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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 […]

Don’t Just Be a Great Mom – Be a Great Human Being!

There are so many wonderful giving moms out there! I’ve noticed that the focus for many women has been on not making the mistakes of their mothers…. to be a better Mom to their daughter. What I also see is that we invest so much into the role of parent, that we find it difficult  […]

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #10 When All Is Said And Done …

Is it time to let go of being right and open your heart to makes things right?

An Unexpected Word That Can Change Your Mother Daughter Relationship

As I finished our last post on sharing our pain without blame, and expressing our feelings,  I remembered a great tip from my mentor coach Jay Perry. As we learn to let go of suppressing our feelings and practice sharing how we feel, there is one simple word that can have a powerful impact. Its […]

Communication 101 for Daughters and Mothers – #9 Share How You Feel (eek!)

One of the toughest communication skills from Dr Susan Campbell is to  “Speak our pain without blame”. Sharing how we feel is a very vulnerable place for most of us. We are revealing our true selves, without knowing how the other person will respond. When we share how we feel we open our heart. Even […]

Make an Agreement to Make Your Relationship Work

When a mother and daughter commit to working on their relationship together, its important to have common understanding and agreement on things that both of you are willing to commit to doing. This will help you   maintain the integrity of your relationship when the going gets tough. Here are some suggestions. I agree to: 1. […]

The 4 Keys to See Things Differently and Open Up New Possibilities

When we accept that a relationship (or any situation for that matter) isn’t working and things need to change, it can sometimes be hard to know what to do next. Change is difficult, even when we know its for the best! I know. I’m a coach with a change challenge myself! However, I’ve learned that […]

Its All About Me – She May Be My Mom, But It’s MY Peace of Mind

When I want peace of mind, I try to remember that its MY peace of mind not anyone else’s. Our peace of mind belongs to each one of us. Anything that bothers us is our issue. So, if we want to have peace of mind then its up to us to do something about it. […]

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 […]

Daughters, How to Keep Your True Power – A Final Word About Boundaries

Over the summer I’ve been sharing insights into how we can express our true power as daughters. Today I’ll share a final word of advice. Before I do, here’s a summary of the strategies that we’ve covered so far: 1. Be aware of your interactions and how much your mother is still influencing you. 2. […]

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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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