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As on only child, I received more emotional care than most of my friends with siblings. My parents created for me a s*****fe environment from where I could view the outside world with optimism. They also tended to spoil me, but none*****less my boundaries were usually clear. Mom and dad were my king and queen: it seemed they would ********** watch over me ***** protect me.

My parents first showed signs of separating when I was about nine or ten years old. I remember suddenly finding myself mediating between them when ***** fought; my immature senses believed I ***** always a culprit. ***** can't even remember genuine turbulence in my household before then. All other fights seemed trivial and short-lived, but not these. I started acting rude and obnoxious ***** get their at*****tion, which had previously been lathered on me.

The teenage years can be wrought with psychological trauma; a combin*****tion ***** peer and parental pressures weigh on the developing young pers*****. ***** was no exception and experienced the difficulties of adolescence as soon as ***** ***** first showed signs of separation. I ***** talking to my best friend in the mall one afternoon. She *****ld ***** her parents were gett*****g divorced. At the time I thought little of it, for several of my other ********** parents had already been ***** for years. But ***** some reason I made a confession: my p*****rents had ***** fighting a lot, and ***** ***** my biggest fear. *****f they got divorced, I wouldn't know whom to live with. If ***** got divorced, it would have been because I've been talking back too much, because I'm rude and belligerent. Basically, I feared that ***** world would be shattered.

My early *****hood was full of play, joy, ***** fun. As an only child, I had many friends, surrogate sisters and siblings who would fill my hours with delightful games but ***** I never had to compete with for affection, attention, or toys. I loved ***** position as the princess of the family: ***** had free reign; I had my own room. When I got punished, it didn't l*****t very long. I was sent to my room, ***** was filled ***** my favorite things. ***** didn't mind spending hours in there alone, playing pretend ***** with ***** dolls or making up strange new worlds. When I got together ***** my ***** friends, we would catch lizards in the ***** yard and created a reptilian village with toothpick-and-tinfoil beds. ***** came home to the solace of my room, to my retreat and my safety. ***** ***** parents got a divorce, this safety would be *****. A totally different dynamic would ensue and it was unknown and frightening. If I *****d ***** only my mom, who would scold me when ***** did wrong? My mom always left that part up to my dad, ***** was the best disciplinarian I knew. While I hated being punished at ***** time, subconsciously ***** ***** that he did so w*****h a heavy


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