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The joy and pain of letting go when a child turns 18

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"Have you called to make sure you --" The eldest teenager put up a warning hand. "Mummy," she said, "You don't need to remind me. In fact, you're not allowed to remind me. I'm a legal adult now." "I know, darling, but I --" "Nope," she said kindly but firmly. "You have to trust me. I can handle things on my own." I smiled in a sheepish, pained sort of way and pressed my lips together to stop...

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