Quotation by Susan Ferraro

I respect guilt. It is a dangerous but sometimes useful beast. The guilt that made me want to solve all my children's problems meant trouble. The guilt that made me question my role in our mother-daughter squabbles proved helpful. Yes, I care about my kids' problems, and I long to make suggestions. But these days I wait for children to ask for help, and I give it sparingly. Some things can't be fixed, and I tell them so.
Susan Ferraro (20th century), U.S. writer. "My 11-year-old Knows Just How to Get to Me," Working Mother (August 1988).
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