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BYOB Party Tips for the New Year

This is a re-post from last year. Enjoy! BYOB parties and family gatherings abound at this time of year. I’m not talking about Bring Your Own Bottle or Booze, but Bring Your Own Buttons! If you are about to go to a gathering where your buttons are on red alert and likely to be pushed, […]

Top 5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

I hope you enjoy this timely re-post: One of the biggest stress makers during the Holidays is when you spend an extended length of time with your mother and family. Let’s face it, spending 24-7 with anyone can be stressful, so here is some Mother Whisperer wisdom to help you make it through this year […]

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 […]

Announcing – Collaboration with Author Rayne Wolfe

In April Val will be sharing posts and collaborating with author and journalist Rayne Wolfe on her 8WomenDream site. Rayne is researching daughters of toxic mothers and wants to support them with her writing. How cool is that!!  

Learn to Speak Up – Before the Conflict Erupts!

Have you noticed that the drama triangle and family conflicts usually erupt when we have failed to say what we really wanted to earlier on? At the time we don’t express our thoughts and feelings about what aggravates or upsets us.  Just like a pressure cooker, we keep the resentment in and the pressure builds, […]

Resolving Conflict – Breaking Free from the Drama Triangle

This is a re-post to help everyone who wants to break free of mother and family conflict right now. (I hope you are reading this Bro) Tis the button season after all…. and buttons and conflict go hand in hand! A good friend asked me  “How can we end the drama triangle? It’s draining everyone, […]

A Mother Daughter Husband Christmas Story

Last year I had my Mum to the US to stay over Christmas. This was the first time she has been away from my brother and his family. We knew it would be a different kind of Holiday, but we hadn’t planned for back to back snow storms and a power outage……. Being together 24-7 […]

Mother Wisdom for the Holidays

Marlene and I were talking about what we can post to support all of us who have challenges around the Holidays with our mothers and families. BOY – the stories we could tell if only our families didn’t read our blog!!! So lets start with setting expectations…… To our families, please do not assume that […]

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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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