It's a terrifying thing to realize that your child has hurt someone else. Whether the wounds are physical or emotional, you can hardly bring yourself to believe that your child has inflicted this pain. How could he? You ask yourself desperately. What does this say about my skills as a mother?
Fortunately, the answer is "very little." And that's one of the most important things you can remember as you deal with the immediate and long-term aftermath of your child's behavior: this is not about you.
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