Deborah Tannen’s Take on Mothers and Daughters Communication

By Val Boyko • October 13th, 2010

I came across a great article from Deborah Tannen which summarizes her book “You’re Wearing That? – Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation.”
Marlene and I highly recommend it and will be glad to open up a conversation about it on our next forum call.

In the article – and book – Deborah shares her own story of how her attitude towards her own mother changed as he mother became frail and eventually died. It’s very touching, as well as a great resource to understand the communication struggles that we have between daughters and mothers.

Read more here.


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