When I was a child, my parents separated and became rivals...

When I was a child, my parents separated and became rivals for my custody. I decided mentally to "fire" them as parents. They both seemed incompetent to me, and I believed I did not want them. I felt particularly at odds with my mother. So I started to act and behave like an orphan, even though both parents were still living. Truly, I was heartbroken. I eventually lived with a family who took me in; I considered those people my "real" parents.

When I was later married and experiencing battles with our three-and-a-half-year-old son, I turned to Christian Science for help. A practitioner pointed out that everyone is truly the child of God, governed by Him in perfect harmony. I felt quite self-righteous, but I came to see that, in regard to raising our children, I was failing. Our son told me that he felt the love of his dad and his baby sister, but did not feel I loved him.

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