Mother and daughter-in-law relationships can be the stuff of any strong, loving mother-daughter relationship — if you're really lucky. More often than not, there can be a divide between you. Even worse, some of these types of relationships resemble those that are depicted on TV, or in movies, with one woman hating the other, who's trying desperately to win her over. Mothers-in-law often have very high expectations for the women marrying into the family, and they've likely thought about the kinds of people these women should be: the values they'd have, and the way their lives would look — ever since their own children were young. All of that expectation can be really difficult to live up to. If you suspect that your mother-in-law may not be your biggest fan, regardless of what your partner insists, you might not be concocting the scenario entirely in your head.
Faith , Motherhood. I know the days are long. You often think about how things would be much different if God had blessed you with a baby girl instead. I know how you feel mama, because I feel the same way sometimes, too. I remember how terrible I felt that I was crying in that moment.
In , preliminary results of a groundbreaking study found that the daughters of employed mothers often perform better in their eventual careers than the daughters of stay-at-home moms. Now the full study has been released, and it brings even more good news for the children of working moms: They wind up just as happy in adulthood as the children of moms who stayed home. Harvard Business School Professor Kathleen McGinn hopes the findings bring a big sigh of relief for guilt-ridden mothers who either have to hold down a job to make ends meet or simply choose to work outside the home while raising their children. Women should make that choice based on whether they want or need to work, not based on whether they are harming their children—because they are not. The research found that adult daughters whose moms worked outside the home are more likely to work themselves, hold more supervisory responsibilities, and earn higher wages than women whose mothers stayed home full time.