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Mothers often enter parenthood with little preparation

Columnist Charlotte Lankard writes that mothers, “being the sensitive creatures we are, typically spend time reflecting about whether or not we were good mothers. If we are honest, we believe we did some things well but we also know we made our share of mistakes.”
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman Published: May 6, 2014
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Mother’s Day is celebrated by some and dreaded by many. Whether it is happy or painful usually depends on the children and whether they remember.

Mothers, being the sensitive creatures we are, typically spend time reflecting about whether or not we were good parents. If we are honest, we believe we did some things well but we also know we made our share of mistakes.

Unfortunately, most of us had little preparation for parenting. When I was in college, I got a degree in science and education, but there was not even a Parenting 101 class offered. Most of us naively assumed we would know what to do when the time came.

We later had to understand we did the best we knew how at the time with the knowledge we had, and hope it was “good enough.”

Unfortunately, there are toxic parents who abuse, neglect and hurt their children. Survival as an adult may depend on severing contact with an abusive parent. But in working with these adult children, I have yet to meet one who didn’t wish it could be different.

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