And the separation, it is so painful. I find myself thinking that if I had known it would hurt this bad I am not sure I would have had children. Does anyone else ever feel like this?
Denise's thoughts: There are times when I wish the pressure to figure out what to do and do what is 'right' by my kids or their sometimes bad behavior towards me and the worry gets to me. And I am one that will continue trying to 'fix' things - like when they say hurtful things to me - until I'm overwhelmed. Then I realize, that I've got a part in this problem and it's time to take some 'me time'.
It's helped me feel stronger through this natural separation process that is as much a part of parenting as teaching them to walk. (She types with tears in her eyes.) It is the hardest job ever, but no I haven't gotten to a point where I've regretted it.
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