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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 safe 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 see*****d they would forever watch over me and protect me.

My ***** first showed signs ***** separating when I was about nine or ten years old. I re*****mber suddenly finding myself mediating between them when ***** fought; my immature senses believed I was always a culprit. I 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 attention, which had previously been lathered on me.

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

My early childhood was full of play, joy, ***** fun. As an only child, I had m*****y friends, surrogate sisters and siblings who would fill my hours with delightful games but whom I never had to compete ***** for affection, attention, or toys. I loved my position as the princess ***** the family: I had free reign; I had ***** own room. When ***** got punished, it didn't l*****t very long. I ***** sent to my *****, which was filled with my favorite things. ***** didn't mind spending hours in *****re alone, playing pretend ***** with ***** dolls or making up strange new worlds. When I got together ***** my best *****, we would catch lizards in the ***** yard and created a reptilian village with toothpick-and-tinfoil beds. ***** came home to the solace of ***** room, ***** my retreat and my safety. ***** my parents got a divorce, this safety ***** be *****. A totally different dynamic would ensue and it was unknown and frightening. If I lived w*****h 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 ***** knew ***** he ***** so with a heavy


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