Mothers & Daughters
This is an exciting time for mothers (now grandmothers) and daughters (now mothers, too!). Even though we grew up in different times, our two generations are more alike than different. We experience generation overlap.
• We have a lot in common as women. We’re active, aware, and totally out there. As mothers and grandmothers, we cherish our children/grandchildren and yet see ourselves in other roles as well.
• We juggle work and family. Contemporary mothers-now-grandmothers understand their daughters’ dilemma because they’ve been there, too –and many still are.
• We speak the same language. We recommend books, movies, and music to one another. We shop in the same stores. We hike, bike, do yoga, and take fitness classes together.
• We really “get” each other. In part that’s because both generations are psychologically savvy –a byproduct of lots of therapy, self-help books, and TV talk shows! Sure, there’s still a fair amount of eye rolling on a daughter’s part when her mother annoys her, and hand-wringing and huffing on a mother’s part when her daughter disappoints. But even when we fight –whether over crossed boundaries, generational differences, or emotional insults– we do it with a consciousness unknown to our foremothers.