The Observer News Director Allen Winter
The Observer News Director Allen Winter

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I RECALL a few years ago when my daughter told us that she wanted to stay at home until she was 30.

Now 16, she can't wait to head off and find a life for herself; a life where she can make the big decisions that will pave her way through young adulthood.

However, looking at Kelli Downey's article today, that could all change one day.

It could well be that she heads off to the bright lights and then finds that life was heaps better at home.

Sometimes it takes going away from home and fending for yourself for a year or three to realise that what was experienced at home wasn't all that bad after all - and the requests to tidy up, to help around the place and all of those "boring" things were just a part of growing up; teaching kids to become independent.

They often don't realise that we as parents are actually trying to help them have a smooth passage, and it takes going away before they realise it.

Parenthood's not an easy thing. Nor is adolescence, where kids think they are bullet-proof, and they know heaps better than their mum and dad.

We all hope it won't take too long before our offspring get the message, that those requests are our way of teaching.



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