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When the first child is born, and after the difficult transition period of learning to be
a mother has been lived through successfully, there is often a reconciliation
between mothers and daughters who had been locked in conflict with each other.
... value system to her daughters and daughters-in-law. A peak point in a
woman's life is when she becomes a grandmother or matriarch. The Chinese
veneration for old people is well known. Traditionally, a son's most important
obligation is to ...
The woman's mother cares for her daughter in childbirth, or when she is ill, and
advises her constantly. The grandmother 'tests and trains'6 her son's wives when
they are living in her compound : 'Her interest in the welfare of her children does
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Mothercraft or Motherhood ?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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