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eyes, before speaking. “One of the best things a parent could have is a kind, compassionate soul for a child, Niko, and I am so grateful every day to have been so lucky. This conflict you’re feeling, this tug of war in your heart, that’s normal. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t feel this way, but I want you to be able to look at this from the best possible angle. You listening, mamas?” She paused, and I looked up, soaking every word in. “In no way will you beat yourself up over what has happened and what will happen. What you have on your hands is delicate, so know that while it is good to help, you are no superhero. Help and help and help while you reasonably can, and the minute you feel it starts to exhaust you, consume you, and weigh you down, fall back. There is an extent to which you can feel responsible for others, try as others might say there isn’t, and I don’t want you to ever push beyond that extent and spiral out.” I looked down at her freshly bitten nails, knowing that all she said came from not only a place of love but wisdom. She was, in many ways, right, and I knew that to approach this and approach it well, I would have to be open, but cautious.

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2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...