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How to be a Parent by Infinite Ideas

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5. Letting go: the sharpest learning curve

Parenting teens requires a whole new set of skills, over and above the parenting skills you have learned as your child has grown from baby to toddler, and toddler to child. The hardest of these is learning to let go. You will make mistakes, but be kind to yourself – you are new at this!

The hardest thing to accept as your child grows up is that you do not have that much control over another person’s life. Although you want to shelter your teenager from the harm and hurts that life can bring, the reality is that she needs to make mistakes just as you did. This is an incredibly hard lesson to learn.

Accepting this fact is like going into free fall. It makes your stomach churn. Your child is moving ...

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