This weeks podcast provides valuable insights and practical advice for moms seeking to foster deeper connections with their daughters and support them through the challenges of the upcoming school year. Maria emphasizes the importance of setting expectations and separating one's own experiences and story from those of one's child, recognizing that the child's success is not necessarily a reflection of the parent's parenting skills.

To build stronger bonds with their daughters, Maria suggests creating a weekly ritual or routine for spending quality time together. This could involve going out for coffee or tea, taking a walk, or engaging in a fun activity that both parties enjoy. By setting aside consistent, dedicated time for each other, moms and daughters can build trust, establish open lines of communication, and create a safe space for sharing and connecting.

In addition to dedicating time to connection, Maria recommends working on executive functioning skills, such as planning, organization, and time management, with one's daughter. These skills are essential for success in school and in life, and developing them together can be a fun and rewarding experience that strengthens the bond between moms and daughters.

Another important aspect of supporting one's daughter is discussing friendships and social dynamics. Moms can help their daughters navigate tricky social situations, learn to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships, and develop communication skills for resolving conflicts. Understanding the complex dynamics of friendships and social life can help moms provide a supportive and empowering environment for their daughters, helping them to build strong, lasting relationships.

Maria suggests using a mother-daughter journal as a tool for communication, where both parties can write down their thoughts, feelings, and experiences and share them with each other. This can be a powerful way to build connection and understanding between moms and daughters, providing a safe and private space for both parties to express themselves freely.

Throughout the podcast, Maria emphasizes the importance of self-care for moms, including finding a supportive circle of women to rely on for emotional support and validation. By taking care of themselves, moms can better support their daughters and create a stronger, more resilient family dynamic that can weather the challenges of the school year and beyond.

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