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As Good as I Could Be: A Memoir of Raising Wonderful Children in Difficult Times

ISBN13: 9780671034986
ISBN: 0671034987
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $12.0
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Published Date:
Pages: 192
Average Goodreads rating: 3.42/5 (24 ratings)

Having children transforms us -- through the amazing power of our love for them and theirs for us, through the anger they can provoke, and because being good parents means we must accept that we are no longer children. In As Good as I Could Be, bestselling author Susan Cheever chronicles with passion and courage her own imperfect transformation, offering inspiration for other parents doing the best they can.
By relating the trials and triumphs of raising a daughter and a son Cheever illuminates some basic truths learned along the way: a family should not be a democracy; teaching your children to celebrate their mistakes helps them forgive yours; and a damaged childhood is not a guarantor of bad parenting. With unflinching honesty, Cheever tackles tantrums, divorce, eating disorders, and alcoholism, celebrating how she and her kids have weathered all this -- and more -- with love and respect intact.