Dr. Jen — I would be happy for you to share my post. Thank you for your response and for confirming that I am on the right track. This was a hard one to write because I want more than anything to let other parents know they are not alone and I hold them with so much compassion. But I also know that keeping ourselves in our cozy coccoon of self-approbation is not healthy — for us or our children.

The response that you pointed out made me go back and add the disclaimer about alienation. A lot of people don’t know the difference (I didn’t until recently.) It is not my intent to hurt any parent. We have all suffered enough.

Thanks again for responding.

Human learning to be human. Writing in hopes of getting there.

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