The Family Secret That Keeps Me Honest With My Children

Ten Percent Happier
April 21, 2022

Tom Sheppard didn’t grow up with his parents, but he spent his life trying to learn more about them. When Tom was just 3 years old, his father killed his mother. That part he knew. But he never got the full story on why and how it all happened. What’s more, he knew that the relatives who were lovingly raising him were withholding information about the incident. They weren’t lying to him, but he never got the whole truth either. Until a handful of years ago. In this episode, Tom tells us about the secret his family kept. And how his yearning to uncover the details over the years helped define who he is as a father. As a heads up, this episode contains depictions of violence.