Archive for February, 2011

A Daughter’s Caregiving Story

I wanted to share this touching blog at Caregiving.com.  It’s one woman’s story as a caregiver with her failing Mother. It’s uplifting and real. I love it. It’s never too early to be prepared, and hearing other women’s stories can be so helpful. None of us are alone when it comes to our Mother relationships, […]

Finding Courage to Have that (Dreaded) Honest Conversation with Mother

I spoke recently with an outgoing, intelligent and successful woman who becomes as quiet as a mouse around her mother to avoid upsetting her. She learned early on not to rock the boat.  Instead, like so many daughters, she chooses to swallow the hurt, and act as if everything is okay. She knows in her […]

Identity – Artist Celia Paul and her Mother and Sisters

Another way to explore how we daughters see ourselves and our mothers is through art. Artist Celia Paul has made a career out painting portraits of her mother. But her latest exhibition in London, is an exploration of the similarities between her and her four sisters and the identity crisis that large families can cause. […]

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher on the Oprah Show

Did you see Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher on the Oprah Winfrey show earlier this week? Carrie shares her struggle as a daughter of a famous mother as well as her addiction issues. What do you think about it? It was moving to hear them share as simply Mom and Daughter. A daughter who has […]

Mid-Life Crises and Our Mother Relationships (Part 1)

So many of us go through a transformation in mid life. Some put it down to menopause, while others call it a mid life crisis where we try to cling to our youth. I came across another perspective from John Welwood which resonates with me, and possibly you too! What happens to us in our […]

Accepting The Changes We See In Our Mothers

This post follows on from our conversation on daughters as care givers and the reversal of roles that takes place as our mothers age and/or have health issues. Before the forum call I hadn’t really thought of myself as a care giver. My Mum lives alone, can manage the stairs, has an active social life, […]

How to Handle a Meddlesome Mother

I came across this article in Redbook magazine and wanted to share it with you. There are some good tips on ways to deal with the issue of an interfering mother: Yes, you love the woman, but her constant commentary on your haircut, housekeeping, and more is making you nuts. To get her to back […]

Help for Caregiving Daughters and Sons

Our next forum call (Wednesday Feb 9th at 6.30 pm ET) is on caregiving and the reversal of roles between mothers and daughters. Here are some links to on line resources that have lots of information and helpful advice: The New York Times has a blog on caring for aging parents called The New Old […]

Announcement – Next Forum Call Wednesday February 9th at 6.30pm

What’s Happening to Mom? Mark your calendars for our next forum call on Wednesday February 9th at 6.30pm ET Come and join in the discussion on the change in a daughter or son’s  role from care receiver to care giver. Together we will share our experience and look at answering the following questions: What’s happening […]

Ending the Blame Game with your Mother

We play the Blame Game when we focus on blaming someone or something for the situation or problem we have. However, we can’t solve the problem by stepping into blame. It takes us away from a solution. If you want the blame game to end, then read on.

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    Ask yourself if you make any of the following 15 statements. Find out if you are expressing yourself fully and are communicating with openness and presence.
    • SCORING The highest possible score is 30, and the lowest is zero. The higher the score, the higher your likelihood of having success in all your relationships. 0-9: You probably find yourself frustrated in relationships (especially with your mother) more often than you would like. 10-15: You have a high aptitude for relating and are open to learning 16-24: You have good relationship skills. How can you apply them more to your mother relationship? 25-30: Congratulations! Your capacity for present-centered relating is at a very high level.
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