9 Things Adult Daughters Want Their Mothers to Know

Gaye Clark and Anna Clark | May 8, 2015


“And Mom, for my 18th birthday . . .”

The rest of my daughter’s sentence sounded like an adult in a Charlie Brown special. Anna spoke clearly enough, but I focused on the impending reality of those last four words.

“Mom? Mom!”

I looked up at my daughter. “I’m sorry. . . . What? What were you saying?”

She shook her head and her eyes narrowed. “You weren’t listening, were you?”

Anna, like many young women, is a self-proclaimed Daddy’s girl. Throughout her life, he’d been the go-to parent for her. “I’m just like Dad,” she would explain. “Besides, Nathan is your favorite anyway.”

Ouch. I didn’t want to be accused of playing favorites. With my husband’s recent death, I held both my children closer than ever. How could I improve my relationship with my adult daughter and point her to Christ?

Recently, I asked Anna, now 22 and a senior at Covenant College, to give me nine things a mother needs to know about her adult daughter. So she and her friends crowded around a lunch table. Much of what they said, to me, looks a lot like the practical application of Ephesians 6. 

1. Daughters take in more than


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