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

My parents first showed signs of separating when I was about nine or ten years old. I re*****mber suddenly finding *****self mediating between them when ***** fought; my immature senses believed I ***** always a culpr*****. ***** can't even remember genuine turbulence in my househ***** before then. All other fights seemed trivial and short-lived, but not these. I started acting rude and obnoxious to 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 pers*****. ***** was no exception and experienced the difficulties of adolescence as soon as my ***** first ***** signs of separation. I remember talking ***** my best friend in the mall one afternoon. She told me her parents were gett*****g divorced. At the time I thought little of it, for several of my o*****r ********** parents had already been divorced for years. But ***** some reason ***** made a confession: ***** parents had ***** fighting a lot, and ***** was my biggest fear. If they got divorced, I wouldn't know whom to live with. If they got *****, it would have been because I've been talking back too much, ***** I'm rude and belligerent. Basically, I feared that my ***** would be shattered.

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


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