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Mother Hunger

How Adult Daughters Can Understand and Heal from Lost Nurturance, Protection, and Guidance


“A brave, sensitive, and clinically intuitive book filled with wisdom and healing.”

Erica Komisar, LCSW, psychoanalyst, parent guidance expert and author of Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters

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From Hay House Publishing

In her new book, Kelly guides women toward a deeper understanding of Mother Hunger, a concept she first named in Ready to Heal (2008). Normalizing the difficulty that women face in relationships, Kelly’s new book soothes the legacy of shame from fractured maternal bonding.

The constant search for mother love can be a lifelong emotional burden, but healing begins with knowing and naming what we are missing. McDaniel helps women identify Mother Hunger, which demystifies the search for love and provides the compass that each woman needs to end the struggle with achy, lonely emptiness, and come home to herself.


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Kelly McDaniel, is a licensed professional counselor and author, specializing in treating women who struggle with self worth and relationships. As the first clinician to name an attachment injury as Mother Hunger she explores the legacy that comes from bonding with an emotionally compromised mother. Her upcoming book, Mother Hunger speaks to the millions of women who suffer with a life-long emotional burden that adversely affects self worth and relationships with others. It didn’t have a name. Until now.

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“I read Mother Hunger as if it was a sacred text – each word revealing and illuminating the deepest inner essence of me I knew was there but couldn’t name. Kelly McDaniel has translated the most palpable, potent, and impactful imprint of mother to daughter that has the power to heal us in real time while also providing healing to those who’ve come before us and arrive after. I honestly cannot remember a time I have resonated with anything as much as I do Mother Hunger. If you’re drawn to this book – trust it!”

Nancy Levin, author of Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free

“Kelly McDaniel’s Mother Hunger is going to create a worldwide sigh of relief as daughters everywhere finally have words to describe the aching loss that haunts their lives and relationships. With compassionate understanding for the incredible challenges that all mothers face when trying to mother well, Mother Hunger provides a much-needed key to the hidden impacts that being under-mothered can create and points the way toward healing and wholeness.”

Michelle Mays LPC, CSAT-S, founder of PartnerHope and the Center for Relational Recovery

This book is pure gold dust in my opinion, never have I read a book that I felt was written for me and to have words and an explanation of why I am like I am, I feel like this book has cracked my heart open to really begin to heal… forever grateful to Kelly for her work. – Clare, a reader in the U.K.

I wish I’d had this book years ago. The author interprets various psychology concepts through a very specific lens (of being a woman, of being a daughter) and her explanations make so much sense. That issues one might be facing are from an important attachment injury, not a personal shortcoming or pathology. There is so much wisdom in this book and the overall tone is very reassuring. I hope others who can relate to the concepts find it, too.- Anonymous reader in the U.S.

I’m so grateful to see in print the words that describe our unspoken denial of our preciousness as daughters (as well as sons) that comes from mothers not knowing or being able to provide the love that we needed from birth. As I read this book I could see the generational deficit in my own family from mothers to daughters of the nurturance, protection, and guidance that the author describes as the core elements of mothering. It was a plus to have the final chapters devoted to healing strategies for all of us to practice – another gift from the author. Thank you, Kelly McDaniel!!- Kathryn, a reader in the U.S.

This book has changed me for the better. Had to put it down a few times to digest ! But WOW what a life changer and a must- read! Thank you Kelly!!!- Natalie, a reader in the U.S.

Intelligent and healing – this book blew my mind and gave me so much insight. I will re read as there is so much more in there to take in and rediscover. I can honestly say there’s been a shift and I am making changes to how I nourish myself with food and learning to become a better mother to myself.- Anonymous reader in the U.K.

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