Archive for Kindness

Quiz – How Much Love Are You Giving Yourself Today?

On a day when love is in the air, in our hearts … or trying to find its way, it makes me think of about how much love we give to ourselves. This is a re-post from the Mother Whisperer archives. May love find its way for you. xoxo Some of you may have missed […]

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, […]

The Truth About You

I’m inspired to share this post from The BridgeMaker today. For all of us who have ever felt down and are hard on ourselves, these are powerful truths to bring us back. Enjoy! Val x “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne The enemy of […]

What I’ve Learned On My Mother Whisperers Journey

As most of you know, I’ve been on my own Mother Whisperers  journey for the past couple of years. I’d like to share with you what I have learned and where I am now. It started with wanting to understand more about daughters and mothers and how to master this special relationship … and it […]

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 […]

Self Compassion For Daughters – Connect With Our Inner Mother

Thinking about our last post about self compassion, I had a new insight that I’d like to share. Dr Kristin Neff wrote: “When our inner voice continually criticizes and berates us we end up feeling worthless, incompetent and insecure, and we often end up in negative cycles of self sabotage and self harm.” Wait a […]

How Good are You at Letting Go of Self Criticism and Discovering Self Compassion?

I’m really enjoying reading Dr Kristin Neff’s research and insights into Self Compassion. Here at Mother Whisperers we’ve talked about accepting and loving ourselves so we are able to accept and love others, especially our mothers or daughters. Kristen looks at self compassion more deeply and writes in a recent article in Psychology Today: “When […]

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 […]

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #5 The Power of Empathy

One of our fundamental longings as human beings is to be heard and be understood. Take a moment to recall a time where you were having difficulty and someone empathized with you. How did it feel? Pretty good I expect! When someone empathizes with us we don’t feel judged: We no longer feel alone; We […]

Being Kind to Mom and Ourselves

Only when we truly accept ourselves the way we are and the way our mothers are, will we find peace of mind. I was reading an earlier post on how it can be difficult being kind to our mothers…. and it hit me that many of us have the same difficulty with being kind to […]

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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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