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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 77

They have to live with their choices (and it’s OK)

When I was 16 I decided that I wanted to go into the Forestry Commission. I was accepted and just about to start my training when I suddenly announced that actually I wanted to go to art school instead. Quite a change. My mother must have had an opinion about this, but she admirably kept it to herself and supported my choice. I still have no idea which she thought would be best for me (if either).

You can’t help but have an opinion about most of your child’s choices if you care about them. You worry that they’re choosing a subject they’ll find too difficult, or they’ll regret giving up Spanish, or they’re only choosing physics because they like the teacher. But you can’t do anything ...

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