Leaving the Nest: A Parent's View

Watching with trepidation my daughter move into her first apartment, I recalled my father's disapproval of my first pad

Parents must tread carefully when their children strike out on their own. Poorly chosen words about the choices a child makes can haunt even the most well-meaning parent, sometimes for years.

But my father's disdain is what lingers, even if it's just a bittersweet memory. Smart kids who were raised to make good decisions, like my daughter, deserve better messages than that.

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