Wow. Sometimes you have something in your heart and in the back of your mind for years, but you can never quite give voice to it.
And then suddenly you find out you're not alone. The article Can We Please Stop Gaslighting Our Kids was an awakening for me. The kind that made me say, "YES, YES, YES!!!" as I was reading it. And not only for its message about what we erroneously expect from children, but also for its implications on how women are treated in our society.
I can easily pinpoint many times in my life--including the past few years--when I have been on the receiving end of gaslighting. I'm so happy that I now have a label for that. And that I've decided not to put up with it ever again. And that I will work hard to make sure I don't do it to anyone else, especially the many children in my life. We all deserve better.
I could have written every word of this, if I ever could have found the clarity with which to do it. Thankfully, Steph at the Grounded Parents blog did instead.
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