Thank you, Louise, for your thoughts. I am glad you found value in this post. When my kids were much younger I tried so hard to be tough that I realize I didn’t show them vulnerability. I am grateful that now that my boys are older I am able to be more vulnerable with them and talk about more emotional things. My daughter is younger than they are and I have been able to accept my own shortcomings with her not as failures but as evidence of my humanity. It IS ok for our kids to learn about feelings, expressing them in a healthy way, and accepting themselves as they do so. Thank you for sharing it too.

It has been a long time since I have had to cry with purpose — this week has been brutal.

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