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The Joys and Hardships of Motherhood
The Joys and Hardships of Motherhood

Hi Dr. Laura,

As I watch my second daughter (out of three) prepare for her high school graduation, I began thinking of the years I've spent raising our girls. I remember soon after my first child was born that I was going to become a stay-at-home mother (I thought for sure I was going back to work). No one else was going to raise our children but me. Fortunately, my husband and I had prepared ourselves financially and I was able to work from home as the youngest entered middle school.

What do I enjoy most about being a mother? Seeing our three girls (ages 15, 17, and 19) grow up and experience life and to become wonderful, beautiful, compassionate, strong-willed young women. Most of all, they still call me "Mommy" or "Mama", give me hugs and kisses, and tell me they love me every day.

What do I least enjoy? Seeing them grow up only to know the hardest part of parenting will be over soon. I have been blessed that they have had a healthy childhood, other than the occasional illness or injury.

Thank you, Dr. Laura, for all your years of wisdom. It has helped to make me a better wife and parent.

Tags: Memories, Mother's Day, Motherhood-Fatherhood, Mothering, Parenting, Relationships, SAHM stay-at-home mom, Stay-At-Home-Moms
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