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Letting Go And Moving Forward
Letting Go And Moving Forward
05/19/2017



Dr. Laura,

I am an almost 50-year-old mother of two teenagers who has listened to you for the past several years. I am an alcoholic with almost 7 years sobriety. I enjoy your frankness and honesty in helping people with all the 'issues' they call in with.

About 3 years ago, the long-struggling relationship my sister and I have had with our father was coming to a head. Listening to you helped me to realize that this was a toxic relationship with a bad person. Just because he had sex with my mother didn't mean that I had to keep a bad relationship going and possibly infect my children with his poor judgment. My sister and I cut ties about a year and a half ago. There was a painful scene but I left it feeling free for the first time in years. I didn't need his approval, love, or anything else.

I have my moments where I wish I had a dad but then I realize that I don't and that's OK. I am fully committed to my sobriety, to my children, and to my husband. You have given me the courage to understand. Thank you so much for providing so much wisdom and love to all of your callers. 

Samantha


Tags: Adult Child-Parent, Attitude, Mental Health, Parenting, Relatives
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