There were times when I looked at some members of my family of origin and thought — What the hell is wrong with these people?? But The Universe blessed me with a bevy of second and third cousins who were there for me when siblings weren’t. And I built a better family for my kids. You’re so spot on about it being the rule rather than the exception though. Sadly.
A therapist once told me we were all raised by wolves. I countered that wolves were actually exceptional parents and THAT was an insult to all wolves everywhere.
I never cared what other people thought of me. It drove my kids crazy when they were teenagers until they realized I was always on their side. I would always show up for them. No matter what the world though I should do.
Your kids will know that love and support as well. We become the parents we wish we had. ❤️