The relationship between mother and daughter is a vibrant one. It can be a rollercoaster of laughter, anger, joy, compassion and love. When a girl is young, there is no one more impressive than her mother. As a teenager, a mother can feel like an obstacle. However, as we age, the bond between a daughter and mother can turn to one of best of friendship.

A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports used cellphone data to track the dynamics of close relationships over time. The report found that as women age, they tend to have closer ties to their daughters, particularly as daughters begin to have children of their own. 

The bond between a mother and her daughter has also been explored by country music songwriters. Today, in honour of mother’s day, we’d like to present five examples of that special understanding that mothers and daughters share.

Shania Twain, “Coat of Many Colours”

The song was written by Dolly Parton and tells the story about how Parton’s mother made her a coat out of rags. It was sewn with her mother’s love and Parton felt “rich as I could be” with it. The coat now hangs in Parton’s Chasing Rainbows museum.

The Wilkinsons, “26 Cents”

Twenty-six cents doesn’t seem like a great goodbye gift from a mother. As the story unfolds, however, we learn “it’s a penny for your thoughts and a quarter for the call and all of your mama’s love.” Priceless.

Taylor Swift, “The Best Day”

Speaking of gifts, Taylor Swift recorded this song without her mother’s knowledge. Later, home video was added. Her mother received the final package for Christmas. As a result, Swift’s mother spent Christmas day crying – way to go!

Carrie Underwood, “Mama’s Song”

The reassurance a mother wants, when her daughter marries and starts a new life. Underwood’s mother stars alongside her daughter in this video.

Martina McBride, “In My Daughter’s Eyes”

The lyrics say it best:

“In my daughter's eyes, I can see the future,
A reflection of who I am and what will be,
And though she'll grow and someday leave,
Maybe raise a family,
When I'm gone I hope you see,
How happy she made me,
For I'll be there, in my daughter's eyes.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there!


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posted by Cathy Irving on May 12, 2012