Thank you so much, Bernice. This was a very encouraging and heart-wrenching comment. I’m well behind on my journey but I feel like it gets better and I’ve had to give up less ground to my kids. I realize that the reason I was able to build great relationships with my kids initially was that I let them get away with a lot of things and do whatever they want. I stopped doing that and have been more firm, to their dismay. It’s hard to be compassionate and firm at the same time.

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