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Prepare for Departure: Launch with Enthusiasm

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

The real success of parenting comes from knowing that our children will throw open the doors at eighteen and walk into their lives with confidence and enthusiasm.

—Vicki Hoefle

I believe that it is our responsibility as parents to ensure that our children throw open the doors at age eighteen, pause, turn, take one last look at us, and, with a smile on their face and excitement in their eyes, cross over the threshold and step into adulthood with confidence and enthusiasm. If this is to happen, it is essential that parents shift their view of parenting ...

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