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Three Generations of Substance Abuse

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My mother was a great mother before she started drinking. We had mommy-daughter days where we’d get our hair or nails done together. We’d look in photo albums at old pictures of me, and we’d bake cookies. My father was often in jail or in trouble so I never looked to him for anything. My […]

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A Parent’s Road to Recovery

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This story originally appeared in Rise, a magazine written by parents involved in the child welfare system. When my daughter Rosemarie was 5 years old, she told me that her father was sexually molesting her when she went on weekend visits. As soon as she told me, I took Rosemarie to the hospital, got the […]

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Not Too Late for a Mother

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I was 3 years old when I went into care. The agency blamed my mom for using drugs, and my mom blamed my dad for abusing her. I am 17 now, and to this day, I do not know the truth. I am even scared to find out the real reason I am in care […]

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How I Learned to Understand My Mom

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As a child and young teen, I loved my mother but I resented her more. She yelled at me a lot, often about me getting what she considered bad grades. If I brought home anything lower than a 95, she’d say hurtful things (that was how I learned curse words in Chinese). “You’re so dumb. […]

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