' Little does this mother know her daughter may have slept with five people, and now she's scared to admit that to her mom." -- Sydney, age 17 "My mother views showing emotion as weakness, while I, on the other hand, am very emotional.
I've always felt like an embarrassment to her when I was feeling hurt or scared about something, so of course I don't go to her when I'm feeling any of those things." -- Ann-Marie, age 18 Next: Never Use Her Truth Against Her A big fear girls have talked about that prevents them from telling their moms the truth is having the information somehow used against them.
After receiving thousands like these, I thought I would start this journey we are on together in this column with the real question underneath: "How do I get my daughter to talk to me about what's going on in her life?
" So many moms have told me it would bring them peace if they could have a closer relationship with their daughters, with lots of open communication and sharing.
But when they do that, girls tend to think that whatever they tell them will become a big deal, as well." -- Emma, age 18 Next: Create A No-Judgment Zone Shame and blame seem to be the most surefire ways to kill any incentive for your daughters to talk openly with you.