What is the real reason for Mother-Daughter Conflict?

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Generation after generation of women have said they will raise their daughters differently after experiencing some form of conflict with their own mother, yet problems still keep on occurring. What is happening between Mothers and Daughters and what can we do to help resolve this?

I am a certified Mother-Daughter Coach trained by Mother-Daughter Coaching International (MDCI) and I can tell you that there is a real need for mothers and daughter’s to connect, bond and establish trust. Mothers and daughters are wired for connection, and whilst many say the time of adolescence is where a daughter pulls away, she will always have a  deep need to connect with her mum, and problems and issues can be overcome with the help of a Mother-Daughter Coach.

Adolescent Girls

Early fields of psychology suggested this time of separation was a necessity for Mothers and Daughters, and it is only fairly recently that the true model of development has been questioned.

As Terri Apter wrote in The Mother Daughter Revolution – “ I was forced to conclude that the struggle between adolescent girls and their mothers is one of redefining their connections to adjust to the daughter’s growth, rather than an attempt to sever connection or create emotional distance”

Girls look to their mothers as a source of what a female should do, and how they should behave; and this is where Mother-Daughter Coaching gets really interesting. As part of the Mother-Daughter Attachment® Model  (the only one of its kind in the world)  we map out 3 generations of women, the Grandmother, the mother and the daughter. This takes an in depth closer look at what is going on for the females in the family, and helps bring the emotional reality of these women to the forefront.

The Eight Stages in a Mother-Daughter Relationship

There are in fact eight distinct stages in a Mother-Daughter relationship, starting with ‘the Daughter is Born’, around the middle ‘The Daughter gets Married’ and ending with ‘The Mother Dies’. Each of these 8 stages present the mother and daughters individual growth and development, and if one stage is not addressed at the time (i.e. during adolescence)  it can easily pop up during a later stage, such as ‘When the Daughter becomes a Mother’. These unresolved issues can resurface and impact the relationship once again, past disappointments and unmet needs may contribute to ongoing conflicts.

You will mainly find that mothers and daughters reach out for help during one of these 8 stages, however ‘mother-daughter training’ is sadly lacking in the counselling and psychology world and therefore they had no place to go. Fortunately this has now changed with the introduction of the Mother-daughter Attachment ® Model, created by Rosjke Hasseldine, the world’s first mother-daughter relationship therapist and coach. With over 30 years of listening to thousands of mothers and daughters around the world, her valuable insight into why they fight and emotionally disconnect is now available to us all through Mother-Daughter Coaching.

The Mother-Daughter Attachment ® Model

There are many layers to work through in the Attachment ® Model, and one of them is working on effective communication. This is essential in any relationship, but misunderstandings, misinterpretations or ineffective communication styles can create further barriers between mothers and daughters contributing to further conflict. As your coach I will draw upon the model’s expertise in effective communication and facilitate these sessions with you. As mentioned previously the Mother-Daughter Mapping History is an extremely powerful tool. As Rosjke herself says in her book ‘The Mother-Daughter Puzzle’ –  “It empowers women to connect the dots between how they behave, the choices they make, and the truth they have come to believe about themselves, with how their family treats women”

Mother-Daughter Coaching

The real beauty of this coaching is not only understanding the real cause of conflict between mothers and daughters, but also realising what it truly means to be a woman in today’s patriarchy society. We as women can at last start to claim our own voice, start to have our needs met, and most importantly share our voice so that we can ensure the generation that follows us is better equipped to deal with life.  We will look at the emotional dynamics such as feelings of jealously and rivalry and what they really mean. We will also look at societal and cultural expectations, where often the roles and responsibilities of the women in the family can contribute towards conflict.

Attending this coaching as a mother-daughter couple is highly effective; however if that isn’t possible you can still attend alone. I myself found this process very healing after my own Mother had passed away, as I still had many questions which psychotherapy alone had been unable to answer for me. Afterwards I was able to move forwards with a lot more understanding and empathy for my own mother and her life, and figure out once and for all what the dynamics between us really were.

If you have ever questioned yourself as wanting to do things differently, understand the unfairness of what being a women in today’s society actually means and all the different cultural expectations, then this is for you. Not only will you cement your mother-daughter relationship, you will begin to change all the relationships around you for the better, and your own personal development will grow exponentially.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and I hope it has been of benefit to you.

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