In his new book Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon probes the depths of parents' love
for their children by examining the margins of that love, where parents are tested to the limits, and sometimes beyond, by the circumstances of their kids.
But parenting is challenging even with kids within the boundaries of "normal."How have your children challenged the limits of your love for them? And how did you deal with it?
Please share your story in the comment box.
Here's mine: I have a daughter. She's 2, and so far the challenges have been far fewer and less significant than I imagined before becoming a parent. I do sometimes worry, however, what would happen if she grows up to be a terrible person. Would it break my heart? Or would my love for her endure?
I take heart from the words of the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the Columbine shooters: "I know it would have been better for the world if Dylan had not been born. But I believe it would not have been better for me.”