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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 92

The aftershock can last forever

Of course, eventually your children should get over their crises, or at least come to terms with things. In time they’ll come to accept – as we all do – that their parents are divorced, or that someone has died. If they’ve been through illness or injury, they’ll learn to cope with the fact that they have lost a limb or can’t eat everything their friends can. If they’ve had to relocate with you, they’ll make new friends sooner or later, and settle in at their new school.

But that doesn’t mean that it’s all over with. Some crises pass and leave you back where you started, but most leave you somewhere a little bit different. Sometimes very different. A child may have come to terms – as much as you ever can ...

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