TALK’n TROUBLE: Every Mother’s Story


TROUBLE celebrates Mother’s Day this year by recognizing the importance of every Mother’s story. We stand on the shoulders of all the strong women who navigated the world and made Trouble before us, especially those of our Moms. There can be a transformative power in the narratives we get from our mothers. The stories they share are not just anecdotes; they are the threads that weave the fabric of our identities and shape our understanding of the world. Every daughter’s story is a sequel to her Mother’s.

“But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.” –Mitch Albom, American author, journalist, and musician.

A mother’s story is more than just a tale; it’s a powerful tool for nurturing confidence and self-reliance in her daughter. As a tangible role model, a mother’s experiences of resilience, determination, and overcoming challenges can inspire her daughter to emulate her strength and tenacity. Her narrative is infused with her values, such as perseverance, compassion, and integrity, which she can pass on to her daughter through storytelling. This process guides her daughter’s moral compass and shapes her character, fostering resilience and empowerment.

“Raising a daughter is not about shielding her from the world; it’s about equipping her with the tools to thrive in it.”—Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States.

Hearing about her mother’s experiences of taking risks and stepping out of her comfort zone can encourage a daughter to fearlessly embrace new opportunities and pursue her dreams. A mother’s story can show that taking calculated risks is an essential part of growth and self-discovery. Through narratives of facing adversity and bouncing back from setbacks, a mother’s story can teach her daughter the importance of resilience. It helps her understand that challenges are a natural part of life and that she has the strength to overcome them.

“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where a backbone ought to be”—Clementine Paddleford,  Early 20th-century TroubleMaker who revolutionized food writing.

Listening to her mother’s story allows a daughter to reflect on her life, strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations. It encourages introspection and self-awareness, helping her develop a sense of identity and purpose. By showcasing moments of independence and self-sufficiency in her narrative, a mother encourages her daughter to take initiative and believe in her capabilities, inspiring her daughter to become independent and self-reliant (aka “difficult/TroubleMaker”). 

 “It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us.” ―Jane Goodall, World-renowned ethologist, conservationist, and TroubleMaker.

Mothers who share stories of navigating complex emotions, handling conflicts, and practicing empathy are instrumental in their daughters’ emotional intelligence development. These narratives create a safe space for dialogue, where daughters feel comfortable seeking guidance, sharing their own experiences, and building a strong bond based on mutual understanding and trust. In an era of social media, where negativity can be pervasive, these open lines of communication are more crucial than ever.

“We must teach our girls that if they speak their minds, they can create the world they want to see.”—Robyn Silverman, leading Child and Adolescent Development Specialist.

A mother’s story can empower, inspire, and guide her daughter, shaping her into a confident, self-reliant, and resilient individual. A mother’s story can have profound significance in her daughter’s life. Shared stories are not just reflections of the past; they are often examples of courage and determination. They can be instructive and inspiring. Sharing our responses to patriarchy and gender bias is an important legacy. These true-life narratives can challenge stereotypes, break down barriers, and inspire daughters to envision a world where gender equity is not just an ideal but a lived reality. Have you shared your stories? 

Stay tuned for more insights and inspiration.

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