The taboos about dissing our mothers, and the myths of motherhood which portray all mothers as loving, serve to isolate unloved daughters. Peg Streep, author of Daughter Detox: Recovering from an Unloving Mother and Reclaiming Your Life
Moving forward after experiencing a childhood with no love and a blatant message of “I wish you hadn’t been born” is particularly difficult. In addition to the experience of having an unloving mother, the challenge of communicating with others about their experience causes ongoing pain and, at times, rejection from friends and family. All mothers tend to be defended and put on a pedestal, especially by motherless daughters.
I recently interviewed an unloved daughter. After many years, it was still a difficult story for her to tell and rarely, if ever, told to anyone. It was a relief for this lovely woman to have a non-judgmental listener and an opportunity to tell the unvarnished truth. All mothers have bad days but some are truly bad mothers who leave life-long scars including self-esteem issues.
Especially as motherless daughters, I think it’s important to have empathy for daughters who have less than happy memories.
Mershon Niesner, Author Mom’s Gone, Now What?
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