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Motherless Daughters

My Complicated Relationship With Breastfeeding

Emily Hatch | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Emily Hatch

What a wild ride breastfeeding has been. I've never been so determined to do anything, or so ill prepared.

Why Did This Happen? Estranging Myself From My Mother

Katie Naum | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Katie Naum

Why did this happen? There is no answer to that question. There are too many answers to that question.

I'm Motherless By Choice

Katie Naum | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Katie Naum

There is no easy way to say, "I'm estranged from my mother." It's even harder to say, "I've cut my mother out of my life," clarifying that you are the one who has severed the bond.

Mother's Day Kind of Sucks...

Elizabeth Golluscio | Posted 07.12.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Golluscio

Happy belated Mother's Day, to all of you who may still be finding your mom -- even after you've lost her.

It Took Me 49 Years to Truly Understand My Mom

TueNight | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
TueNight

While my mother and I didn't actually share the last three decades, now I know what it means to work at a marriage, to be a working mom and to watch my children struggle and blossom.

Finding Comfort on Mother's Day When Your Mother Has Passed Away

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeryl Brunner

For many of us who have lost our mothers, Mother's Day and the days leading up to it can be so painfully difficult. We're bombarded by endless commerc...

What I Know About Being A Daughter Now That I'm In My 30s

Claire Bidwell Smith | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Claire Bidwell Smith

My mother died when I was 18 years old. We were just beginning to know each other as adults, finally leaving behind the drama of my adolescence and the tedium of childhood. Now that I'm in my 30s, here's what I wish I could tell my mother.

Just One More Day

Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor

I wanted one more phone call, one more visit, one more chance to tell her the latest funny Abby story or something amazing Emma had learned in school.

Motherless Daughters on Mother's Day

Chef Rossi | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Chef Rossi

Taking the car service back to Manhattan, I didn't feel the cast-out sensation anymore. I looked out at the families coming back from brunch with Mom, happy and giddy. I spent the day with my mom, too! SO THERE!

Mother Hunger

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Losing my mother was one of the most gut-wrenching experiences of my life. Not a day passes that I don't think about my mother and what she would think of me.

A New Normalcy

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

My mother is dead, and I am still happy. I think about my friend who lost her mother when she was 15. I used to wonder how she could function so well when she was motherless. I told myself that I'd be a basket case in her shoes. Maybe people think that about me now?

My Kids Will Know My Mother In The Way I Love Them

Claire Bidwell Smith | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Claire Bidwell Smith

When I tuck my girls into bed at night, when I smooth Vera's hair away from her forehead when she has a fever, or scoop Juliette into my arms after a tumble, my heart spilling over for them, I often find myself breathless with the realization of just how much my mother loved me.

The Day I Became Older Than My Mother

Tamsin Eva | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Tamsin Eva

Becoming older than a parent can be a troubling transition. At the most base, mathematical level, it's hard to comprehend how they can still be your parent if you are older than they ever were.

Why I'm Glad May is Over

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.01.2012 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

In small ways, my friend and I had always been nurturing towards each other. I believe that this is something that motherless daughters sense about each other.

How a Motherless Daughter Gets Through Mother's Day

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeryl Brunner

As this Mother's Day looms, I think about how other motherless daughters cope. How can we feel included and feel better?

Parenting Without Parents: The Challenge Of Asking For Help

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Asking for help puts you in a vulnerable position. The person you are asking might just say no, and then what? "I can do it myself" is a mantra for many of us who grew up too soon.

Parentless Parents: The 'I' Factor

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

Parentless parents could read every parenting book in the world and we'd still never learn what we really want to know as moms and dads.