God intended Motherhood to be a relay race. Each generation would pass the baton on to the next.
The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires that most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child go away from the mother and become fully independent. The amicable loosening of the bond between mother and daughter is one of the most difficult tasks.
What do we mean by the nurture of daughters? What is it we wish we had or could have, as daughters; could give, as mothers? Deeply and primarily we need trust and tenderness. Surely, this will always be true of every human being, but women growing into a world so hostile to us, need a very profound kind of loving in order to learn to love ourselves.
Where do mothers learn all the things they tell their daughters not to do? As the Jewish proverb says “What The Daughter Does, The Mother Did.” A mother’s example sketches the outline of her child’s character. Prior to becoming mothers, some have had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. However, overtime after having several, there’s only one (1) theory: “Love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.
“The Source Of Human Love Is The Mother.” (African Proverb)