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I took my daughter Kiana to her toddler group today. As we all sat down for the "mommy discussion" while the children played, the facilitator asked, "Any questions?"

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Jennifer Ginsberg: Any questions? Let's see ...

When will I get my life back? My energy back? My passion back? My body back? Am I doing a good job? Why can't I get through a f*cking novel? Do I meet Winnicott's standards for the "Good Enough Mother"? Do my children love me? Will they one day sit on a therapist's couch and talk about what a narcissistic piece-of-sh*t mom I was? Are they content? Will they love each other when they are older? What will they remember about their childhood? How will they remember me? Will I ever sleep past 6 AM again?

Will my husband and I ever get to go to Greece alone? What am I going to be when I grow up? Did I make a mistake by giving up acting? Why are there cracks in my kitchen floor? Will I ever be able to complete the Sunday crossword puzzle? Should I try to kick my Starbucks addiction? When will Shane stop coming into my room at night? Should Kiana know her colors by now? Animal sounds? Am I a good-enough stepmother?

Should I be doing more? Doing less? Working more? Working less? Am I isolating? Hiding? From what? Am I the only one here that can't stand singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider"? Am I allowed any f*cking vices? Will I ever get past my grief over my mom's death? Should we just move to Hawaii? What do people really think of me?

Am I enough?

Any questions?

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School of Social Work October 16, 2009, 5:21 AM

Hi, it was absolute fun reading your questions. Maybe because I or we all at some point of time have these questions in mind but don’t know who to ask or where to get answers from. Or it can be so that we have the answers themselves but want someone else to answer them. This, I think is human nature. And I don’t know how to explain it psychologically.

wendy October 29, 2009, 4:06 PM

I loved it!!!!!

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