Archive for Mother Daughter Conflict

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #8 Recognize Your Judge

It can be tricky recognizing our own judge. When we see a situation our mind tends to leap ahead to interpret and evaluate what’s going on. Its part of our human survival mode. This is really useful when we are facing real danger, but in everyday circumstances instead of survival it often leads to misunderstandings […]

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 […]

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 […]

Venting About Mom Won’t Bring You Peace

How come so many women put up with frustration around their mothers? Its so common,  it’s a standard joke of comedians and story lines in books, theater and television. Its something that we can share, laugh about and cry over. One way that many of us find relief is by venting about what we are […]

Daughters, How to Express Your True Power – Part 1

Many adult daughters in their 30’s, 40’s 50’s and even 60’s are still giving their power away to their mothers. Some women seem to think that there is no other way to be. That this is inevitable. Its something that we have to put with. Well, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t. If […]

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 […]

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #4 The One Word To Avoid When There’s Conflict

Have you experienced a conversation with your mother or daughter, and before you know it, it becomes open warfare? Something has been triggered big time! Today’s tip is to share with you the one word that is sure to push buttons and put the other person on the defensive. Avoid saying  “YOU”! Let me explain…. […]

Mothers and Daughters: Are You Overstepping Your Boundaries?

Here is a great article I came across from Oprah.com written by author Amy Bloom. She asks “How do you walk that fine line between love and autonomy, privacy and intimacy?”….. “Boundaries are the lines we draw that mark off our autonomy and that of other people, that protect our privacy and that of others. […]

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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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