Sarah Ferguson and her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie
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Growing up with a mother who left the family for an Argentine polo player and a father who regularly called his daughter mean names, Sarah says she was determined to be a different kind of parent. She says she tried to raise her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, now 22 and 21, with the love that was lacking in her own childhood. "The best thing I've ever done is be a great mother, because I put the oxygen mask on my children, not on myself," she says. "I have brought the girls up with my entire heart and soul from the mother that I didn't have. So the great thing is they have confidence; they are strong."

Sarah says she hopes Beatrice and Eugenie don't have to make the same mistakes she did. "Every time that I can see them maybe not being completely honest, I'm there with them saying, 'Hey, what are you doing?'" she says. "'Remember I've made the mistakes. I've been there.'"
FROM: Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson: From Royalty to the Real World
Published on May 11, 2011

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