Sharon - posted on 10/24/2008 ( 20 moms have responded )
I read a book by Hope Edelman called Motherless Mothers. She also has one called Motherless Daughters that I have not read yet. This author has had a huge impact on my life through her book. It really helped me to explore emotions I have and unique challenges I face as a mother who does not have a mother to turn to for help in those challenging mothering moments. I have a step mom, but she has never been a 'mother' to me, and I can not confide in her. She's a nice lady, just not a mother to me. I have three daughters by birth and three more children, two boys and a girl, by adoption. Parenting is challenging when you have not had the full game modeled for you. Even if you have, and your mom has passed on recently, you still don't have her to call on. So maybe we can provide some of that missing support, here, for one another. If you can, read the book(s) and if not, join in anyway. I'm really hoping it will grow and become something helpful to all of us. And maybe Hope will write another book, with a Christian perspective thrown in, about how God can help to fill that 'hole' in our hearts where our mothers should be.