Kelly McDaniel

Breaking the Cycle Film

“Breaking the Cycle contrasts the two basic ways societies can function: the optimal approach, which most human societies through time have followed, is the Cycle of Cooperative Companionship where children’s basic needs are met; they grow into well-functioning, cooperative community members (from neurobiology and on up); and as healthy adults, they maintain the cooperative system.  Currently in the …

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Connectfulness Practice Podcast: Mother Hunger with Kelly McDaniel

“Perhaps you’re one of many who feel a sense of dread and grief as Mother’s Day nears. These feelings may be related to the attachment injury Kelly McDaniel, LPC has termed “Mother Hunger.” It’s a term that helps women name the unspeakable pain that emerges from early childhood trauma and its lasting impact. Kelly McDaniel, …

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Article: In Praise of Maternal Guilt

“A recent book, “Power Moms,” asserts that “working-mother guilt persists in American society today because gender-role expectations haven’t evolved enough.” Here’s another perspective: If you feel guilty, it’s because you know your children need you. Maternal guilt, within reason, isn’t a bad feeling to be ditched. It’s a signal feeling—one that helps us to focus …

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Maternal Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Like many of you, I’m a bit out of sorts and somewhat disoriented right now. Our collective mental health is deteriorating during Covid-19. Recent stats report an increase from 20-40% of adults struggling with mental illness since the advent of the pandemic. Maternal mental health is particularly at risk. Helping children with distance learning, navigating …

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