"One thing I struggled with..."
"One thing I struggled with for some time, was when my children ended up in detention (as minors), then lock-up detention, and then the court appearances that followed. For a long time, I felt like a failure as a mother. How could my kid(s) end up here? What if I run into someone I know? Then, one day as I was entering the building it hit me....there were other mothers there, who probably felt the same way! I suddenly felt at ease, and began chatting with one of them. We both acknowledged the same feelings in each other, and for the first time, I knew I wasn't alone in dealing with this. I wasn't a failure, I was simply a mother supporting my child who was learning one of the consequences of a life decision."