The Silent Struggles of a Mother-(Adult) Daughter Relationship

There are loads of resources to help moms raise their young girls, but there's very little information out there to guide mothers in relating to their adult daughters.  We share our opinion on the subject in this article recently published in Huffington Post:   When a mother first learns that she is pregnant, there is a [...]

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Feeling Weepy on Jenna’s 28th Birthday

This isn’t a “big” birthday for Jenna: Her new age doesn’t end in a zero or a five. She’s simply turning 28. However, her day – July 14th - took on such importance this year that I dropped everything and hopped on a plane to Atlanta to be with her. There were several reasons why [...]

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MDF’s Summer Reading List

This summer, we have both slowed down and found time to catch up on some good reads. Books are one of the ways we stay connected when we are apart. We have a great process: Ellen usually reads the book first, writes a little critique on the inside cover and sends it off to Jenna. [...]

By |July 10th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|2 Comments

Moving Forward

It’s been a busy week for our family! Jenna moved into her new apartment in Atlanta and Ellen closed on her new home in Florida.  Moving has stirred up a flurry of emotions for us, especially since we are now a plane ride away from one another. This week, we share how we are dealing [...]

By |June 23rd, 2016|2016, Blog posts|4 Comments

Taking a Leap of Faith

Following Jenna’s graduation from Wharton last weekend, we reflect on what we both learned over the past two years. While Jenna was leaping for joy at graduation, it wasn’t an easy road to get there. This week, we write about those difficult times and how it impacted our relationship. Ellen… Jenna’s classmate, Tola Sunmonu, was [...]

By |May 19th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|Comments Off on Taking a Leap of Faith

Seeking Advice from the MDF Community

Occasionally, we receive emails from women seeking advice on how to deal with a mother-daughter conflict they face. While we are not skilled in counseling or psychology, we feel compelled to respond by offering our opinion. Nothing more - nothing less, and of course, based on our own unique experiences. It occurred to us that [...]

By |May 13th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|Comments Off on Seeking Advice from the MDF Community

A Mother’s Day Surprise!

Mother’s Day is our favorite day of the year – and what better way to celebrate than recognize the amazing women in our MDF community! Every mother-daughter duo has its own unique, beautiful relationship, and we are so grateful for the women who have shared their stories with us.  To celebrate the mothers and daughters [...]

By |May 7th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|1 Comment

The Call You Never Want to Receive

A few weeks ago, Ellen had a CT scan that showed a tumor in her ovary and another small mass in her abdomen that the radiologist reported as “suspicious.” The only way to know if it was cancerous was to do surgery. At that point, life as we knew it halted, and we went through [...]

By |April 29th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|2 Comments

Learning From Our Mistakes

Last year, Jenna came home to visit Ellen for her spring break and it wasn't one of our best trips: Jenna left in tears and Ellen felt rejected and hurt. This week, we reflect on ways we tried to communicate better to ensure a relaxing, enjoyable visit this time around. Read this week's post to [...]

By |March 20th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|5 Comments

Please Eat the Daisies

The headline “Please Eat the Daisies” caught my eye, and after I read the article announcing that a mother-daughter duo from Philadelphia was in Naples to lead a demonstration on creating edible centerpieces, I signed up immediately! You can imagine how delighted I was when I walked into the session last week and saw yet [...]

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