Jaycee Dugard's mom shares lesson for parents

In this July 1, 2011 photo released by ABC, ABC News' Diane Sawyer, left, speaks with Jaycee Dugard in Ojai, Calif., during her first interview since being kidnapped near her California home in 1991, when she was 11. Dugard wrote a memoir, titled "A Stolen Life," which recounts her ordeal in detail. The exclusive interview airs Sunday, July 10 at 9:00 p.m. EDT on ABC. AP Photo/ABC News

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Jaycee Dugard speaks with ABC's Diane Sawyer in Ojai, Calif., during her first interview since being kidnapped near her California home in 1991, when she was 11.
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(CBS) Jaycee Dugard's story is a harrowing one. Dugard, abducted from her South Lake Tahoe, Calif., home at age 11, suffered for 18 years in captivity, living in the backyard of her abductors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

During those long years apart, Dugard's family also suffered - with the unknown. But the first interview with Dugard, Jaycee's mother Terry Probyn, who also spoke, it seems, faced particular pain over a moment the night before Jaycee was kidnapped.

Probyn said, "She'd asked me the night before (she was kidnapped) to come in and say goodbye to her.

"I chose not to go in and kiss my girls goodbye that morning...wanted to be on time," she explained. "And for 18 years, I kick myself for not kissing that baby goodbye."

Dugard told her mother, "How could you have known, though? You can't beat yourself up about that."

Probyn said, "But it's a good lesson, you know? Take a minute for your kids. Do that extra thing that may be an inconvenience to you, but is important to them."

What did you think of Dugard's mom's words? What hard lessons have you had to learn over the years as a parent? Feel free to share in the comments below.

  • Amanda Cochran

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