We Need To Stop Expecting Daughters To Be Caretakers
4 days ago - By Scary Mommy
I was the youngest of five children , the only girl. My siblings were a good deal older than me, the next youngest being almost a decade older. My parents divorced when I was eight years old and there were all sorts of splits in family loyalty, grudges, and in-fighting that followed.
But I was just a child and I loved all of them, so I was neutral territory. As such, I became the go-between. Everyone depended on me to keep the family emotionally balanced whenever they had to meet. My mom made me the main caretaker of the home: cooking, cleaning , laundry - she even took the allowance my...
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