The essential, but often excruciating part of mothering is the inevitable need to let our children go out into the world and make their own choices. Mothers who are able to trust and allow children to live with their own consequences are less apt to be influenced by the shadow aspects of the too-good mother. Examples of some of the unconscious aspects of letting go might include: the fear of what other people think about them as mothers when their children are not perfect; feeling rejected as children no longer value their opinions and guidance; feeling abandoned, and other challenges.
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