We have been collaborating since 1969 –as mother and daughter, friends, and as co-authors of “Generation Overlap: The New Mother-Daughter Dynamic”.
The idea of a “Motherhood Union” was spurred by the life-changing arrival of Jen’s first child and Melinda’s first grandchild. One day, while we were out walking –the baby was then four months old– Jen turned to Melinda and said, “It’s like we’re in the same club now –the Motherhood Union!” We figured other women felt the same way, so we started to ask them.
Our goal was to examine this most important passage in mothers’ and daughters’ lives from each generation’s perspective. We had planned to make this a joint project –and for a while it was. But then real life got in the way. Jen had two more son and launched a business, and Melinda wrote another book, Consequential Strangers.
This latest incarnation of the site, features the Mother U Blog written by Melinda –and perhaps a few entries by Jen. It’s anyone’s guess what comes next! We hope that at the very least the blog and the site will inspire comments, questions, and further discussion.
The fact is, both generations know that mothering is a mother of a job!