How do I know if I am a good mother?
Throughout high school, college, and medical school, I chased after positive praise in the form of honor rolls, accolades, and awards. With hard work and a type A personality, I collected them, each form of external validation a sort of feather in my cap. A cap that was never complete, but in constant need of bigger, more colorful feathers. I ultimately chose a career in surgery because as a surgeon, immediate feedback is abundant. A lot of it is negative, but at least it is obvious where one stands.
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Snyder RA. A Good Mother. JAMA. 2021;325(18):1837–1838. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.6271
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