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Weekend workshop to strengthen mother-daughter bond

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By: Emily Rau / News 4

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The relationship between mothers and teenage daughters has become legendary in our culture. Often times, moms expect the worst and daughters get a reputation of being difficult, or pulling away from their mothers.

“The message we get in our culture is that mothers and daughters do not get along in the teen years, that it's natural that our daughters are supposed to be pushing us away,” said author Sil Reynolds.

Reynolds is one half of a mother-daughter author team that believes it doesn’t have to be that way.

Reynolds wrote the book, “Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping your bond strong through the teen years” with her daughter, Eliza. They travel the country talking about a different approach to the teen years—thriving instead of surviving.

This Saturday, Sil and Eliza will be in St. Louis to have a conversation about the topic and lead a retreat for local girls and their moms.

“All of us teen girls would love to have a close relationship with our mom,” said Eliza Reynolds, who wrote half of the book specifically for girls to read. Eliza encourages teen and pre-teen girls to take an active approach to being a daughter, and to invest in her relationship with her mother.

Local non-profit Girls In The Know is hosting the event. Executive Director Gina Marten says the transition from young girl to teenager is critical, but doesn’t have to be painful for the mother-daughter relationship. “The whole idea is that that mothers and daughters can actually thrive in these years,” Marten said.

One hundred mothers and daughters from the St. Louis Public School District will be at the keynote event on Saturday. The tickets are sponsored, thanks to a partnership with Express Scripts.

“In the life of a young girl, I can't think of a more significant relationship than the mother daughter relationship,” said Jana Haywood, the principal of Nance Elementary school in St. Louis.

She says her students are excited to attend, and she hopes it will be a fun and meaningful conversation.

“My major hope is that they'll walk away feeling empowered, that they'll have a language that’s common amongst the mothers and daughters so when they go home they can further the discussion,” Haywood told News 4.

News 4 This Morning anchor Emily Rau is moderating the conversation with the authors. It is geared toward girls ages 10 and up, and their mothers or guardians.

Khalia Collier, owner and general manager of the St. Louis Surge women’s basketball team, will serve as the emcee.

The keynote conversation is Saturday, at 10 a.m., at Kirkwood High School. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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