Mothering Our Maidens -- and the Perfection of Limitation

February 7, 2015 6:39 PM

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What an incredible transition I have found myself in, mothering my daughter through this potent, renowned "nine-year change" -- navigating her swings, feeling our love stretch and evolve to meet her new-found thrust of strong-willed individuation.

One recent, poignant moment, my daughter sidled up next to me in the kitchen while I prepared dinner, and said out of the blue: "You know Mom? It's not that I ever wish you were a different mother, exactly?" She touched my arm so I would look into her eyes and see her sincerity. Raising my eyebrows,...

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