Forming girl communities

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Forming girl communities

A mother daughter group can be really helpful even though it is just peers that you are gathering with andnot trained professionals. This is because what you are doing in a mother daughter group is creating the community in which you want to raise your daughter. The support you get from other mothers in a mother daughter group is life changing, especially if they are a group of other mothers who are from your same community and share your values. In addition, even a small group of women has an enormous amount of parenting expertise among the group of you and you can share that with one another. In addition, our book The Mother Daughter Project takes you step by step through the steps to create your own vision and define your own values for what it means for you to be raising your daughter in a way that you feel good about. The power of a mother daughter group comes from the fact that a group of mothers and daughters can do together what one mother daughter pair alone cannot, which is to create a group that simultaneously supports mothers, supports girls growing up strong and free and also supports mother daughter relationships.

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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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