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How Important Is Your Mother/Daughter Relationship?

on August 2, 2014

Mother daughter relationships are special

Mother daughter relationships are special

Being a mom is hard work! It’s not just all the things on your to-do list, and never having enough time to do it all.  It’s also the feeling that what you’re doing or not doing will somehow harm your child, and where do you go for some direction?

A recent study from the University of  Georgia shed some light on this subject. It reported that even more than other family dynamics the mother/daughter relationship determines a girl’s future relationship skills and self-esteem. When mothers are not judgmental or critical of their daughters they are more likely to develop good social skills, and healthy attitudes towards food, as compared to less-supportive moms.

This study raises awareness of the mom’s role in the daughters’ self-views, mental health, and social graces. The mother/daughter relationship is important in a number of ways. It’s a girl’s first experience of an intimate relationship, and through this mother/daughter relationship, girl’s learn about trust, about connection and separation, about who they are as individuals, and putting another’s need before one’s own.

It’s all about communication to ensure a strong mother daughter relationship bond. Focus on the positive. Make the most of your converstaions; be construstive rather than critical. Focus on helping her enhance her decision-making skills rather than the error of her ways  from what’s she’s wearing to making social and emotional decisions.  Don’t focus on weight, focus on a healthy lifestyle and consider the mind, body, and spirit connection. Remember, even if you’re not talking directly to your daughter, she will pick up on and learn from what you say to yourself and others.

 

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