The Darien YMCA is hosting a workshop series for moms of daughters. This workshop will teach mothers of middle and high school girls “the skills and tools to be a powerful resource for their daughters.”

And in response to the busy schedules of moms, the workshop will now be condensed to two Wednesday sessions, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24. Each of the two sessions will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Prior to Oct. 17, each participant will have a 30-minute one-on-one meeting with one of the workshop leaders to ask questions and get to know the instructors. The cost is $100 for Y members and $150 for non-members.

“My Daughter, Myself” is designed for moms of tweens and teens who wish to acknowledge and relieve the stress that undermines their daughter’s confidence, self-esteem, and happiness. Whether it be the pressures to achieve academically, athletically and socially, the pressure to look good on social media, or the pressure to be “perfect” in every way, moms want and need to know how they can help their daughters.

In this workshop series, mothers will learn how to have more connected conversations with their daughter, how to help her articulate her values to make truer choices, and how to honor her emotions in order to create healthy approaches to her life. The sessions will be an interactive and reflective experience. It will be lead through information sharing, skill building, and home practice with your daughter.  

“My Daughter, Myself” is led by Andrea McDonough, a trained facilitator in Dr. Brené Brown’s The Daring Way program, and Kim Bealle. Both are certified life coaches and moms of young women who grew up in the local area. Kim and Andrea have both created and run local workshops for women around parenting, transition and more. Andrea was part of the YWCA’s Parent Awareness team while her kids were at DHS. She also co-led the Depot’s GNO program that was created to help high school girls come together and share the issues they face in their lives. To register, visit the Darien YMCA website darien-ymca.org. If questions, call 203-655-8228.