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Mommy Issues – Trump and Suzy!

Happy Mother’s Day, Ladies. I hope you enjoyed your day with your mother or children – or both – as well as with aunts, cousins, friends and other family members.

At some point during the day, you may have thought about the fact that we all have Mommy issues. Yes, we all do.  Maybe today you’ve thought about your own Mommy issues. We spend a lot of time reflecting on how our mother has impacted our lives for better and worse.  We try to squash the bad… but, inevitably, it all leaks out. Doesn’t it?

This Mother’s Day, SuzyKnew! would like to share with you Politico’s article on Donald Trump’s Mommy Issues below. We’ve covered the Donald and his relationship with women a lot over the last year or so.  But, we haven’t dealt with one of the most important – if not the most important – relationship he has with a woman: his mother.

He may not have bonded successfully with his mother and that made him the adult—and the politician—that he is.


Donald Trump is easily the most psychoanalyzed president of modern times. His decision-making style and behavior have been hotly debated by journalists, voters, politicians, world leaders and pundits who have bestowed upon him any number of fanciful, grave-sounding mental conditions, calling him, among other things, a narcissist, a sociopath, a psychopath and a paranoiac. Trump has said he distrusts mental health professionals, so we don’t have access to a formal assessment of his psychology. But colloquially speaking, perhaps the best explanation for the president’s behavior dates back to his earliest interactions with his mother.

Although I’m not a psychologist, I have spent years researching a major field of psychology known as attachment theory for a book. According to the science of attachment—developed in the second half of the 20th century by British psychotherapist John Bowlby—we’re hardwired at birth to attach to a competent and reliable caregiver for protection because we are born helpless. The success or failure of this attachment affects all our relationships throughout life—in the workplace, on the athletic field, with loved ones—and yes, even in politics. Children who bond successfully with a primary caregiver—usually this is the mom but it could also be the dad, grandparent, nanny or other adult—grow up with what is termed a “secure” attachment. As adults, they tend to be confident, trusting of others, resilient in the face of setbacks, and able to enjoy long, stable relationships. Children who fail to achieve a successful attachment, on the other hand, may as adults have a lack of comfort with intimacy, difficulty trusting others, a constant need for reassurance from relationship partners, and a lack of resilience when faced with illness, injury or loss… Continue reading

Also, we would like share a few past articles SuzyKnew! has published on Mother’s Day that deal with issues with have with our Mothers.

Mother’s Day: It’s Complicated, May 14, 2017

Mother’s Day is a day when mothers can do no wrong and daughters are expected to be dutiful and respectful. But, most of all, everyone should be happy and grateful. But, we all know: Mother’s Day is complicated. Continue reading.



My Mother/My Self, My Love Life, May 13, 2012

Today, in many countries, we celebrate Mother’s Day. But, how does our relationship with our mothers influence our love lives? Our sex lives? Continue reading




Happy Mother’s Day!

The Original Mother’s Day Proclamation

Where does Mother’s Day come from? Its origins can be traced to Julia Ward Howe, a fun-loving, but serious and independent-minded, wealthy New York heiress. Julia was coddled by her family and then while mourning the death of her father and sister-in-law she fell into a tumultuous marriage with a man 20 years her senior. Julia became an abolitionist, feminist and pacifist as well as a published poet.

The women’s suffrage movement was her favorite cause, but she is perhaps best known for writing the “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  Horrified by the carnage of the civil war, she wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 shown below.  Julia envisioned Mother’s Day as a day when women of all nationalities would come to together to work for world peace.

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,

Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Happy Mother’s Day!