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I Feel Like a Bad Mother At Times

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    Yes, Sometimes!

    I have small moments when I think I am bad as a mother. I should have, could have done more, said more, less. I think it's normal.To me, being a mother is a difficult task. You have to show strength and gentleness, love and harshness. You have to be stern but also be fun. Listen...
    soulrunher soulrunher 41-45, F 6 Responses Jan 30, 2013

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    What Else Can I Do?

    I sometimes feel as though I'm a bad mother to my daughter. I had her when i was when I was 21 and it was the most bitter sweet day of my life. I was ecstatic and scared to be a mom.. I was proud and speechless when i saw my baby girl..but her father almost...
    MissUndastood247 MissUndastood247 22-25, F Nov 25, 2008

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    I love my daughter, she is my world.

    I feel so guilty. She has seen and heard me and my husband fighting. We've fought for years but lately it is on a daily basis. She has become such an angry little girl and I hate myself for contributing to it. My husband cannot deal with anything and easily gets angry, he...
    Dimples99 Dimples99 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 24

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    You Have Such a Great Baby (i'm Just a Bad Mom)

    You have such a great baby (I'm just a bad mom) This is what is always in my head when I receive so many compliments on my daughter.  And I'm not bragging, she is cute.  I didn't find her cute.  How can you?!  Seriously.  I had depression throughout my...
    Littlesister1968 Littlesister1968 36-40 2 Responses Oct 2, 2009

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    People Expect You To Be God When You Have Kids

    Parents makes mistakes, no parent is perfect. A parent can be abusive but it's not bad enough for social services to get involved but they work on it so they won't do it anymore. My mother used to hit when she lose her temper and get mad, she has slapped me across the head...
    girlwithanxiety girlwithanxiety 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 5, 2012

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    All Mom's Do Sometimes

    after all kids don't  come with instructions... We all make mistakes...We all wish we had done certains things better We all think there are better mom's than us out there.... All honest Mom's will tell you this is the pure truth..."We all feel like we are bad...
    4everChanging 4everChanging 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 2, 2009

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    Motherhood Is The Best Part Of My Life, Why Can't I Do It Right?

    I have a beautiful blue-eyed son. He is so sweet with his "I love you Mommy's" and "Mom, you're the bests." I love him more than I think he will ever know. I struggle at times though, being a single Mom is really difficult. I do everything I possibly can to give my child every...
    janame33 janame33 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 4, 2013

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    Three Children With ADD Is Too Much For Me To Handle When I Have ADD Myself

    I have three beautiful children and have been married for 12 years. I work for myself and have tremendous flexibility. I really feel guilty complaining but I am so overwhelmed I need to just get this out! I feel like a horrible mother almost every day. My children are 11, 10...
    bookish2020 bookish2020 46-50 1 Response Mar 24, 2013

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    I Feel Like I Can't Think Around My 5 Year Old Long Enough To Be A Good Mom To Him

    I'm the single mother of a 5 year old that has ADHD, defiant/oppositional disorder, anxiety disorder, and Aspergers. I myself have my own issues, including but not limited to OCD and Aspergers, and in the past year left my abusive marriage to his father and a few months ago was...
    rollerskate rollerskate 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2013

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    I don't even know where to start mainly because all my life I've been an outcast. When I was young my real father left me and so my mom worked a lot to keep food on the table and...
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    My mother has always been a rather unpleasant person to be honest - when I was a child she would occasionally hit me and as I got older she would be a little more creative, once...
    Fedupdaughter Fedupdaughter 61-65, F 2 Responses Jun 25

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    I feel like ..i was never meant to be a mother ...don't get me wrong I believe children are so beautiful and innocent and all I see is good in them! innocent and sweet ...I have 3...
    pinkfloydkitty pinkfloydkitty 31-35, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    It's weird to complain about that. My mother was a psychologist and she worked hard on me since I was a child to make me confident and have great self steem... and she was...
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