I grew up in an atypical household. I am the only child of a single mother and don't have my father in my life. I don't have a relationship anymore with any of his family or my half siblings. But my mom taught me to be a hard worker and to excel in anything and everything I do. She expected a lot from me in school and at home.
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Yes mom taught you exactly right because there will be no helper in your life like father so you should depend on yourself so that you can live life in your way and easily no dependency on anybody else.
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