house, plan a party and be a good spouse to the executive she was going to marry someday. Her Christmas activities were to have my dad's boss over for dinner, wrap all the gifts and always keep the house tidy and welcoming. She was the demure little housewife that everyone called his 'better half'.

Christmas Cards From Mom

Frida Berrigan | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

Now that I'm an adult with my own kids -- I'm expecting another one early in the new year -- I find a whole new plateau of pleasure in the Christmas season.

I Have A Daughter With Intense Emotions

Kate Russell | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Kate Russell

My daughter does not behave the way she behaves because she wants to hurt anyone, she's not crying out for attention, nor is she trying to be manipulative, and I'm not even sure she is just being a possessive 'terrible two.' She is simply a 2-year-old who suffers from intense emotions.

My Girl Can Ignite a Fire

Rachael Clarke | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

I think of myself, how my own spunkiness has been tamed, lessened with politeness and from experience, and I am so glad that the spiritedness has come full circle.

How A Mother's Shame Can Morph Over Time

Jane Isay | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Jane Isay

As I walked out of my mother's room in Mt. Sinai hospital that summer day in 1982, I ran into my cousin, who was a surgical resident on her floor. My mother was recovering from the second surgery in six months. The cancer could not be stopped.

How I Finally Made It Onto My Daughter's Instagram Feed

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

I was scrolling through my phone while I was making breakfast for Little Cuddy's older brother when I saw your tweet. And I don't know if it was the 4 1/2 hours of sleep I got or what but when I read it, I started to cry. In a good way.

The Thin Pink Line

Whitney Fisch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Whitney Fisch

My mom used to tell me, "Whitney, you can only count on two people in this world -- your mom and yourself." It's a beautiful statement, if not a little sad.

A Promise 20 Years Later With the Launch of The Sleepy Star

Adrienne Austermann | Posted 12.25.2013 | Books
Adrienne Austermann

Inspired by a school assignment, I wrote my daughter a story. A short, sweet, rhyming bedtime tale about dreams and adventure. It was our evening closure. Although she would have never remembered, or held me to it, I promised I would make that story into a book.

What My Mother Knew The Moment She Met My Daughter

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

My mother and this relationship we had. So tested, yet so strong. More than anyone else, I cared about what she thought. Maybe because I knew I was so much like her. Maybe because if I saw strength in her, I knew I could be strong too.

Mommy Loves My Pretty Body

Kelly Pfeiffer | Posted 12.21.2013 | Parents
Kelly Pfeiffer

As adults, I think we need to be really careful about not only what we say directly TO our children, but also what we say about other people AND ourselves.