Damaged Girls and Broken Mothers: The Stories We Don’t Tell

We love to judge other moms. We love to compare and whisper about the ways in which we do mothering better. We vilify women who don't meet our mothering ideal. But that's an old story. What is not so old are the discussions about the ways we as a society damage the young girls that become broken mothers. We don't talk about the ways in which we are implicated in the very things that we condemn. Through story, this workshop invites us to think about links between girlhood trauma and less than ideal mothering. It invites us to explore ways in which we, as a community, can do the kind of work that build strong girls that can, if they choose to be mothers, evolve into empowered caregivers.