Archive for May, 2011

Its All About Me! – Life’s Biggest Lesson

Some of us go through life looking to other people to make us feel good. As long as we do that we will also blame others and circumstances when things don’t go our way. When it comes to mothers and daughters, it can certainly become a habit! When we hurt or feel attacked a usual […]

6 Steps To Have The Relationship You Want With Your Mother

Question: How do I want my relationship with my mother to be? Answer: Start to craft the daughter mother relationship that works for me now. Face the issues and work on them before it’s too late!   This is Denise McGregor’s strategy in her book Mama Drama. She suggests we begin with the end and […]

Communication 101 for daughters and mothers – #1 Be Response-able

Do you recall the Brain Johnson video clip about response-ability? Being response-able is when we are able  to choose an empowered response in the space between the stimulus and our knee jerk reaction. In other words, when our buttons get pushed, being mindful and choosing how to respond. This is no easy task, especially when […]

Capturing Your Mother’s Story – Part II The Interview

If interviewing your mother feels daunting to you, here are some different approaches you can take, along with questions to ask. Talking to mother about the family history is usually a good place to start. It becomes natural and easy if we never knew our grandparents, or we want to capture the history as a […]

Capturing Your Mother’s Story – Part I

One of the most powerful steps we can take to improve our mother relationship is to get to know our mother as a human being. Who is the woman who is your mother? She was your mother, a sister, your grandmother’s daughter, a friend, a neighbor and more.  She had a childhood and a life […]

Mother Whisperers Project – Communication 101 Series for Daughters and Mothers

Starting in May we answer the question “How do I communicate with my mother in order to build a better relationship? ” But first some background…. As you may know I am a big fan of Brian Johnson and his Philosophers Notes. I met Brian last year and loved his thirst for knowledge and the […]

How to Accept Being a Perfectly Imperfect Mother

Rather than celebrate an idealized perfect mother, let’s celebrate a realistic Perfectly Imperfect one instead! Here is an article with a different perspective on how mothers can help their daughters relate to them as imperfect human beings. Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Shaffer are the authors of Too Close for Comfort? Questioning the Intimacy […]

Important Tips When Mothers Day Hurts

Dr Karyl McBride in her latest post in Psychology Today looks at some important tips if Mother’s Day brings you disappointment, pain or sad memories. She writes: Every Mother’s Day, emails flood into my inbox. You want to be a good daughter and do something kind. But what card do you send her? Is it […]

Identity Crisis – Identity Choices

“If I give up my old familiar ways, who will I be and what will become of me?” In an earlier post on mid life identity  crises, I shared John Welwood‘s three choices that we face when are in an identity crisis. Today I’ll explore more about what these can look like from a coach’s […]

Quick Narcissist Quiz!

Looking for a quick narcissist test? I had to share this great savage chickens cartoon with you! You know you are not a narcissist if you laugh at this one 🙂 Related articles Psychology Today – Am I Raising A Narcissistic Child (the-inside-out-project.com)

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  • COMMUNICATION QUIZ - Can You Make These Statements?

    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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