Recent studies show that mother and daughter relationships may be the strongest bond between a parent and their child.
We all know that kids inherit some of our best and worst traits. Your kid may have your eyes, your nose, or even your widow’s peak. Even more than that, they may even have a similar personality! Have you ever reprimanded your child for something you know you also did as a kid (and, let’s admit it, you still do)? It’s funny to see how similar parents and their children truly are. You may find yourself saying some of the same things to your kids that your parents said to you. You drive your kids crazy, and they do the same to you. But you love them to death.
For some, those similarities may push your relationship to its limits (all that fighting during the teen years, anyone?) But some bonds are too strong to be broken.
And there’s just something a little extra special about the mother-daughter love.
According to a recent study, mothers passed on more similar traits to their daughters than to their sons. Traits daughters inherited from mothers include higher levels of empathy and possibly even a higher potential to be vulnerable to depression. In addition to the genetic similarities, mother-daughter relationships and father-son relationships appear to be the strongest, most likely through due to similarities of experience.
Every bond between a parent and their child is both unique and full of love. Moms, the next time you look at your daughter with love, respect, and a little bit of frustration, just remember that she probably feels the same way.