Mother/Daughter Relationships

The bond between mother and daughter plays a central and formative role in most women’s lives. Many idealize their mothers as young children and then later have to reconcile the reality: Mom is not perfect and makes mistakes.

Mother-daughter relationships are not inherently equal in nature. There is an established hierarchy and both parties are never in the same stages of life. The relationship must establish a delicate balance between desire for closeness and respect for autonomy. A conflicted, distant relationship can prove as damaging as one that is characterized by over- closeness and lack of differentiation.

These suggested resources explore the different dimensions of this bond and guide readers in ways to reconcile past hurts and build a more open, supportive relationship.