I didn't have a terrible childhood but my mom used to work all the time and my brothers and I were on our own a lot. She was always too busy to interact with us. I know now that she had to do that to put food on the table for us but back then I would be so embarrassed that all my friends' parents were at our school functions and mine were never there. She use to forget us at school sometimes and we seemed to always be the last ones to get picked up. I try to spend as much time as I can with my DD now and when she gets older, I will try not to neglect her like I felt my mother did to us. She's a wonderful mother to us now but I felt that she didn't know how to mother when we were younger.