Finally...Help for the Mother-Daughter Relationship

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Parenting sites are a dime a dozen, but "daughtering" sites are a rare thing.

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'Mother-r-r!'...isn't that what every daughter says to her mother at one time or another?

The adult mother-daughter relationship is fraught with just as many challenges and frustrations as child rearing and, yet, there were no online resources to help with this relationship…until now.

Motherrr.com was started by long-time friends, Laurie Newkirk and Barbara Wilkov and, while they are quick to point out that they love their mothers, they also note that, in their case, necessity was indeed the “mother” of invention. After a particularly difficult day dealing with their mothers, they went looking for any online resources that might offer help. To their surprise, they didn’t find much and soon Motherrr.com was born – interestingly, the name of the website was suggested by Ms. Wilkov’s mother since, as she noted, “Mother-r-r!”… isn’t that what every daughter says to her mother at one time or another?”

The website, whose tagline is “Rebuilding Relationships…one Mother/Daughter at a time,” addresses such topics as repairing the relationship, dealing with a jealous or narcissistic mother, guilt, losing a mother, balancing the demands of being a member of the “sandwich generation,” and more. The site gives women a place to vent, seek guidance and, yes, even laugh about the dynamics of the mother-daughter relationship (watch the premiere of the original comedy series, Motherrr! Moments).

Ms. Wilkov points out that “every mother and daughter knows that this unique relationship changes with age but it doesn’t necessarily get any easier! And, as evidenced from the stories of celebrities such as Tori Spelling, Jennifer Aniston, and Brooke Shields, who have struggled with their relationships with their moms, even fame and fortune doesn’t keep you immune.”

In less than a year after launching, and with two awards from the CT Press Club, over 6,300 “fans” on Facebook and weekly visitors to the website from all over the world including New Zealand, India, and Brazil, the need for the website is clear.

“I am amazed at the healing effect the website has had,” Ms. Newkirk notes. “A woman wrote to us recently to say that she had moved in with her mother 4 years ago due to her mother’s health and that they were always fighting. Then a friend told her about Motherrr.com and now she and her mother visit the site daily together. She said they were stunned to see that so many other mothers and daughters have the same struggles they do. She said, ‘Our relationship now is a work in progress. My mom isn’t a well woman and I want to make sure that I have no regrets, so thank you so much for giving us this tool to heal our relationship…’ You can’t ask for much more validating feedback than that!”

So while Motherrr.com may be a relative newcomer, it seems that the time for this particular type of “Parent/Child” website is long overdue. And with the hundreds, if not thousands, of websites that strive to answer mothers’ issues and concerns, there is now finally one that addresses the issues and concerns of daughters too.

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