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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 103

Encourage them regardless

When my daughter left school, she went to university. The uni she chose was in Manchester and I remember going to visit it with her and hoping she wouldn’t choose it, but she did. She grew up in the country and I just couldn’t see her in a big city so far from home. I didn’t tell her that, I just did my best to encourage her to do what she thought was best. And I’m very glad I did, because I was completely wrong. She had a great time.

It would be daft to suppose that you’d think every choice any of your kids ever make is wise, from the jobs they take to who they settle down with, to the way they raise their own kids. But they’re grown-ups now and they’re just as likely to be right as you are. More likely, ...

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