Thanking You in Advance: A Muse on Raising Boys and All Their Sound Effects

By Brooke Benton

I don’t usually have these moments, but lately they’ve come by the bucketful and I feel saturated and heavy by a type of inadequacy that leaves me lingering on one thought:

I am a bad mother.

The truth is that he is hard. He is five. He is a boy. He is a middle child. And oh, holy cow is he hard. (Wait, did I already say that?) Still, I wonder if it’s me.

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