By TERI JOHNSON
"I love Mom to death, but I wish she'd stop interfering in my life."
"My daughter would make such a pretty bride, and maybe if she got a real job she'd meet someone worthy of her affections."
The bond between mother and daughter is an emotional and spiritual one, but that loving embrace can be so tight it leaves you gasping for breath.
Remember that the relationship is a two-way street, says Dr. Denny McGihon of Psychotherapy Services LLC in Frederick, Md.
"We can't change people over to suit ourselves; we need to accept them as they are," McGihon says.
View your mother or daughter for who she is, not for who you want her to be, says Dr. Tamara Baker, director of Hood College Counseling Center in Frederick. That recommendation was among those presented at a recent mother-daughter conference at Hood College.