About This Book

Mothers and daughters. They are, at the same time, very similar and completely unique. This relationship — through birth, childhood, teen years, adulthood, grandchildren, aging, and every step in between — can be the best, the hardest, and the sweetest. Moms and daughters will laugh, cry, and find inspiration in this collection of entertaining, poignant, and heartwarming stories that remind them of their shared love, appreciation and special bond. A great gift for Mother's Day.

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Five Ways Mothers Can Get Closer to Their Daughters

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers & Daughters

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

From the day they are born, daughters and mothers form a special bond. In the beginning, daughters depend on their mothers for everything. Then, they may become determined to be different from their mothers until, finally, they are proud to be just like mom. The contributors to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers & Daughters have been through the ups and downs of this extraordinary relationship and know that no matter how old you are, you always need your mom. Here are some tips for moms with daughters of all ages.

1. You have to let them grow up. Victoria Koch sat in the back seat tightly gripping the door handle while her daughter drove her and her husband for the first time. She tried to let her husband do the teaching, but she found herself blurting out instructions the entire time. Eventually Victoria wondered, "When I told her to slow down her driving, was I really telling her to slow down her growing-up process?" In that moment she was able to relax and be a parent, watching her daughter grow from her first cherished steps to her first time behind the wheel. It "is nothing short of a whirlwind miracle," Victoria says.

2. Remember, self-esteem starts with you. A unicorn, a hammerhead shark, an actress, a queen, these were some of the things Caitlin Q. Bailey O’Neill asked her mother if she could be. She always received the same answer, "Whatever you want to be." Caitlin recalls how her mom would support whatever she and her siblings aspired to be. It started with Halloween when her mother would spend weeks on elaborate costumes and carried on into their adult lives and career choices. She may have taken it for granted as a 6-year-old, but now she knows, "As I look back on my childhood today, I recognize that mantra as the cornerstone of a remarkable woman. A woman who, despite the ever-blowing winds of change that accompany the rearing of three children, knew that her one task was to love us, unconditionally."

3. You can always learn from your daughter. "But honey, I just don’t want you wearing those pants!" It was Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer’s final attempt at talking her daughter out of wearing her favorite ripped jeans to school. Bobbi tried to argue it was against the dress code, that her teachers wouldn’t like it⎯even that her friends might make fun of her. Her daughter surprised her by assuring her mother it wasn’t to be rebellious or make a statement. She was wearing them to be comfortable, not to make her mother mad, "You’re a great mother! You shouldn’t worry so much about what other people think of you." Bobbi was stunned when she realized her daughter was right, she was worried those ripped pants would be a reflection on her, and it was ok to let it go.

4. Don’t worry; she’ll thank you later. Michele Arduengo remembers a childhood chore her mother always made her do: write detailed thank you notes for every gift she received. The last thing her mother said to her before she passed was, "You know, you’ll miss me when I’m gone." Michele had no response. Then she received a birthday gift in the mail, oranges her mother sent before her death, and she found her words. She wrote her mother a thank you card and continues to buy oranges to celebrate her birthday every year. And today she realizes the childhood chore was the beginning of her love of writing.

5. It’s never too late to make amends. Lynn Sunday’s mom was 91 and in the midst of dementia when, in a moment of clarity, she apologized for decades of being distant from her daughter. Lynn’s dad died of cancer when she was a teenager and her mother was lost in grief and prescription drugs for years. Lynn had felt like she had lost two parents. Suddenly, during a visit to her mom in a nursing home Lynn got the apology she never thought she’d get. "I was and remain grateful for that brief moment when the veil over her lifted and I heard my mother’s voice filled with love for me — and our connection, battered but unbroken, was reaffirmed."

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