Daddy Jekyll, Daddy Hyde: Transforming patterns of verbal abuse for the sake of our children/Phillyvoice.com/Amy Wright Glenn
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Last year, Carol’s mother died from pancreatic cancer. It was a swift and terrifying demise. Carol, a single mom of a 5-year-old girl, provided a great deal of support at the time. They spoke on the phone daily and Carol spent many hours at the hospital holding her mother’s hand.
A few days before her mother’s death, during a rare moment of lucidity, Carol was given some heartfelt advice.
“You and Ken make a good couple,” her mother said. “Stay together and be patient with Ashlee.”
Stay together and be patient with Ashlee.
“It took a long time before I decided to leave,” Carol confides. “Sometimes I still wonder if I did the right thing.”
I have permission to share Carol’s story. My friendship with this gentle and intelligent woman spans decades. For most of her 10-year-long marriage, I assumed that all was well. It wasn’t. Like many women — and men — caught in the drama of a verbally abusive relationship, struggles are often experienced in shameful silence…….
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