Sep 5 • 5M

Preview: My Mom's Postpartum and Her Reaction to My Divorce

And how we're healing our relationship.

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Leslie Stephens
The companion podcast to Morning Person Newsletter, hosted by Leslie Stephens. Open and honest conversations on navigating big decisions, gathering, and living a meaningful life best served with coffee.
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This podcast episode is a preview of “Issue #106: A Conversation with My Mom About Our Relationship and My Divorce.

A couple weeks ago, when I was back home in Reno, I asked my mom, Tracy Fairhurst, if she would be open to sitting down to a recorded conversation. It was, on the surface, an interview for Morning Person, but it meant far more to both of us, given our history.

For years, my mom and I had a close, but tumultuous, relationship. When I was in high school, we fought endlessly and in my 20s, we went an entire year without talking. Even this year, we stopped speaking for several months. That most recent argument, which began in April and lasted until June, felt like a tipping point: We could go on this way forever, or we could change. Thankfully, we chose the latter and began to have openhearted conversations and be more aware of each others’ boundaries and sensitivities.

Mother-daughter relationships are some of the most complicated. I hope our honest conversation below provides you with some clarity toward your own or, at the very least, normalizes the fact that not every pair is Lorelai and Rory.

Thanks for listening! You can access the original issue here.