Essay about Mother-daughter Relationships

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The relationship between parents and their children is one of the most basic human interactions. Mothers and daughters provide both physical and emotional care for their young sons and daughters. In the process, parents will instill children with family values and goals, while teaching them the accepted norms and values of society. This is done in hope that parents will one day see their own children become mature adults, with their own goals and purposes in life.

Mother-daughter relationships can be complex, but also filled with compassion and love. Mothers and daughters often seem farther away from each other than they really are. Usually when a girl goes through adolescence, the relationship between her and her mother begin to
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I started keeping things from my mom and not talking to her as much. We were growing apart and we both knew it, but I didn’t know what to do. It seemed like I wanted to keep things to myself and I just wanted my own privacy. Girls at their most vulnerable time reject the help of the one person who wants most to understand their needs. Erin also says “I didn’t get along with my mom at all. I would go to school and then when I came home, I’d lock myself in my room. I just didn’t want to see her or deal with her. It wasn’t like I hated her, I was just going through a lot and didn’t know how to express myself, other than to ‘hide’ from everyone.” Girls truly desire strong ties with their mothers, but many times it’s hard to figure out how to maintain these ties with their them. Mothers also feel helpless during these times, not knowing what to say or do, afraid that their daughters would just become more and more upset and angry with them. #My mother, Cathy, has said that with both my sister and I, she has #“felt like my kids were beginning to need me less and less and I just feel helpless.” Sometimes mothers feel like they can’t help their daughter, they feel like they are the cause of all their problems. Cathy also agrees. #“I did feel like I caused many problems in both of my daughters lives and even with the problems I knew I wasn’t the cause of, I just felt that if I tried to help in any way, then I would only be making things worse.” Teen girls also face decisions