My Top 8 Posts For 2010 On Dealing With Toxic Parents

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The thunder and lightning storm beating Northern California has taken down my computer.

So here are my top 8 posts from 2010 on dealing with toxic mothers/parents, as I pieced together the sections of my book, Confessions of An Undutiful Daughter over the past 7 months.

Drum roll please.

My Top 8 Posts For 2010 On Dealing With Toxic Parents

8. Hawaii Dreaming: When Pele Speaks – I Listen

Massages can be tricky things. Each masseuse has an individual style and vibe. Growing up in a family that spent weekends at Wine County hot springs, I know a good massage and I’ve come to expect a restorative experience . . . but this one in Hawaii was life-altering.

7. Adoptees: Dream Wisely

My dad always said, “Be careful what you wish for.” I wished for a photograph of my mother as a young woman. I had plenty of pictures of my adoptive mother, the mother who raised me; and a few of my darling step-mother. But I had no photos at all of the teenager who gave me life and then gave me up.

6. Eat, Pray, Cope: What Kind Of Toxic Mother Do You Have?

My introduction to someone else’s wonderful book, Coping with your Difficult Older Parent: a Guide for Stressed-Out Children by social workers Grace Lebow and Barbara Kane (with Irwin Lebow) was published in 1999 by Quill (Harper Collins).

5. Your Mother Might Be Toxic If

My unscientific test to help you decide if your mother is truly toxic. I offer one point for every time you say to yourself, oh yeah.

4. When Dreaming, Put Up or Shut Up

Where I answered my own Undutiful Daughter questionnaire for all to see. Read with caution.

3. Dreaming of Healthy Relationships With Friends

Having friends seems risky to a kid who doesn’t trust her own mother. What is your experience with friendships?

2. Got A Dream? Ask For Help

Where I ask my readers to consider being part of my book, Confessions of An Undutiful Daughter by completing my Confessions of An Undutiful Daughter questionnaire(pdf).

1. 30 Healing Affirmations For Daughters of Toxic Mothers

My little mantras, little affirmations to shield me from toxic mother fall-out. They can help you too. This is my number one, most popular post by our readers. If you are suffering with a toxic parent, you might want to spend a few moments reading this post.

There you have it – my top 8 posts on 8 Women Dream.

Remember you are not alone in dealing with toxic parents. I am always here to lend an ear.

Would you like to fill out my questionnaire, Confessions of an Undutiful Daughter, and tell me about your experience with your toxic mother?

Until next Sunday,

Rayne Wolfe’s dream is to write her first book Confessions of an Undutiful Daughter by the end of 2011. She completed her dream journey May of 2011 on 8WD after a year living her dream. You can find her at Toxic Mom Toolkit on Facebook.

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  • Lordy – did I not comment yet? It was interesting and fun to dig through all the data and look at your top posts. I think we all should do one by the end of the year.

    It’s a healthy does of what our readers need.

    Two words from an old techie: Surge protection http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=761520

    Also, whenever there is a lightning storm moving towards your home, turn off your computers to protect them from being fried.

    Hugs, Cath

  • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

    Awesome collection Rayne. You write such incredibly thoughtful posts. Thanks for taking a risk and coming along for the ride. xox Rem

  • Rayne

    The good news is, the storm has passed and I think my old laptop survived a power surge. The bad news – it’s running super slow. I’ll sort it out by next Sunday when you, dear readers, will have a brand new fresh posting from Rain… I mean RAYNE!