You feel a little melancholy that they will never be the little ones that sit on your lap and listen to your every word and look at you adoringly. Those days are over.
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Being a mother has been a masterclass in letting go. Try as we might, there's only so much we can control... As mothers, we just don't want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans.
I love our daughters more than anything in the world — more than life itself. And while that may not be the first thing that some folks want to hear from an Ivy League educated lawyer, it is truly who I am.
I see now how important that kind of freedom is for all children, particularly for girls with flames of their own — flames the world might try to dim. I know that not every girl is like me, including my own daughters.
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When a father puts in long hours at work, he's praised for being dedicated and ambitious. But when a mother stays late at the office, she's sometimes accused of being selfish, neglecting her kids.
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We made sure they had responsibilities, and so, we had to do things like institute rules that the housekeepers couldn't clean the girl's rooms and that they had to make their own beds, and have a set of chores.