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This Is How to Handle a Hard Relationship With Your Mom – 089

Every mother-daughter relationship is unique. While some inspire the prose written in a Hallmark card, others can be much more challenging. Knowing this (and having their own complicated mother-daughter stories), Darlene Brock and Julie Graham devote this episode to the woman who might not have that picture-perfect relationship. Daughters, if your mom can be harsh, distant, controlling, neglectful, or absent, this episode is for you. In this real-life discussion, you’ll learn how to set healthy boundaries and how to take steps toward healing your relationship (you’ll also hear real examples from Darlene and Julie’s lives). Maybe your relationship lacks mama-drama, but listen anyway; this might be a chance to help a friend, encouraging her that she’s not alone. Be sure to check the show notes to find more resources to help you understand and master this complex mother-daughter dynamic!

Ask Dr. Zoe Article IconJulie referenced a few questions from our Ask Dr. Zoe column you might want to read:

Ask Dr. Zoe – Help! My Mother Makes Infertility Even Harder
Ask Dr. Zoe – How Do I Break Free From Codependency?
If you have a question for Dr. Zoe, you can submit it here!


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Quote of the episode:

“Every mama comes with a little drama, and some of them, come with a lot” Darlene & Julie

Check out this related episodes: Mama Drama Every Woman Has and How to Overcome – 008!, Can You Really Leave Your Past Behind You? – 028, and How to Feel Your Emotions in a Healthy Way With Dr. Zoe Shaw – 075.
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This Grit and Grace Life hosts, Darlene Brock and Julie Graham cross generational lines and draw from life experience to discuss all things life—from the boardroom to the bedroom, car-lines to college, being single, married or single again. Combining the two traits found in all women, grit and grace, they laugh, share insights and explore the road taken to find strength every day.

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