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Mothers and daughters have been written about criticized publicized condemned and praised for a long time As more and more material becomes available on mother-daughter relationships it becomes apparent that being a mother and being a daughter means different things to different people depending on race economics social status and blood type This paper will explore the meaning of being a mother and being a daughter by combining all of these independent variables A definition of motherhood and daughterhood will be clearer however as experience will tell us not everyone can be categorized or even explainedIn Choosing Consciousness Elizabeth Minnich describes mothers as The people who take day-by-day care of children the ones whose lives are intricately involved with their children the ones who keep the children safe who wrestle with their souls and fight with them and love them and try to heal them and give up on them and give in to them Minnich 195 In her opinion as well as many other authors we have read a mother does not need to be blood related She only needs to care for her child be there for her child and love her child She is the dominant woman force in her childs life influencing teaching and setting an example for her childThis idea is reflected in other cultures as well In black communities especially a mother is not necessarily one who gave birth to her daughter She is the person who sets examples for the daughter and is there to help coach the daughter through the trials and tribulations of life Biological mothers or bloodmothers are expected to care for their children But African and African-American communities have also recognized that vesting one person with full responsibility for mothering a child may not be wise if possible Collins 47Collins believes that in order to be a mother you only need to care for a child and this idea has been central to African
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