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Bad Childhood

Email of the Day: My Healing Is MY Responsibility

By Dr. Laura on February 22, 2024
Red broken heart has a crack taped up

One of the biggest regrets of my life is not reading your books, "10 Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives" and "Bad Childhood, Good Life" when I was 18 years old. When I finally read your books, I cried all the way through.


I thought my high school sweetheart would be my salvation. I now realize I allowed my childhood pain to dictate the man I married. At the time, I sunk my claws in and held on for dear life. Here I am now, three kids later with a cheating husband.


I’m so sad for the little girl who never experienced unconditional love from her parents. But a momma bear awoke in my chest when I had my own children. I knew I had to protect them. And that's what I do. I’m a stay-at-home mom who homeschools. I force myself to get along with my husband and be the best example to my kids. But I also daydream about the future I can have once my youngest turns 18. It helps me.


My trauma may not be my fault, but my healing is my responsibility β€” not my children’s. I can’t thank you enough for showing me there is more to life than self-indulgence.



With much love, respect and gratitude,


My Healing Is MY Responsibility


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