Creating successful mother-daughter relationships

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Creating successful mother-daughter relationships

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Mother-daughter mutuality is when you create a relationship with your daughter in which her needs and hopes and dreams and your needs and hopes and dreams are both considered important. What we know is that girls thrive best when their mothers are thriving, and mothers thrive best when their daughters are thriving. What this means is you can ask yourself, what does it mean for you to thrive? What are your hopes and dreams for yourself, and what would it take for those to be supported. And also ask your daughter, what are her hopes and dreams. What does she care most about and what supports does she need so that she can thrive? And, you can also ask about your relationship with her. What are your hopes for what your relationship with your daughter would be like and what helps it and supports it for becoming a relationship that's thriving.

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SuEllen Hamkins, MD

Psychiatrist & Author

SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist, author and founding member of the Mother-Daughter Project, a community of women and girls that developed powerful, practical ways to help mothers and daughters stay connected and thrive through adolescence. Co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence, Dr. Hamkins has given numerous presentations for parents and psychotherapists around the world, focusing on mothers, daughters, their relationships and the kinds of communities that nurture them.  As the psychiatrist for the Smith College Counseling Service from 1992-2004, SuEllen offered consultation to over a thousand women ages 16 to 23 to help them resist and overcome problems such as anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety, trauma, assault, and self-injury.  In addition to her work on behalf of mothers and daughters, as the Assistant Director for Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she has been instrumental in developing strengths-based, narrative approaches to psychotherapy and psychiatric practice, helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of serious difficulties.  SuEllen is the mother of two daughters, now 17 and 22, and raising them has been the most thrilling and rewarding work of her life. She lives with her husband and younger daughter in western Massachusetts, where they love to swim outdoors, cross country ski, shoe snow, dance, cook and lounge around in the living room, reading. 

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