My Biggest Failure as a Mother*
*I realize mother is a problematic word. Sorry.
My biggest failure as a mother is not being able to keep my mouth shut. I do manage not to say anything if I am not asked. I do not offer my opinions freely, especially if they are hurtful or negative. However, if I am asked directly (I am able to avoid indirect solicitation) I have, thus far, unsuccessfully managed to keep my negative opinions to myself. Immediately after having one of these negative opinion sessions (usually after a demand that I accept so and so),often I simultaneously feel an overwhelming sense of shame and pride.