Archive for August, 2011

When An Aging Mother Becomes Hard to Love

John Welwood shares a story about his mother and how over time, an old wound became a  grievance that poisoned everything and took away the joy and beauty in her life. If you are dealing with an aging mother who is difficult to love and its getting you down, then read on. In the book […]

Labeling Keeps Daughters and Mothers Stuck! (and I’m not talking about post-it notes)

Thanks for all the feedback on the recent post Venting About Mom Won’t Bring You Peace. When we vent it feels good for a short while. It’s healthy to express our anger too. But for many daughters it’s difficult to move forward, and so the cycle of  hurt-anger-venting continues. Rather than looking at what’s going […]

Accepting Your Narcissistic Mother

In reading about maternal narcissism, one of the common issues for daughters of narcissistic mothers is how hard it is to accept that their mothers are not how they had always hoped they would be – accepting Mom as she is not! Coming to terms with the reality of a “less than perfect”‘ mother is […]

Is Dwelling on the Past Holding you Back?

At Mother Whisperers we’ve been asking the question “Are you still giving your power away to your Mother? and sharing ways to access your internal power. This can only happen if we come into the present and let of go of things that pull us back into the past. Here’s a except from a recent […]

Daughters, How To Express Your True Power – Part 2

I believe that true power lies inside all of us. When we access it we become free to be our true selves. Here are more useful tips for accessing the power within you during interactions, rather than giving your power away. If you missed part 1 of this post with three steps to start working […]

Thoughts for Your Next Visit Home To Mom

I’m just back from a visit to Scotland. It was a wonderful trip. Sunny weather always helps of course! I’d like to share some things that came home to me as I came home again…. I hope these will be helpful for you on your next visit to your Mom. Accept that living at a […]

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #7 The Gift Behind Complaining

Have you ever had a conversation and had a new insight that really sticks? I call these “nuggets”. Like pieces of gold that we can take with us to enrich our lives. I recall a conversation with Dr Susan Campbell about communicating in relationships and here’s one of her nuggets that have stuck with me. […]

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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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