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3. Frances of Rome Frances was mother of six, but her son Battista was the only one who survived infancy. When he was grown, he married a woman who disliked Frances (insert unnecessary mother-in-law joke here). Insulted, belittled, and cut out of her only son’s life, Frances didn’t give up on her daughter-in-law and continued to be kind to her, eventually changing her attitude and bringing peace to the family. Sometimes, it is only a mother who is strong enough to give way in humility and love in order to heal a fractured family. Her best parenting tip: Be the source of unity in your family, not division.

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