Archive for Losing a mother

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 […]

Mothers and Daughters as Imperfect Roses

This post is dedicated to the wonderful women I was in conversation with today! Lisa, thank you from my heart for making this happen. None of us has a perfect life. We are  imperfect. Yet we manage to overcome difficulties and manage to be magnificent and triumphant. So writes Patricia Commins in her book “Remembering […]

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. […]

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 […]

Thanks to Aneal for Starting a Son and Mother Conversation

Sometimes an unexpected encounter with someone can bring to light fresh perspectives. That is what happened when I met a stranger called Aneal at Philadelphia Airport, when I was leaving for the Gambia with a small group of women. Aneal overheard our discussion about Mother Whisperers and our own mother relationships. He introduced himself and […]

While We’re talking About Taboos – What about the D word?

I’ve been speaking to friends whose Mothers have passed, and have interviewed several women who wanted to talk about their mother relationship while she was alive, and how it is now that she is dead. I have found these conversations to be poignant, touching, funny, sad, reassuring and uplifting! Thank you so much for sharing […]

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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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